Job Requisition Number: 24127. Berkeley Law is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. It is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation. The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese, United States Secretary of the Treasury and Chairman of the Federal Reserve G. William Miller, and former Solicitor General of the United States Theodore Olson.
At Berkeley Law, we are committed to excellence in education and scholarship, as well as equality of opportunity. We believe we have a responsibility to use our substantial intellectual capital to help solve real-world problems and to create a more just society through clinics, research, and policy engagement. We believe that a Berkeley Law degree is a tool for change, both locally and globally, and that we should be educating the leaders of tomorrow. We maintain an environment that nurtures academic and personal growth, respects a diversity of ideas, and stimulates independent thought and critical reasoning.
The Research & Financial Administrator position supports research administration financial reporting, accounting and support for Berkeley Law’s 14 research centers and Clinical Education Program (6 clinics). The Senior Financial Analyst assists Executive Directors with budget development, financial reporting and other facets of financial management including executing financial journals and payroll changes as well as year-end closing processes. Berkeley Law’s research centers and legal clinics produce world-renowned legal research as well as hands-on legal opportunities for Berkeley Law students in variety of educational formats. Collectively, these units have an annual budget of approximately $15M and approximately $3-4M in contract and grant activity annually. The position typically assists with between 30-50 proposals (around 10-12 federal awards) per year.
The Research Administration function within Law School will provide department level service during the contracts and grants life cycle to Law School Principle Investigators (PI) and Principle Directors (PD). By streamlining services in areas such as human resources, purchasing, and grants administration, the RA will help PIs and PDs navigate the campus administrative processes and focus on the research that comprises a large part of the UC Berkeley mission. The RA will provide department level post-award support services to all research professionals in Law School, in close collaboration with the Sponsored Projects Office, Industry Alliances Office, Extramural Funds Accounting, and other central compliance groups.
The Research & Financial Administrator position within Law School involves providing analytical and financial support in proposal processing, contract and grant administration, and budget development, including pre-award proposal initiatives, management of funds post-award, and closeout activities for federal, state, local and private sponsors. This work will involve activities associated with forecasting, planning, and managing of research portfolios by performing some or all of the following: coordinating and identifying and developing and/or presenting proposals, contracts and other agreements; reviewing proposals to ensure institutional compliance; administering and monitoring contract and grant awards, including compliance with regulations, terms and conditions; financial management and reporting; and sub award/subcontract administration.
The Research & Financial Administrator will report to and receive assignments from the Director of business and finance. The incumbent will work with the supervisor to ensure a balanced workload. The incumbent will work on more complex proposals which involve multiple investigators and/or multiple institutions and sub-awards.Knowledge/Skills: •Minimum 1 year of demonstrated experience in research contract and grant management. •Independent judgment and strong organization and communication skills and customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas. •Extensive experience in pre-award administration, proposal preparation and submission processes. •Working knowledge of contracts and grants transactions and applicable financial systems, as well as related policy requirements. •Demonstrated working knowledge of applicable federal, state, local, sponsor, and institutional regulations, policies, and guidelines. •Ability to work independently and as a team member, research and resolve problems, meet deadlines, and follow through on assignments with minimal direction. •Accounting and budgeting skills in managing complex financial accounts and funds, as well as knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal, and reporting principles. •Requires thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment. •Ability to manage significant volume of transactions. •Thoroughly knowledgeable in applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, bio-safety, etc. •Ability to translate technical/scientific concepts into a fundable proposal.
Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.