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Associate Director, Post Award Research Administration
Tufts University

Date Posted Apr. 25, 2022
Title Associate Director, Post Award Research Administration
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Financial Planning/Budget Management


We are seeking an experienced Associate Director, Post Award Research Administration professional to work in the Central Post-Award sub function overseen by the office Research Administration & Development. Post-Award provides financial oversight of all sponsored award activities from set up to closeout, and is part of of the Finance Division, office of the Controller.

What You'll Do

The Associate Director, Post Award Research Administration manages a team of specialists to provide post award financial management for faculty and local researchadministrators. Identifies team goals and priorities for continuous proactive management of sponsoredportfolios in accordance with government regulations, donor requirements and university policy. Handlescomplex cases/situations and serves as signing official.


Essential Functions:


  • Through the post award specialist team, manages fiscal post-award functions of diverse/complex grants and
    contracts including award intake, set-up, budget management and award maintenance. Manages accounting
    system updates, expenditure review and approval, financial reporting, cash management, invoicing and
    closeouts and ensures compliance with university, federal and sponsor regulations.
  • Manages process and audits flow of funds from awarding agencies; prepares reports and recommendations for management.
  • Serves as signing official on post award financial documentation, conducts final review and approval of annual and final fiscal reports or vouchers requesting payment under sponsored projects.
  • Reviews labor distribution analyses and audits; prepares and presents reports and recommendations to
  • Manages closeout process of sponsored projects for all teams and overall compliance with final deliverables.
  • Builds and maintains partnerships with university research community and within OVPR division to facilitate
    seamless management of sponsored programs. Provides advice and expertise to ensure compliance with
    applicable laws, policies and procedures. Develops and delivers onboarding and training sessions and mentors local research administrators.
  • Manages special projects for post award administration and represents unit on university committees. Analyzes research administration processes, evaluates and recommends post award policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Manages a team of post award specialists including hiring, providing training and development opportunities
    and evaluating performance. Identifies team goals and priorities for continuous proactive management of
    sponsored portfolios.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 7-10 years
  • Strong technical grant accounting skills and experience
  • Demonstrated management skills and experience
  • Proven project management skills and experience
  • Strong proficiency with enterprise financial systems and Microsoft Office applications


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.

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