Senior Project Officer

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

* Requisition no: 503119
* Work type: Full Time
* Location: Medical Center
* School/Department: Sponsored Projects Admin
* Grade: Grade 105
* Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
* Job Type: Officer of Administration
* Bargaining Unit:
* Regular/Temporary: Regular
* End Date if Temporary:
* Hours Per Week: 35
* Salary Range:

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Director of Research Operations, CUIMC of Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), the Senior Project Officer (Sr. PO) works closely with other staff members in the day-to-day SPA operations. The Sr. Project Officer is expected to deliver high-quality, customer-focused grants-management services, interacting with faculty and administrative staff to facilitate sponsored-project planning, program and administration, and to serve as the single point of contact for their assigned portfolio in this regard. The Sr. Project Officer is expected to adhere to sponsor and University guidelines and procedures. This position requires problem-solving skills in a deadline-driven environment as well as the consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance.


* Coordinate pre-award review of grant and contract submissions, adhering to sponsor and University policies;
* Advise principal investigators and departmental administrators about University policies and proposal preparation guidelines;
* Act as the official institutional signatory on sponsored research proposal submissions, progress reports, prior approval requests, and other official actions;
* Facilitate the processing for legal review and/or account setup of grant awards, contracts, subcontracts, and other award instruments;
* Provide support and act as a central resource of knowledge for issues occurring throughout the lifecycle of a sponsored award;
* Liaise with other University central and departmental units regarding sponsored project-related compliance, finance, or other administrative issues;
* Maintain a current and up-to-date knowledge of existing and evolving institutional policies and sponsor regulations, with emphasis on the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health;
* Undertake other special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

* Requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience plus 4 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

* Prior experience with Federal (NIH, DOD, NSF, CDC, HRSA) grant proposal preparation, sponsored research compliance, and knowledge of post-award administration is preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Applications open: Sep 16 2019 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close:

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