Gonzaga University's Office of Sponsored Research and Programs is seeking a Grant and Contract Officer III to join a team that provides support services to faculty and staff that include all facets of research administration, from conducting preliminary funding searches to ideation through proposal submission. This position is a professional representative of Gonzaga University, and will support faculty and staff in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as the University of Washington – Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership.
The Grant and Contract Officer III position will report to the Director of Sponsored Research and Programs, and is responsible for the management of a comprehensive pre-and post- award portfolio. This includes developing applications, conducting ongoing compliance review to ensure accountability to sponsors, and submitting grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to foundations, associations, corporations, and federal and state agencies to support research, residential fellowships, instructional activities, and service programs. Working in collaboration with faculty, deans, finance, and other relevant stakeholders, this position serves as a key resource when identifying and resolving issues that arise throughout the life cycle of an award. This position will serve as the primary point of contact for all communication with faculty, various university departments, and sponsors, encouraging collaboration across departments while delivering a high level of customer service and well-rounded support.
A significant portion of the position will be to engage, support, and assist faculty in the discovery of grant opportunities and the development of proposals. The Grant and Contract Officer III will be involved in faculty professional development and will provide training, information, and guidance to faculty at all career stages, including mentoring faculty through the entire research development process.
6+ years of professional experience with sponsored projects administration in an academic (college/university/hospital) setting
As a consultant and mentor, qualified candidates will be able to demonstrate the following competencies: a) exemplary written and verbal communication skills; b) building and maintaining professional networks; c) building customer (constituency) loyalty; d) professional and effective influencing skills; e) budget development skills.
Proficiency using common office software, including Microsoft Office
Familiarity with pre-award file management and data management systems or other relational databases
Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of: pre-award and post-award administration (compliance, budget development, expense forecasting, submission, and financial reporting)
Demonstrated experience with training or instruction
Experience in electronic submissions using the online portals of foundations and federal agencies, as well as system-to-system (S2S) software used to facilitate electronic submissions.
Familiarity required with a range of grant information sources including Grants.gov, the Foundation Directory, GrantsForward, and Pivot.
Ability to make timely decisions, especially in difficult situations, and communicate them professionally and diplomatically to others.
Demonstrated ability to incorporate new ideas into practice
Ability to manage multiple projects and shifting priorities, and self-prioritize in a deadline-driven environment.
Demonstrated ability to build cordial working relationships within the institution, especially with faculty members, and effective partnerships with external collaborators.
Gonzaga University is a private four-year institution for higher education located in Spokane, Washington. Established in 1877, the university continues to use their education model of educating their students as a whole person- mind, body, and spirit. At Gonzaga, students discover how to integrate science and art, faith and reason, and action and contemplation. Gonzaga is a nationally ranked university and one of the top regional universities in the west. Home to over 7,800 students, Gonzaga offers a variety of undergraduate and master’s degrees, as well a Ph.D. and Juris Doctor through the school of law.