Senior Research Accountant Physical & Biological Sciences 
JOB #: 2009458
Full time ; Career  Starting Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000/annually. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial Review Date:
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Involves providing analytical and financial support in proposal processing, contract and grant administration, and budget development, including pre-award proposal initiatives, management of funds post-award, and closeout activities for federal, state, local and private sponsors. Involves activities associated with forecasting, planning, and managing of research portfolios by performing some or all of the following: coordinating and identifying and developing and / or presenting proposals, contracts and other agreements; reviewing proposals to ensure institutional compliance; negotiating, administering and monitoring contract and grant awards, including compliance with regulations, terms and conditions; financial management and reporting; and sub award / subcontract issuance and administration.
Uses advanced contracts and grants concepts to manage high volume and high complexity transactions. Reviews and guides others in the review of financial and administrative management requirements of research contract and grant awards to ensure compliance with institutional and sponsor policies. Works independently to assess complex grant, contract and subcontract transactions where analysis requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. May serve as a technical specialist in a particular area, such as federal contracts, state contracts, subcontracts or information systems. Typically works on highly complex awards such as grants / contracts which require task budgets, option years, multiple investigators and multiple sub awards. Is eligible for delegated authority.
Reporting to the Research Administration Manager (RAM) for Physical and Biological Sciences, the Senior Research Analyst has responsibility for unit staff training, and for the financial management and administration of some of the Division's more complex and challenging research portfolios. The incumbent may also be asked to serve as the unit lead in the RAM's or Assistant RAM's absence.
The Division of Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci) extramural income, generated from over 175 distinct funding agencies, is currently $81 million income annually and $61 million in direct cost expenditures. Including university-wide research funding, the unit manages 1000 accounts and multiple cost centers for 279 faculty and principal investigators.
The Senior Research Analyst plays a pivotal role in research administration support services for PBSci faculty and principal investigators. The position provides critical input in developing business practices and leading process improvements, trains new research accountants hired into the unit and works with the RAM to implement new systems (ex: UC Path). The incumbent facilitates the administration of unique and complex research initiatives by balancing and resolving contrasting perspectives and requirements of researchers, agencies, and the University of California and identifying solutions to problems to ensure that research can move forward successfully.
Client Population: The Departments of Astronomy, Ecological and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, Mathematics, Ocean Sciences, and Physics, and the Institute of Marine Sciences, Institute for Particle Physics, ACCESS Program, CAMP Program, Minority Access to Research Careers/Minority Biomedical Research Support, UC LEADS, Monterey Bay Regional Studies Program, Center for Molecular Biology of RNA, and the research affiliates at the National Marine Fisheries Service Santa Cruz Laboratory and the Santa Cruz branch of the United States Geological Service.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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