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Grant + Contract Officer

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Grant + Contract Officer


Campus: Tempe

Grant + Contract Officer

Job Description

The ASU Knowledge Enterprise is seeking an experienced research administrator to join the central Research Operations team at Arizona State University (ASU).

Research Operations serves as an essential resource to faculty and staff by assisting to secure and successfully manage external funding for University research and sponsored activities and to provide quality support and outstanding customer service, one customer at a time - concentrating resources on improving processes, managing risk, and compliance. Our business processes have been fine-tuned over the years and continue to evolve to meet our changing needs.

As a proficient Grant + Contract Officer (GCO) you will be assigned to a team of 4-8 research administrators. You will support one or more of the following focused areas of research and sponsored projects administration: administrative review and submission of proposals for project funding, negotiation of incoming and outgoing agreements with external entities, and/or financial administration and accounting for sponsored project awards.

Job Family

Research Operations

Department Name

Research Operations



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$44,950 - $63,000 per year, DOE

Close Date

13-November- 2023 is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed every two weeks until the job is filled.Rolling deadline



Essential Duties

As a Grant & Contract Officer (GCO) you will serve as a resource to ASU Research Advancement Administrators, providing assistance, guidance and counsel to verify and ensure ongoing compliance with all applicable regulatory and financial compliance requirements imposed on Institutions of Higher Education including, but not limited to: sponsor, ABOR, University, state, and federal regulations. 

In conjunction with and in support of Research Advancement Administrators (RAs), Research Operations GCOs:

  • Review grant and contract award terms and conditions
  • Provide identification, guidance, and mitigation of risks connected with non-standard contractual conditions
  • Review, authorize, and transmit grant and contract proposals to sponsors
  • Actively participate in the negotiation of terms providing recommendations, assistance, and support during negotiations, as necessary
  • Read and interpret contracts and other award documents to determine budget, invoicing schedule, restrictions, and other pertinent information
  • Interpret regulations and guidelines of program funding for complex grants and contracts
  • Prepare renewals and periodic reports for grant agencies
  • May be responsible for setting up awards in the ASU systems, as requested or required
  • Work with RAs to ensure timely and accurate post-award accounting of grants and contracts
  • Review reconciliation of accounts for compliance of charges in accordance with sponsoring agency/contract conditions and requirements
  • Manage awarded projects in accordance with university and sponsor regulations
  • Provide contract, policy and procedure interpretation to academic departments
  • Review and assist in preparation of invoices and standard and non-standard accounting reports to federal and sponsoring agencies, including, but not limited to: detailed cost and financial analysis, forecasts and projections reflecting interrelationships of accounting data, and provision of financial tracking and fiscal control to fulfill reporting requirements.
  • May prepare or assist in preparation of special accounting studies and monitor final reporting requirements
  • Interact with sponsors and staff to resolve problems and correct errors in fund management to ensure timely collection of revenue through accurate presentation of invoices
  • Maintain all applicable project records and files
  • Decide proper handling of financial transactions
  • Approve transactions within designated limits
  • Recommend changes to accounting system, methods, or procedures, utilizing knowledge of accounting principles and practices
  • Review computer reports for errors or inconsistencies; investigate and correct problems

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required and three years of related experience, OR, any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of sponsored project administration (i.e., project proposal development and/or sponsored contract negotiation and/or award administration);
  • Evidence of effective communication skills with a strong focus on collaboration and a high level of customer service;
  • Evidence of ability to understand stakeholder needs, requirements, and requests;
  • Evidence of problem-solving, critical thinking and time management skills;
  • Experience in working on multiple projects while producing accurate output; 
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating agreements;
  • Experience in dealing tactfully and confidentially with internal and external customers in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant computer applications: Microsoft Office (i.e., Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint), University grants management systems, University financial management systems, Research.gov, Grants.gov, NIH eRA Commons, and other sponsor portals;
  • Experience in working collaboratively with a team as well as manage workload independently. 

Working Environment

  • Activities are primarily performed in a regular and climate controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting.
  • Position requires use of office equipment including a desktop computer
  • May lift up to 20 pounds
  • Ability to communicate to perform essential duties
  • Work both independently and within a complex structured team
  • Works under supervision
  • Receives detailed instructions and works from general instructions on standard job duties, with regular review of  completed tasks

Flexible work options

Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice-president-level approval is required.
Remote work is an arrangement where the employee spends less than 60% of their regular workweek at a regularly assigned ASU work location. Executive vice president-level approval is required.

Department Statement

At Research Operations, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team. 

Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit https://cfo.asu.edu/compensation-estimator. 

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU PD at 480-965-3456.

Relocation Assistance – For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit https://cfo.asu.edu/az-resources.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume and Cover Letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.