Contract Administrator (Pre-Award Specialist)

University of Maryland College of Agriculture   College Park, MD   Full-time     Other
Posted on October 27, 2023
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Position Number: 120579
Title: Contract Administrator
Functional Title: Contract Administrator (Pre-Award Specialist)
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: AGNR-Dean-Fiscal Office
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Pre-Award Specialists (PAS) will provide support to AGNR faculty members for pre-award sponsored projects and other restricted proposal submissions as required. The PAS will collaborate with faculty members in the preparation of proposals and oversee the final submission to the sponsor. In partnership with the AGNR Assistant Director of Pre-Award Services, the PAS will coordinate and serve as liaison with AGNR Research Office, Office of Research Administration (ORA), departmental support staff, department Chairs, agency representatives, and PI’s to respond to pre-award related issues and questions during the proposal preparation and submission process. As a member of a multi-person team, each PAS will have primary responsibility for sponsored projects generated from specific departments and/or University of Maryland Extension programs within AGNR and will report to the Assistant Director of Pre-Award Services within the Dean’s Office.
Benefits Summary Top Benefits and Perks:


Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Business Administration, Accounting, or a related field.

    • 2-4 years of experience in grants management or relevant work experience is required.
    • Experience with preparing and managing budgets.
    • Experience with analyzing, evaluating, and recommending solutions on grant-related matters. 
    • Experience with electronic research systems such as, NSF Fastlane/, NIH Commons/ASSIST, etc.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Proficiency with standard office and business software applications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Possess interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Ability to work independently on assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and preparation of grant proposals.
  • Working knowledge of federal regulations regarding fiscal management of federal funds such as 2 CFR 200 Uniform Guidance and Federal Acquisition Regulations. 
Adept with Microsoft Excel.
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Additional Information:  
Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position
Physical Demands
Typical office environment, occasional moving of boxes, computers, and peripherals may be required.
Posting Date: 08/11/2023
Closing Date:  
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 11/15/2023
Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.