Grants and Contracts Specialist

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts


The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Shared Services Office seeks applicants for a full-time position as a Grants and Contracts Specialist under CLAS Shared Services Grant Management. Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Grant and Contracts, the incumbents will maintain a complete sets of records of financial transactions for various units, along with providing faculty support in all aspects of grant administration.


  • Provides technical assistance, training, and advice to faculty, University administration, and other professional staff on the preparation and submission of grant proposals.
  • Reviews fiscal aspects of grant proposals to ensure fiscal compliance with federal and state statutes, University policy, and sponsor agency guidelines and requirements as pertained to allowable costs.
  • Ensures that the funding solicitation is appropriate and consistent with department/school/division mission and goals
  • Works with appropriate fiscal administrator and/or department administrator to review fiscal and transactional aspects of the proposal to ensure compliance with funding agency guidelines, including salary, fringe benefits, purchase of equipment, matching funds required, etc. to ensure proper spending.
  • Communicates and advices financial information regarding grant accounts to faculty members, including remaining balances, anticipated payroll expenses, forecasts and projections, and incoming funding.
  • Processes no-cost extensions, re-budgets, and cost transfers on grant and contract accounts, and will also interpret and review effort reporting details related to faculty activity.
  • Reviews personnel commitments for both paid and unpaid effort and ensure data is correct within UConn’s Effort Reporting System.
  • Recommends solutions and negotiates changes when conflicts arise with contract provisions or grant requirements. 
  • Serves as liaison between University administration, faculty, and granting agencies.
  • Participates in policy discussions and recommends policy or procedural changes as appropriate to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Analyzes and resolves a variety of technical grant, financial, and contract problems.
  • Meets with faculty and departments to explain services, communicate financial information, and assist with accounts as needed.
  • Maintains internal grant management database (CHAD and GMS) with grant submissions and related account information.
  • Corresponds and collaborates with administrators from other institutions and federal sponsor contacts.
  • Provides ad hoc reports or interprets standard reports provided to faculty and administrative staff on grant and contract accounts.
  • Works on special projects as directed by Grant Management Manager and Director.
  • Work independently to analyze available information, draw conclusions and understandings, and present such conclusions effectively to senior management.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or a related field.
  • Minimum of four years of related experience.
  • Excellent customer service and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective and clear written and verbal communication.
  • Clear understanding of detailed grant program guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to use Microsoft products and software applications.


  • Experience engaging with faculty.
  • Knowledge of external funding sources and regulations.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting.
  • Experience working on large projects with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate with constituents at other higher educational workplaces to ensure best practices are established.
  • Ability to work with diverse student, administrative, and faculty populations and provide a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in an educational setting.
  • Excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft programs. 


This is a full-time position in a flexible work environment. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidates' backgrounds and experiences.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #496721 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Screening will begin immediately.  Priority will be given to applications received by August 31, 2022.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on December 17, 2022. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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