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Grants & Contracts Manager

General Summary


The Grants & Contracts Manager is responsible for all activities related to the sponsored projects within the department and supporting our divisions.  Will oversee primarily pre-award, with support of post-award and closeout activities for a variety of grants/contracts, with varying levels of complexity.  This role also manages a staff of two or more professional and para-professional level positions.  The Manager serves as first point of contact and resource guide for department faculty and analysts for the planning and development of budgets for submission with grant packages to various federal agencies, private agencies, foundations and commercial contract proposals. This includes providing instruction on protocol, regulations and guidelines pertinent to the agency/or university. 

Job Scope/Complexity:  Will provide broad/in-depth guidance on protocols, regulations and guidelines to PI and other scientific/research professionals, both within the University and with other associated research/administrative professionals outside of the University.  This position offers guidance and learning support to Grants & Contracts Managers, Analysts, Specialists and Coordinators within the department.  Works closely with faculty and staff on complex awards and submissions; provides ongoing staff training; disseminates information on new regulations and compliance rules; provides quarterly and annual sponsored funding reports as needed to department, center and/or division leadership as required.  Will act as the final point of contact for the department, center, and/or division with faculty, grants and sponsored research staff.


Types of sponsored awards:   This position works independently on a variety of complex level grants/contracts, including those from NIH, DOD and private and foundation sources.  These grants, contracts and awards may involve highly detailed budgets, multiple projects, Cores and Sub-awards, Investigator-initiated, Consortium and New Center, Dept. of Defense grants, higher complexity Foundation grants and pharmaceutical company clinical trials.  Will also provide direction and assistance to Analysts with details related to Sub-awards from other institutions on their federal pass-through grants.  Will oversee pre-award and post-award for departmental training grants (T32) as well as certain international awards as assigned.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Serve as department/division liaison for Departmental Sponsored Projects Office, Office of Research Administration and University Shared Services.
  • Partner with and act as final point of contact with departmental faculty and/or budgetary staff and the Office of Research Administration toward the planning and development of application submissions to various federal offices, private agencies/foundations and commercial companies.
  • Responsible for departmental pre-review of complex proposals.
  • Manage process of final grant package presentation and approval with the Office of Research Administration.
  • Responsible for the timely preparation of proposal budget for Principal Investigator Review.
  • Revise and advise on approved budget changes to awarded grants/contracts.
  • Manage the sponsored portfolios of various departmental faculty, if needed.
  • Review and respond to other support requests as needed.
  • Manage the process for delivering the technical and financial reports for private and government sponsors.
  • Provide on-going guidance, facilitation & expertise to faculty in their grant pursuit efforts by providing analysis of all grant and contract applications.
  • 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.
  • Maintain ongoing updates and communications related to current grants and contracts, this includes regular auditing and reporting to principal investigators on upcoming progress reports.  Also provide relevant updates and reports to departmental leadership, as needed. 
  • Provide regular reporting to principal investigators on financial status of grants, contracts and discretionary accounts.  Assist with closeout of grants and contracts, as well as transfers of grants to and from JHU. 
  • Oversee and direct all aspects of complex pre-award management activities and provide oversight to other members of the grants & contracts team, including monitoring and managing reporting, outgoing subcontracts (both domestic and foreign).
  • Provide information and direct assistance required to complete contract and grant closeouts, as needed.  Ensure that all closeouts handled by other members of the grants & contracts team have been handled appropriately.
    Ensure compliance in all other areas related to grant and contract management, including compliance registrations, safety and environmental health issues, internal protocols, conflicts of interest, etc.
  • Manage the performance and efficiency of other members of the departmental grants and contracts team. Work with divisional Grants & Contracts staff, provide training and guidance as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required.   Five years of related experience in sponsored research and/or financial positions, preferably in an academic or medical setting.  Some familiarity with legal principles of negotiation.


  • Two of those years must include working in a lead or supervisory capacity with extensive supervisory responsibilities or high level, direct involvement in JHU grants and contracts leadership development training projects, serving as a recognized subject matter expert.



Additional Applicable Information:

Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. 


Successful completion of the RAT program (13-15 months) is equivalent to two years of relevant experience for this position.  If an employee does not successfully complete the program, no additional experience will be applied.



Special Skills/Knowledge:


  • 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. COEUS system experience, preferred.
  • Ability to make independent judgments and to act on decisions on a daily basis.
  • Proven ability to provide leadership, management and training to the sponsored research team.
  • Ability to work with flexibility on several tasks simultaneously and to meet various concurrent deadlines.
  • Thorough knowledge of external Federal guidelines/procedures for grants and contracts, including NIH, DOD and others.
  • Strong communication skills are required as well as tact and discretion. Maintain strict confidentiality of payroll/personnel and budget information.
  • Knowledge of Excel, Access and Word.
  • Knowledge of JHU on-line systems for budgets, purchasing and accounting preferred. 




Classified Title: Grants & Contracts Manager 
Working Title: Grants & Contracts Manager ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: $68,456.00 - $94,063.00;  Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department Name: 10003045-SOM Pat General Administration 
Personnel Area: School of Medicine


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