Post Award Manager


The SPARC Post Award Manager (PAM) is critical for the SPARC team in the support of current and future sponsored programs growth. Under the direction of the SPARC Assistant Director, the PAM oversees all the post-award activities for the SPARC office and is empowered to act independently in making decisions and authorizing actions such as but not limited to, allowability and authority to revise human resource commitments, budget management, no cost extensions, journal vouchers and the need to request authority from a sponsor. The PAM will serve as a liaison among Principal Investigators, university administrative units, sponsors, and departments/deans, and the SPARC team. The role of the PAM is critical in interpreting both agency and university requirements and best policies/practices to the departments and providing reports for funding volume, expenditures, NSF HERD reporting, and other unit KPI’s. The PAM also administers the return of F&A to colleges/administrative units.

There are four primary purposes of the SPARC Post Award Manager:


  1. Oversee the work and provide mentorship and training for the SPARC post-award team while providing financial and regulatory oversight of sponsored programs at the university; responsibility includes monitoring, reviewing, and implementing, where advisable, policies and procedures in post-award research administration at based on trends from peer institutions and requirements of federal and non-federal sponsors.
  2. Manage the effort reporting/salary verification process and serve as lead administrator of the UNCW effort reporting system.
  3. Manage subrecipient contracting, administration, risk assessment and monitoring.
  4. Supports education and outreach communication to SPARC office, along with faculty and staff across the university.

The PAM is also responsible for collaborating with UNC-GA and various UNCW departments and offices in the administration and development of systems designed to monitor effort certification, cost sharing, and fiscal compliance issues (involving but not limited to research, human resources, accounting, purchasing, and travel). Interaction with outside organizations (both prime sponsors and subrecipients) will be frequent and detailed. Responsible for drafting, review, and negotiating terms and conditions for outgoing sub-awards on sponsored activities. Provide advice and assistance to the Director, Assistant Director and Pre-Award Manager of SPARC with the overall financial compliance by the university for the use sponsored activities. Develop and maintain various reports for internal and external reporting. Act as grant officer on specific projects when needed to support the Post Award team.

This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, consistent with System Office policy.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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  • College/University
  • Government
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Business Manager
  • Compliance
  • Department Administrator
  • Finance, Operations
  • Government
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
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  • Full Time