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University of Nevada, Reno
  • Position Number: 2483193
  • Location: Reno, NV
  • Position Type: Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts

Grants & Contracts Specialist/Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:
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Job Description

The Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) at the University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for a Grants & Contracts Specialist or a Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist. The position reports to the Grants & Contracts Manager and the primary responsibility consists of reviewing, negotiating, and processing of sponsored projects awards, grants, and contracts for University research faculty, as well as, preparation of sub-award agreements along with the risk assessment, compliance review and monitoring of subrecipients and subcontractors.

The Grants & Contracts Specialist reviews template grant awards and contracts for compliance with university and NSHE policies and procedures, negotiates terms and conditions to meet said policies and procedures when necessary, assembles budgets and other documentation, and ensures compliance by university faculty with university policies and procedures as well as regulatory requirements prior to set up of expenditure accounts. The position also assesses risk of prospective sub-award recipients, prepares sub-award agreements with necessary flow-down terms and conditions from the prime award, and ensures the proper signing and processing of all sub-award documents. The position provides input to the Grants & Contracts Manager in establishing practices and procedures of the group and devising and refining agreement templates.

In addition to the above duties, the Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist drafts original agreements and reviews the terms and conditions and negotiates changes as necessary of more complex sponsored agreements such as non-profit organizations, local, state, and Federal government and private industry contracts issued to the University. The position serves as back-up to the Grants & Contracts Manager in his or her absence. The Senior Grants & Contracts Officer negotiates terms and conditions on clinical trials, and complex federal and state contracts.

Required Qualifications

Grants & Contracts Specialist (B)

Bachelor's Degree and two years of related work experience; OR a Master's Degree and one year of related work experience.

Related experience: Experience in research compliance and administration

Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist (C)

Bachelor's Degree and four years of related professional work experience; OR a Master's Degree and two years of related professional work experience

Related experience: Experience in research compliance and administration

Compensation Grade

Comp Grade B- Grants & Contracts Specialist

Comp Grade C- Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist

Salary Schedules

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information

Research & Innovation exists as a service organization for the University faculty. We focus on enhancing research enterprise by supporting collaboration and innovation. For more information about our department, please visit: opens new window" target="_blank" href="">

Department Contact

Charlene Hart opens new window" target="_blank" href="">


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

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Attach the following documents to your application

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact information for three professional references

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevadas land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a Top Tier Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a persons age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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