Research Administrator

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Administration and Business Operations, College of Engineering, Mid-Level

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Job Summary/Overview:

The Business Office in the College of Engineering is seeking an intermediate level Research Administrator to join a team that provides administrative and financial management in the post-award phase of sponsored research projects. There is a significant emphasis on budgeting and accounting activity in this position. This position is a critical resource to faculty and assures sound stewardship of sponsored research dollars. The successful candidate will have a strong customer service focus and be a self-starter who can work independently and as part of a team. Depending on experience, this role will have the opportunity to work a hybrid schedule.

Level Scope:

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees.

Essential Functions:

60% of the time:

• Oversee grant compliance and processes as it relates to grant accounting; monitor compliance with grant contracts and government guidelines.
• Monitor grants and funds monthly. Review appropriateness of transactions and submit payroll and other corrections in a timely manner as needed.
• Prepare budget versus actual reports with projections for P.I.s. Identify and prevent projected overspending. Work with P.I.s for the resolution of projects in deficit.
• Submit advance and budget adjustment requests to the Office of Sponsored Programs as appropriate.
• Manage cost share to ensure costs are appropriately expended.
• Review effort reports for accuracy.
• Provide documentation and information in support of audits.
• Maintain the security and confidentiality of all grant accounts and records.

35% of the time:

• Review and keep abreast of all new and existing Federal and State regulations to ensure compliance.
• Participate in and contribute to the management and implementation of process improvements to ensure efficiency.
• Serve as a mentor with other staff, and provide cross-training as needed.

5% Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Knowledge of accounting procedures and principles
• Superior attention to detail and accuracy
• Ability to research problems/issues to formulate solutions
• Ability to interpret and apply policies, procedures, laws, and regulations
• Adapt to changing assignments and multiple priorities with attention to detail
• Interact effectively as a member of a team and work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, or related field, with at least two years of professional-level experience.

• Four years equivalent relevant experience substituted for the degree requirement.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience in higher education or governmental accounting
• Experience and knowledge working with sponsored research projects
Salary and Benefits:

Salary range of $53,456 to $56,201 annually, depending on experience.

Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

• Cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for the position
• Resume with employment history (including dates of employment)
• Three professional references with contact information



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