The Viterbi School of Engineering is seeking Associate Research Administrator to join departmental research administration teams.Â Under the direction of the Department Chair, Department Business Manager and faculty, the position will support daily departmental contracts and grants research activity and other department financial needs.Â The position is in the Sonny Astani department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Â The core job duties are:
Assist assigned faculty, research associates/assistants, and post-docs with the submission of proposals to assure all necessary university and agency requirements are met.
Prepare budgets and gather data necessary to submit proposals in accordance with agency and university guidelines. Disseminate information to Viterbi Business Affairs, the Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG), Principal Investigators, and Agencies.
Assist when notifications of awards are received by updating original proposed account budgets. Notify faculty of the receipt of awards and communicate necessary expenditures.
Monitor account activity and reconcile accounts to assure that all account activity is related to the project and is charged appropriately.Â When discrepancies are found, inform faculty and take necessary steps to correct the transactions, such as expense transfers or object code corrections.Â Observe account balances and process budget changes when necessary to comply with original scope of work.Â Reference agency guidelines to make sure that budget changes are in compliance with the specified requirements from individual agencies.
Process, track, and post expenditures for travel reimbursements, settlements of advances, and invoices on the assigned accounts.Â Expedite procurement orders and reimbursements, requisitions, and foreign drafts.
Reconcile and review monthly account statements and provide faculty with account summaries and projection reports on a monthly basis.
Keep current with information regarding agency funding/spending guidelines and restrictions.Â Communicate information to faculty and other research-related staff to ensure that guidelines set forth by agencies are followed.
Keep current with USC/School/Departmental compliance guidelines and expenditure policies and procedures, and advise faculty and research related-staff to assure these policies are followed when handling their requests for all purchases, including but not limited to: equipment, travel arrangements, conference registrations, supplies reimbursement, and travel expense reimbursements, etc.
Work closely with Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) on questions that arise on continuing and expiring awards.
Advise faculty in advance of remaining time of project periods and account balances to assure that extensions on research projects are requested in a timely manner if research has to be extended beyond current project periods. Consult agency guidelines to provide faculty with options regarding extensions on research periods.
Reconcile and generate monthly post-award financial reports.
Conduct forecasts/projections for awards received to assure that original scope of work will be satisfied.Â Communicate with faculty, review original proposal submission, and verify applicable fringe and F&A rates to prepare forecasts, annual, and final agency reports.Â
Prepare payroll for research staff, faculty, research assistants, student workers,Â visiting scholars.Â Prepare and process hiring paperwork for research assistantsÂ and research staff.Â Assist with immigration visa processing when appropriate.Â Â Enter graduate research assistant awards in the university student informationÂ system.
Using the eCERT Effort Certification Online System, review & prepare quarterly andÂ semester reports for all faculty that serve as Principal Investigators.
Stay informed regarding agency funding/spending guidelines.Â Communicate information to faculty and other research-related staff to ensure that guidelines set forth by agencies are followed.
Assist SPA and DCG with the preparation of financial and/or progress reports requested by agencies for award continuation and/or final reports.
Advise research staff of disbursement & purchasing policies and procedures.Â Assure these policies are followed when processing requests for purchases, travel, conference registrations, supply reimbursements, and travel expense reimbursements.
Attend department meetings and central meetings (e.g. Viterbi Business Affairs, USC Research Administration Office, DCG etc.)
Assist with department events (e.g. seminars, student welcome luncheon, graduation etc.)
Required Applicant Documents
- Cover Letter
Applications will not be considered complete without these documents.Â Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelorâs degree with three years of account and budget experience, including knowledge of government and fund accounting and knowledge of university financial systems.Â Strong computer skills using MS Office Suite, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.Â Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, ability to prioritize, organize, analyze and work independently in a fast paced work environment.
Minimum Education:Bachelor's degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Basic knowledge of governmental regulations. Strong accounting skills. Competency in project management. A Bachelor's Degree with broad knowledge of relevant research computer software, e.g.: Microsoft Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Outlook, SPSS, Visio, and SunGard. Experience in creating and analyzing statistical reports. Must be able to utilize computer technology to access data, maintain records and generate reports. Proven oral and written communication skills to interact with other employees.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.