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University of Utah Sponsored Projects Grants & Contracts Officer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/02/2023

Requisition Number PRN33747B

Job Title Sponsored Projects Grants & Contracts Officer

Working Title Sponsored Projects Grants & Contracts Officer

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday through Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

REMOTE WORK OPPORTUNITY : Preference will be provided to residents in the state of Utah but residents within the United States will be considered.

VP Area President

Department 00644 - Office of Sponsored Projects

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $55,000 - $75,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Sponsored Projects Grant and Contract Officers provide and coordinate centralized administrative and technical guidance and support to University of Utah faculty and staff seeking extramural financial support for research, public service, clinic trials and sponsored institutional projects.

The value of being an employee at the University of Utah goes far beyond your base salary, so we encourage you to carefully consider and compare our total package offer. This package includes a variety of excellent employee benefits, including health care coverage, retirement plans, and paid leave time as well as other valuable benefits, services, and programs such as tuition reduction. One example is the U’s retirement benefits which amount to a 14.2% contribution in addition to your annual salary.

You may view the U’s total compensation estimator to calculate the approximate value of your total compensation at . If you have any questions on how to use the estimator tool, please contact Human Resources at 801-581-7447.


1. Provides expert advice and guidance on research proposals, awards and administrative processes.

2. Reviews and finalizes proposals for submission to sponsoring entities.

3. Coordinates budget preparation with faculty for research and clinical studies.

4. Analyzes proposed budgets for accuracy, potential profit/loss and payment restrictions.

5. Analyzes proposals, awards and agreements for compliance and consistency with federals and state laws and regulations, University policy and practice, research compliance restrictions and guidelines, financial and academic requirements, and agency policies and procedures.

6. Negotiates terms and conditions with sponsoring entities for proposals, awards, cooperative agreements and sub-contracts.

7. Establishes & manages awards. Assists in solving problems related to the administration of awards.

8. Assists faculty and staff in preparation of competitive and non-competitive grants and contract proposals.

9. Reviews and interprets sponsoring agency submission and expenditure requirements.

10. Coordinates interaction between other research administration areas.

11. Manages data via database.

12. Identifies and communicates appropriate funding opportunities.

13. Provides formal and informal training to faculty and staff.

This position provides support in highly specialized areas of Research Administration. The Office of Sponsored Projects is a customer service organization dedicated to supporting a diverse client set including University administration, faculty, support staff and sponsoring entities.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field or equivalency required (two years relevant work experience is equivalent to one year of education). Two years experience working with federal or private funding agencies on grants, contracts or other agreements required. The ability to work independently, effectively and efficiently under extreme pressure and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

An advanced degree in Public Administration, Law or a related field and five years of increasingly responsible experience within an academic or higher education environment preferred. Computer literacy in data management, document preparation and management, spreadsheet creation and presentation software is also preferred.

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


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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.