The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is seeking a full time, two year fixed term Associate Research Administrator to join its research administration team.Â Under the direction of the Department Chair, Department Business Manager and faculty, this position will support 50% the daily departmental research activity, contracts and grants, and other department financial needs and the other 50% of the position reporting under the direction of the Director of Petroleum Engineering supporting the Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies and related activities, NexSoft, DOE and the USC-KOC Center for Research and Graduate Studies.Â Â
The core job duties are:
Assists assigned faculty and the Petroleum Director with the submission of proposals to assure all necessary university and agency requirements are met.
Prepares budgets and gathers data necessary to submit proposals in accordance with agency and university guidelines. Disseminates information to Viterbi Business Affairs, faculty home academic departments, the Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG), Principal Investigators, and Agencies.
Assists when notifications of awards are received by updating original account budgets proposed. Notify faculty of the receipt of awards and communicate necessary expenditures.
Serves as primary liaison and active partner between principal investigators and the Office of Sponsored Research to ensure awards are set up properly and cost-sharing requirements are fulfilled.
Monitors account activity and reconcile accounts to assure that all account activity is related to the project and is charged appropriately.Â When discrepancies are found, informs faculty and takes necessary steps to correct the transactions, such as expense transfers or object code reclassifications.Â Observes account balances and processes budget changes when necessary to comply with original scope of work.Â References agency guidelines to make sure that budget changes are in compliance with the specified requirements from individual agencies.
Processes, tracks, and posts expenditures for travel reimbursements, settlements of advances, and invoices on the assigned accounts.Â Expedites procurement orders and reimbursements, requisitions, and foreign drafts.
Develops and communicates project status reports.
Participates in contract closeout process.
Reviews and reconciles accounts and provides faculty with account summaries and projections reports on a monthly basis.
Keeps updated information regarding agency funding/spending guidelines and restrictions. Communicates information to faculty and other research-related staff to ensure that guidelines set forth by agencies are followed.
Keeps in compliance with USC/School/Departmental expenditure policies and procedures to advise faculty and research related-staff to assure these policies are followed when handling their requests for all purchases, including but not limited to: equipment, travel arrangements, conference registrations, supplies reimbursement, and travel expense reimbursements, etc.
Works closely with Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) on questions that arise on continuing and expiring awards, including the preparation of financial, progress and final report.
Advises faculty of remaining time of project periods and account balances in advance to assure that extensions on research projects are requested in a timely manner if research has to be extended beyond current project periods. Consult agency guidelines to provide faculty with options regarding extensions on research periods.
Advises research individuals of disbursement & purchasing policies and procedures.Â Assure these policies are followed when processing requests for purchases, travel, conference registrations, supply reimbursements, and travel expense reimbursements.Â
Conducts forecasts/projections for awards received to assure that original scope of work will be satisfied.Â Communicate with faculty, review original proposal submission, and verify applicable fringe and F&A rates to prepare forecasts, annual, and final agency reports.Â
Assist with the management of department operating budgets reports.
Prepares payroll for research staff, faculty, research assistants, student workers, visiting scholars.Â Prepares and processes hiring paperwork for research assistants and research staff.
Assists with immigration visa processing when appropriate.
Enters graduate research assistant awards in the university student information system.
Uses the eCERT Effort Certification Online System, reviews & prepares quarterly and semester reports for all faculty that serve as Principal Investigator.
Assists with the department operating payroll transactions.
Routinely meets with principle investigators
Attends department meetings and central meetings (e.g. Viterbi Business Affairs, USC Research Administration Office, DCG, Mork Family Department Meetings, CiSoft, KOC and PTE meeting etc.)
Assist with invoicing, purchases and reimbursements associated with department operating budgets and reports account balances and budget projections
Contributes to process improvements.
Additional administrative tasks as determined by the Department Business Manager, Research Administration lead, and the PTE Director
Three years of account and budget experience including knowledge of government and fund accounting and knowledge of university financial systems.Â Strong computer skills using MS Office Suite, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.Â Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, ability to prioritize, organize, analyze and work independently in a fast paced and demanding work environment.
Required Applicant Documents:
A complete application consists of a resume/CV and a cover letter.
Minimum Education:Bachelor's degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Basic knowledge of governmental regulations. Strong accounting skills. Competency inproject management. A Bachelorâs Degree with broad knowledge of relevant researchcomputer software, e.g.: Microsoft Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Outlook, SPSS,Visio, and SunGard. Experience in creating and analyzing statistical reports. Must be ableto utilize computer technology to access data, maintain records and generate reports.Proven oral and written communication skills to interact with other employees.
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