Assistant Director, Post-Award Administration

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024


BSD ADM - Research Administration

About the Department

The University of Chicago is an intellectual community and a globally renowned research institution dedicated to fostering innovative and impactful research in various domains, including the Biological Sciences. The Biological Sciences Division is at the forefront of cutting-edge research and the Research Administration Office plays a pivotal role in supporting and facilitating the faculty who conduct research.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Post-Award is a crucial role responsible for overseeing the effective management of post-award activities for sponsored research projects within the Biological Sciences Division. This position involves providing mentorship and training opportunities to a team of post-award administrators, implementing policies and standard operating procedures, optimizing post-award processes, as well as providing guidance and expertise to faculty, staff and administrators on post-award matters.



  • Reporting to the Director of Post-Award, the Assistant Director will supervise and lead a team of post-award administrators, ensuring effective coordination and collaboration within the team.

  • Provide mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities for team members.

  • Set performance expectations, conduct regular evaluations, and provide constructive feedback.


  • Work with the Director of Post-Award to implement post-award policies and standard operating procedures in alignment with institutional guidelines and federal regulations.

  • Regularly review and update policies to ensure compliance with evolving regulations and best practices.

  • Identify opportunities for process improvement and streamline and optimize post-award processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

Support & Advocacy:

  • Offer expertise and support to help navigate complex grant scenarios where guidance and advocacy is needed.

  • Review reporting to provide oversight and identify potential issues and propose solutions.

  • Advocate for the Division’s post-award needs within and outside the institution.

  • Engage with funding agencies and other stakeholders to represent the Division’s interests.

Training Initiatives:

  • Work with the Director of Post-Award to develop and deliver training programs on post-award processes, policies, and compliance requirements.

  • Stay informed about changes in regulations and disseminate relevant information to the post-award team.

  • Stay current with industry best practices and incorporate them into training modules.

  • Remains current with agency and regulatory changes. Plans for department/unit compliance with University, Divisional and Department policies and procedures and implements corrective actions for issues identified.

  • Manages employees by establishing annual performance goals, allocating resources, assessing annual performance, and determining individual merit, incentive and/or promotional increases.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Master's degree in finance, business administration, or a related field strongly preferred.


  • Extensive experience in research administration, with a focus on post-award management strongly preferred.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of federal regulations and compliance requirements related to sponsored research (e.g., Uniform Guidance, FAR).

  • Previous experience in a leadership or managerial role.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.

  • Proficiency in financial management and reporting software.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and provide exceptional customer service.

  • Commitment to the University of Chicago's mission and values.

Working Conditions

  • Office Environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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