Research Financial Administrator



The Allen Discovery Center (see is dedicated to the advancement of basic biology and biomedicine, and to using an integrated approach to control biological structure and function.  Through a combination of molecular genetics, biophysics, and computational approaches, researchers at the Center work toward a multi-level control of patterning.  Novel technology is being developed to modulate the bioelectric communication that enables cells to coordinate their activities toward specific anatomical and functional outcomes. This new type of epigenetic control has significant implications for developmental biology, evolution, unconventional computation, and synthetic bioengineering.  Applications in progress include the repair of birth defects, regenerative medicine, cancer reprogramming, and synthetic biology.

What You'll Do

The Research Financial Administrator provides an administrative support structure for the Director and manages the financial administration of center funds. This job requires a knowledge of accounting theory, administrative savvy, and knowledge of pertinent policies and procedures required to facilitate and manage a broad scope of activities in a complex and growing research environment.  The Research Financial Administrator must be able to exhibit sound judgment and assume responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and the operational quality of the center. Knows the formal and informal goals, standards, policies and procedures, and is sensitive to the interrelationship of both people and functions within the Center. The role will also handle the below duties:

  • Keeps abreast of regulations and develops the expertise to maintain up-to-date compliance.
  • Provides oversight for the expenditure of funds, ensuring that funds are expended according to sponsoring organization's stipulations.
  • Uses appropriate cost rates, such as indirect, salary, and benefit rates for proposed budgets.
  • Develops budget justifications to ensure it relates to the budget.
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant institution and/or agency regulations and restrictions.
  • Demonstrates the ability to interpret and communicate financial considerations essential for the planning for both short- and long-term goals.
  • Represents the goals of the Center to a variety of internal and external contacts and agencies.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired by Bachelors degree and 5+ years experience
  • Experience with submitting grants applications to federal agencies, e.g. NIH, NSF, DARPA, as well as private granting institutions
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload to meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Must be able to work independently and within a team
  • Requires experience with various software applications, such as spreadsheets, databases, and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports
  • Requires good oral and written communication skills to exchange information tactfully and effectively

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of working in an academic environment a plus
  • MBA or CRA (Certified Research Administrator)

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

Requires the ability to be organized in a fast-paced environment and demands detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks requiring concentrated attention.

Pay Range

Minimum $76,900.00, Midpoint $96,150.00, Maximum $115,400.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range. 

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

Contact Information

Tufts University
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Background Information

4-Year Degree
Years of Experience
  • College/University
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
Work Authorization
Security Clearance

Target Job Information

$76,900 - $115,400
Job Type
  • Full Time