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Job Req ID:  54411

Grants & Contracts Analyst

Position Overview

This position will work alongside a dedicated post-award team to meet with investigator(s) and/or key stakeholders within RMS.  The position requires knowledge of accounting and budgeting theory in order to accurately and confidently convey financial information to the investigators and departments we support.  A key aspect of this position will require proactively identifying areas of financial risk so communication can take place well in advance to avoid any potential cost overruns.  Post-award functions include, but may not be limited to: account maintenance, budget distribution, billing/invoicing, reporting, compliance audits, effort reporting, allocating payroll and non-payroll expense, ensuring expenses are allowable and allocable, submitting cost transfers, annual projections, and timely closeouts.  This position will require the ability to make independent financial judgements on a daily basis.  Excellent communication skills and a customer service minded focus are essential skills required to succeed in the position.  While this role may assist with some aspects of non-sponsored funds, the primary goal of this position is to ensure timely, effective and efficient functioning of sponsored funding. 


Job Scope/Complexity:

The ideal candidate will work independently the majority of the time, with support from Principal Investigator (PI) and/or senior management level grants & contract professionals on managing increasingly more complex grants/contracts. Will provide standard professional administrative level guidance on protocols, regulations and guidelines to PI and other scientific/research professionals within the department.  May interact with external research/administrative professionals.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the process of setting up awards in designated department/division after grant number is assigned, including reviewing award, verifying award set-up and ensuring personnel are allocated appropriately/timely.
  • Ensure that post-award responsibilities are completed, including budget distribution, account reconciliation, e-form setup, effort reporting, cost transfers, paying invoices and finalizing agreement documents related to subaward setups.
  • Proactively manage unsupported salary and allocates payroll expense to projects to ensure accurate spending rates.
  • Review budgets and related justifications for appropriateness and completeness of content. 
  • Ensure that all applicable and indirect costs have been applied.
  • May also provide groundwork for subcontract negotiations.
  • Ensure compliance in all other areas related to grant and contract management, including sponsoring organization guidelines, internal protocols, accurate protocol information within grant documents, conflicts of interest, etc.
  • Utilize cost principles for both federal and non-federal funded projects to ensure expenses billed are allowable, reasonable, allocable and consistently applied.
  • Approve shopping carts, check requests, reimbursements and/or other related payment requests applying cost principles set forth above.
  • Develop and coordinate independent contracting agreements.
  • Develop and coordinate subaward contracting agreements.
  • Process invoices for payment utilizing the university’s standard operating procedures for low and high risk subawards.
  • Maintain ongoing updates and communications related to current funded grants and contracts, this includes regular auditing and reporting to principal investigators and departmental leadership.
  • Maintain and update position budgeting spreadsheet to assess 12 month funding projections to identify areas of potential financial risk due to anticipated salary gaps.
  • Proactively identify spending burn rates that are higher than expected in comparison to budget.
  • Manage commitments billed to award and clear any orders that will not be fulfilled to maintain accurate spending projections on all projects managed.
  • Conduct timely award closeouts in anticipation of project end including reviewing all expense billed to sponsored project and on-time submission of FSR/FFR.
  • Provide information and direct assistance required to complete grant and contract closeouts.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required,along with 2 years of finance/budgeting experience
  • Preferred degree in finance, accounting or other related field


Special Skills/Knowledge:

  • Ability to convey financial information to a wide variety of audiences
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer service focus
  • Knowledge of accounting and budgeting theory and practices required
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of The Johns Hopkins University accounting system and related fiscal offices preferred
  • Ability to make independent judgments and to act on decisions on a daily basis
  • Ability to work with flexibility on several tasks simultaneously and to meet various concurrent deadlines
  • Knowledge of external Federal guidelines/procedures for grants and contracts, including NIH, DOD, foundations and clinical trials
  • Intermediate excel knowledge preferred. 
  • SAP/Analysis experience preferred




Classified Title: Grants & Contracts Analyst 
Working Title: Grants & Contracts Analyst 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC 
Starting Salary Range: $50,700 -$69,780; Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M- F 8:00am- 4:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 60008428-SOM Admin Finance Research Services 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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