Research Administrator

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Classification:Fiscal Professional 2
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:VCAS Shared Services
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Are you ready to join our dynamic team of Research Administrators where you can grow and develop your career? We're hiring for multiple positions now! We provide excellent benefits and perks including: -12 paid holidays per year as well as paid time off -Tuition waivers for yourself and family members -Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision Care coverage -An Employee assistance program and a free wellness program with financial incentives for participation -State of Alaska PERS retirement plan -Position is located in Anchorage, AK with some on campus work for collaboration meetings. We offer a generous remote work opportunity for those who want the flexibility.


1•Perform other related duties incidental to the work described.Essential
30•Coordinate Shared Services Fiscal & General HR Activities: Request creation of cost transfers such as journal vouchers and labor redistributions. Provide guidance for the fiscal processes generated from the procurement of commodities and contractual services. Request the generation of travel authorization and expense reports in Concur. Provide guidance on human resources related processes/activities.Essential
4•Professional Development: Maintain a professional level of grant and contract management expertise including current knowledge of federal, state and local governmental agency requirements related to award administration. Engage in appropriate professional development & training activities as provided & recommended by UAA.Essential
5•Inventory Control: Manage inventory in compliance with university and granting agency policies, procedures and regulations.Essential
60•Grant Administration: Serve as point of contact for UAA Shared Services for grants, contracts, work order, and cooperative agreements. Review and provide interpretation of grant and contract requirements to ensure compliance with university and granting agency policies and procedures including interpretation of a wide diversity of rules and regulations pertaining to grants (e.g. Federal, State and University policies and regulations, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), the Internal Revenue Code and other contractual agreements.) Manage fiscal components of work orders for service center activities. Manage grant-related activity from development to final reporting requirements. Prepare monthly budget analysis, forecast and projections for principal investigators. This includes analysis of soft ledgers and Banner-generated reports, preparation of financial reports and projections. Work with UAA Office of Sponsored Programs in the submission of grant effort certifications.Essential

As part of our Research Administrator Team:

  • You’ll help University principal investigators to identify grant opportunities, prepare project proposals and budgets, determine staff and expense eligibility, ensure compliance with terms and regulations, and ensure proper project invoicing and account reconciliation.
  • Every day we’ll rely on you to advise principal investigators on the best practices established by the university’s Office of Sponsored Programs and to answer questions about policies and procedures.
  • To thrive in our team environment, you should be customer service oriented, have strong interpersonal communication skills, with a willingness to maintain a professional level of grant and contract management expertise. You’ll use your experience and expertise to assist our customers with their research administration needs.
  • You’ll prepare monthly budget analysis, forecasts and projections for principal investigators. Your ability to analyze accounts, interpret budgets and identify the significance of financial data will assist our customers in making sound fiscal decisions.

UAA Shared Services is a newly formed unit at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We deliver efficient, effective, and customer-friendly administrative services in the areas of Human Resources, Research Administration, and Business Services to support the university’s teaching, research, and public service missions. ​​​​​​ Our customers are the University’s colleges, departments and administrative units.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $26.08 hourly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

To Apply:

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

  • Position is located in Anchorage, Alaska with some on campus work for collaboration meetings. We offer a generous remote work opportunity for those who want the flexibility.
  • This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on January 18, 2022. To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, 1/17/2022.
  • To be considered, please include the following required documents in your application:
    • Resume which includes contact information for three professional references
    • Cover letter which describes how you’re a good fit for our team



  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database development, and query development specific to financial or budget analysis.
  • Knowledge of accounting theory and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations associated with capital and operating budgets.
  • Knowledge of fiscal related rules and regulations, and the ability to interpret and apply those rules and regulations.
  • Ability to analyze and implement improvements.
  • Ability to lead administrative staff activities.
  • Knowledge of or experience with Banner. (preferred)
  • Knowledge of UAA employment, benefit, procurement and travel regulations. (preferred)
  • General human resources knowledge, particularly with recruitment and hiring. (preferred) 
  • Grant and contract administration experience. (preferred)


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, statistics or related field and two years of professional fiscal experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 
  • Grant and Contract administration experience strongly preferred.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, statistics or related field and two years of professional fiscal experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 
  • Grant and Contract administration experience preferred.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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