Research Administrator, Pre-Award II/III (Emory Primate Center Research Administration Services)

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory Primate Center
EPC: Res Admin Svs
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Research & Research Administration
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Dedicated to discovering causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of disease, Emory National Primate Research Center (EPC) is improving human and animal health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, EPC conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at http://enprc.emory.edu


The Division of Research Administration Services (RAS) within the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Research Administrator, Pre-Award II or Pre-Award III to join our team. The EPC RAS unit supports EPC’s research goals by providing best-in-class delivery of research administration support services to faculty. These services are customer-focused, consistent, compliant, cost-effective, collaborative, and continuously improved.


Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at EPC to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with experience in research administration within higher education who is familiar with NIH proposal guidelines, this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, organized, dependable, detail-oriented, deadline driven, and have a passion for research administration. The ideal candidate will also be someone that can work in a fast-paced changing environment, with excellent time management and multi-tasking skills, who can pivot their communication style to meet the needs of their customer. This position reports directly to the Pre-Award Manager.


Please note: The level of Pre-Award position offer (Pre-Award II or Pre-Award III) to the selected finalist will be determined after the completion of the interview processes and will be based on meeting or exceeding the Minimum Qualifications for either position as included in the details below, under the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS heading. 



Both Pre-Award II & III Activities include:

  • Supports the day-to-day activities of proposal preparation with a team of Pre-Award Administrators in the Emory National Primate Research Center.
  • Monitors workload distribution and raises any concerns to the Pre-Award Manager.
  • Provides guidance to team members, as appropriate.
  • Coordinates with Pre-Award Manager regarding pre-award activities, issue resolution, and workload distribution.
  • Works with Post-Award team lead to coordinate inter-team meetings to facilitate collaboration between the pre-award and post-award teams, as necessary and appropriate.
  • Manages pre-award activities for an assigned portfolio of grants and contracts within a RAS unit using knowledge of grant and contract management rules and regulations, technical expertise, and analytical skills.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations and objectives in support of the assigned portfolio.
  • Contributes information and ideas related to areas of responsibility as part of a cross functional team.
  • Ensures effective and efficient workflow and adherence to quality standards for staff/program and self.
  • Performs pre-award activities for a unit (school, department, or division) within a RAS unit.
  • Pre-award activities include, but are not limited to, assisting departmental faculty/PI in the development, preparation, and submission of grant and contract proposals.
  • Ensures all applications meet agency and university guidelines and published time tables and deadlines, including management of the Just-In-Time process.
  • Ensures proposals are entered and routed in a timely manner for further review.
  • Confers with PI and Pre-award support staff at collaborating institutions to secure necessary sub-awards documents for proposals.
  • Assists the PI in the development of budgets and budget justification which includes proofing the budget for inconsistencies and ensuring accuracy.
  • Reviews budgets for consistency with sponsor, monitors compliance with agency and University regulations regarding submission; verifies all financial information to include application of the appropriate overhead rate for the project.
  • Advises the PI on administrative requirements in preparing proposal submissions and on budget adjustments and revisions necessary to meet the sponsor requirements.
  • Coordinates and reviews certain proposal elements (biosketches and facilities & resources) for consistency, accuracy, and completeness.
  • Reviews proposals for consistency with sponsor guidelines on budget, format, font size, page limits excluding narrative content (obtain and review sponsor guidelines).
  • Monitors and facilitates proposal process through the routing process in compliance with University procedures and institutional signatures.
  • Obtains signatures as needed.
  • Monitors proposal status and advises PI on requirements and deadlines associated with research protection protocols.
  • Works effectively with other offices (central, school, departments, divisions) on research proposal.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


Pre-Award II:

  • Bachelor's degree and three years of work-related grants and contracts experience OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite software.

Pre-Award III:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of work-related grants and contracts experience OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Knowledge of federal rules and regulations relating to research grant and/or contract activity.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite software.


  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience with proposal submissions. NIH proposal experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in Research Administration within Higher Education.
  • Ability to handle high volume in a fast-paced environment and assist other team members, when needed.
  • Excellent time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • PeopleSoft experience strongly preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as the ability to adjust communication style as needed to effectively communicate at all levels in the organization.
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.


  • Work environment is primarily remote.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical office environment. 


Emory NPRC in conjunction with Emory University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which may include an INA and criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications, drug screening, requirement of various vaccinations, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon a clear background screening.


Highly qualified candidates offered a position with the Emory Primate Center may be eligible for a variety of incentives.


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University location as needed.  Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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