Grants Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The School of Social Policy and Practice contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement. In pursuit of this mission, our theory-based masters and doctoral programs in social work, social welfare, nonprofit leadership, and social policy encourage students to think and work across disciplinary lines and cultures as well as across national and international boundaries.

The key responsibility of this role is to provide financial and administrative support for the research activities of the School of Social Policy & Practice. Under limited supervision, this position will manage all research funds, including sponsored programs, internal awards, etc. from pre-award through post-award. The Grants Manager will work in collaboration with Principal Investigators on areas including, but not limited to, proposal development; budget guidance and monitoring; compliance with sponsor and University guidelines; progress reporting and forecasting; close-out reports; effort reporting. This role will also handle award related accounting, payroll, purchasing, and other financial processes as well as manage all general ledger research related balances. As a key member of the School’s Finance & Administration team, the Grants Manager will perform analysis on sponsored project activity to understand fund flows, including the timing and impact on fiscal years; ensure appropriate indirect cost recovery rates; and participate in the budgeting, forecasting, variance analysis, and year-end closing processes as they relate to the position responsibilities.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience working with faculty creating proposals and managing grant funds required. Demonstrated decision making and problem solving ability as well as excellent critical thinking, communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills. Capability to independently manage multiple projects from start to finish. Ability to work under demanding timelines and to see the big picture while effectively analyzing details. Familiarity with UPENN sponsored research policies and related financial systems is a plus.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.