Job Information

University of Utah Grants/Contract Officer in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 10/07/2021

Requisition Number PRN27923B

Job Title Grants/Contract Officer

Working Title Grants/Contract Officer

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Full time.

VP Area President

Department 01214 - HCI Research Admin Dept

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 72700

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This position assists Principal Investigators at the Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) by performing administrative and technical functions associated with mainly grants, some contracts, and other agreements from external funding sources. The position also serves as a liaison to the Office of Sponsored Projects ( OSP ), Institutional Review Board ( IRB ), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ( IACUC ), the Office of the Vice President and Research, and other campus entities as necessary. This position is hybrid, and a successful candidate will telecommute from home.



Essential Post-award duties include but are not limited to:

1. Monitoring project spending to ensure funds received are expended according to federal, state and University regulations.

2. Preparing monthly Grant Compliance Reports for each project in a timely manner.

3. Communicating project status monthly with Principal Investigators and Administrative Assistants to ensure distributions, expenditures, encumbrances and other financial components are accurate.

4. Enforcing compliance and ensuring consistency with federal and state regulations, University policies and practices, research compliance restrictions and guidelines, financial and academic requirements, close-out practices, and agency policies and procedures.

5. Assisting Principal Investigators and Administrative Assistants with progress and final reports to make certain they are submitted by the agency deadline.

6. Maintain a current knowledge of changing institutional policies and federal requirements governing externally funded grants and contracts.

In addition to Post duties, HCI Grants & Contracts Officers assist with maintaining the NCI / NIH required elements of the Cancer Center Support Grant ( CCSG ). A CCSG role is assigned at time of hire, and is based on component need.

Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture. Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field; two years experience working with federal or private funding agencies on grants, contracts, or other agreements (preferably within an academic or higher education complex), or equivalency; the ability to work effectively and efficiently under extreme pressure; and demonstrated communication and organizational skills required.

Eight years of work experience in administration, accounting and/or general office supervision can be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


A successful candidate can expect to thrive in our quick-paced and interesting environment.

-Personal skills: the ability to work independently and effectively under pressure, strong written and verbal communication, the ability to navigate detail-oriented work, and the ability to organize and maintain an ever-varying workload.

-Experience with University systems, especially chartfield accounting, UShop, Vouchers, ePR and the Financial Library is preferred for post-award candidates.

Education: Bachelors degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a related field, two years’ experience working with federal or private funding agencies on grants, contracts or other agreements, or equivalency.

-Eight years of work experience in administration, accounting and/or general office supervision may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.