Division/Department: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Reports To: Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
This role supports reviewing and managing pre- and post-award grant services, ensuring that submissions meet governmental, agency, and Morehouse regulations. They will represent Morehouse in grant-related matters with outside funding sources, administer database management activities concerning Morehouse grants and contracts activity, and respond accordingly.
The role participates in the review of sub-awards, assists faculty in pre-award grant proposal development, provides grant management instructions to principal investigators and staff, assists with coordination of grant development workshops, assists with internal and external audits of grants and other sponsored programs, help ensures the integrity of internal grants controls.
The grant specialist also serves as the Institutional Review Board administrator and ensures the IRB maintains Federalwide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects compliance in research.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Participate in reviewing and managing pre- and post-award grant and sub-award services, ensuring that submissions meet governmental agency and Morehouse regulations; review grants and contract budgets and ensure compliance.
- Represent Morehouse in grant-related matters with outside funding sources and respond accordingly; serve as the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs representative, authorize transmittal forms, and certify compliance.
- Administer database management activities regarding grants activity and notify Morehouse's Office of Strategic Marketing Communication of new external awards; assist the director with creating grants forms and generating the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs newsletter and annual reports.
- Coordinate and assist with grant development workshops; provide grant management instructions to principal investigators, business managers, the Faculty Research Committee, and Morehouse staff while assisting them in understanding federal, local, and Morehouse regulations.
- Work closely with faculty and staff to prepare and submit proposals/applications by internal and agency deadlines, providing assistance with budgets and all other parts of the application; assist faculty and staff with the preparation of grant transfers, progress reports, and closing reports.
- Work closely with principal investigators, grants accounting, and administrators to communicate the status of applications and active awards.
- Coordinate post-award meetings between principal investigators, the business office, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
- Update Morehouse's information and maintain an active and accurate registry of Morehouse employees on federal agency websites such as grants.gov, nsffastlane.gov, research.gov, eRA Commons, GrantSolutions, SAM, and ORI, etc.
- Serve as the Institutional Review Board administrator to ensure Federalwide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects compliance, manage IRB applications and notifications, and maintain minutes of board meetings.
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of federal regulations and policies
- Research and data management skills
- Knowledge of Uniform Guidance, particularly the Code of Federal Regulations that are applicable to grants and contracts
- Strong computer skills, including word processing, database management, and spreadsheet skills
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
- Experience working in a college or non-profit setting
- Attention to detail
- Ability to research issues and propose solutions to problems
- Familiarity with federal and non-federal grant and contract policies
- Ability to work with individuals across divisions and administrative offices
under hard deadlines
- Ability to maintain professionalism when working with a diverse group of
Education and Experience
- Minimum of Bachelor's degree required
- Minimum of four years of related experience
- Knowledge of and experience in obtaining grants/contracts from
- Knowledge of Uniform Guidance
- Strong software and computer skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Research Administrator Certification – CRA (preferred, but not required)
- Sitting and standing for extended periods
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, power tools, and to handle other computer components
- Occasional walking as required
- Commensurate with experience