Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Grant Pre-Award Coordinator, State Extension Administration Office, Fiscal Department
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jul 02, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #10-20 Grant Pre-Award Coordinator, State Extension Administration Office, Fiscal Department, Fort Collins, CO
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Fort Collins, CO
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Salary :
The salary range for this position is $45,000 - $55,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Start Date:
None Stated
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State Universitys Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement. Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with a three-part mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is located in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 156,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver on Interstate 25. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear, dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year. The office for this position is in the State Extension Administration Office in the University Square building located at 1311 South College Avenue in Fort Collins. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to Extension is a major component of the Universitys outreach organization serving 63 of Colorados 64 counties. Extensions mission is to Empower Coloradans to address important and emerging community issues using dynamic, science-based educational resources. Extensions total annual budget of approximately $28 million supports approximately 325 extension specialists, agents, administrators, and staff. Through its county, state, and federal partnership Extension currently focuses its efforts in: Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health; 4-H Youth Development; Community and Economic Development; Natural Resources; Cropping Systems; Energy; Environmental Horticulture; Family and Consumer Science; Food Systems; Livestock and Range. Working closely with local and state advisory groups to determine local program needs and direction, Extension draws on the resources of 13 different departments in five colleges to provide non-credit educational programs based on research-generated knowledge. The Extension Fiscal Office is a statewide University service, designed to provide information and explain regulations regarding purchasing procedures, payroll, personnel, and accounting support for the county and regional offices, off-campus and on-campus personnel. The primary function of the unit is to provide accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll management, grant support, budgeting and overall strategic planning for Extension as it pertains to financial sustainability. Extension has a multi-faceted financial structure including, federal, state, county, grant and self-funded activities. PURPOSE OF POSITION: Reporting to the Extension Business Manager, the Grant Pre-Award Coordinator has primary responsibility for 1) identifying funding opportunities and disseminating to relevant Extension personnel, 2) coordinating the submission of proposals to funding agencies, and 3) assisting with institutional oversight and coordination of funded projects for Extension. Extension has offices located throughout the state of Colorado in partnership with the local counties. Potential grant funding mechanisms include grants, contracts, task orders, and cooperative agreements from a wide variety of federal, state, industry, foundation, and other sponsors. The Grant Pre-Award Coordinator works closely with Principal Investigators (PIs) to coordinate and submit multiple research proposals and ensure compliance with sponsor requirements, including cost-share requirements, through consultation with sponsor representatives. The Grant Pre-Award Coordinator assists PIs in developing budgets, including staffing plans and research expenses and develops proposal budgets and budget justifications, ensuring adequate availability and support of required personnel and equipment. The Grant Pre-Award Coordinator pre-approves all Extension grant proposals. The Grant Pre-Award Coordinator oversees expenditure planning for a portfolio of grant-funded projects, working closely with Principal Investigators and accounting staff to ensure on-time and on-budget project completion. The Grant Pre-Award Coordinator reviews and approves/declines requests for project-related budget changes as needed, with the project PIs and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). In conjunction with the Extension Business Manager, the Grant Pre-Award Coordinator analyzes department proposal activity and develops recommendations and strategies for research growth opportunities. The Grant Pre-Award Coordinator also coordinates pre-award efforts with the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of the Vice President of Research, and the RICRO (Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office) as required, to ensure smooth interactions with funding organizations and that all parts of the University that need visibility into projects and proposals are kept properly informed. Position is expected to act independently while working closely with the Extension Business Manager. Periodic travel may be required for this position.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Proposal Development: 65% Review and interpret proposal announcements to ensure proposals meet unique sponsor guidelines for multiple funding mechanisms including grants, contracts, task orders, or cooperative agreements. Notify department personnel of potential research funding opportunities in sufficient time for personnel to submit proposals. Advise Extension personnel on the requirements for proposal. Establish timeline to meet critical deadlines, especially for collaborative proposals or proposals with subrecipients. Prioritize proposal workload as needed. Liaison with other CSU departments or colleges and with subrecipients on collaborative proposals. Utilize OMB Uniform Guidance and CSU policies and procedures to develop budgets. Requires professional knowledge of effort requirements, fringe rates, travel limitations, tuition rates, allowable supplies, service agreements, capital assets, subcontracts, indirect cost (IDC) rates, and cost share. Recommend solutions for project cost share requirements. Create Kuali Research (KR) proposal document for University review and approval. Observe and adhere to OSP and sponsor deadlines with the understanding that late proposals result in automatic rejection. Pre-approve department grant proposals and track them in KR system. Manage entry of proposal budget and supporting materials to government agency portals such as and Fastlane. Upload Budget Justification, Subaward budgets, justifications and SOWs (statement of work), F&A (finance and administrative cost) split, ICF (Institutional Commitment Form), NR CS (Non-reportable cost share) into KR. Address any proposal issues revised by Office of Sponsored Programs. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Project Management: 15% Assist Extension Business Manager in managing funding portfolio from sponsors at all levels of government, the private sector, and non-profit agencies. Interact with program managers, staff, and leadership at external funding agencies to resolve issues related to project staffing, budget categories, project status updates, extensions, and project reporting. Participate in professional meetings and other professional growth opportunities to improve job knowledge and performance. Support OSP in contract negotiations and in the capture of each stage of incremental funding. Request approvals for pre-award spending as required. Host local PI meetings and site visits. Support PI and OSP in the negotiation of additional work, new project phases, etc., and in the preparing of any documentation required. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Grant Financial Management: 10% Design and implement models to forecast expenditures on existing projects and the likelihood of future funding via pending or planned research proposals. Identify gaps in future funding and help identify future funding opportunities. Prepare and recommend staffing plans for Extension research groups. Using funding forecasts make recommendations regarding needed changes in research and administrative staffing. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Grant Analysis, Reporting & Planning: 10% Keep Extension Fiscal Office management apprised of current and future funding opportunities and plans for capture of those opportunities. Create, monitor, and update record-keeping systems to compile data and prepare reports on department grant submissions and subsequent awards. Utilize data to enhance grant submission processes and improve future proposals. Develop strategies for research management. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
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Minimum education level :
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors degree in accounting, business, sciences, communications, or a related field. Minimum of one year of research project management experience. Strong written communication skills, as evidenced by application materials. Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Years of experience :
PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: A degree or post-bachelors degree certificate in Contract/Research Administration or related field. Experience creating budgets and budget justifications. Knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance cost accounting guidelines. Knowledge of the administration and management of federal grants. Knowledge of Kuali Research proposal development system (KR). Familiarity with the scientific research process. Experience preparing and submitting research proposals. Demonstrated experience in providing excellent customer service skills, working in a team environment, collaborative approach to work, and building effective professional relationships. Strong communication skills. Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
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BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


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Contact :
Ruth Willson
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 491-6988
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Please submit the following to to apply: Resume. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred job qualifications. Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number. All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process. For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Ruth Willson at (970) 491-6988 or