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Principal Grant/Contract Officer - Office of Research Administration

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The Principal Grant & Contract Officer (PGCO), as a member of the centralized office of Research Administration (ORA), is responsible for working with department leadership on strategic operations that will provide Principal Investigators (PI) accurate and comprehensive pre- and post-award administration of research awards and clinical trials.  This is in furtherance of the strategic vision to create outstanding translational and clinical research in a dynamic environment for medical education. In this role, you will serve as a subject matter experts in the administration of the most complex and specialized of sponsored grants and contracts. 

Essential job duties and responsibilities include:

  • Represents Cedars-Sinai in the most complex negotiations of the budget and in other contractual elements binding the institution. May work closely with Legal Affairs and Risk Management attorneys to ensures that the agreed upon conditions adequately meet PI and Cedars-Sinai requirements.
  • Communicates with assigned Principal Investigators (PI's) and departments (typically those most complex projects) regarding any developments, according to their professional judgments, that require administrative action to ensure compliance of agency requirements.
  • Serves as subject matter expert in independently administering the most complex and specialized of Federal, Non-Federal and Industry grants/contracts.
  • Advises the PI’s of significant issues during the development and submission of grant and contract proposals, and complex funding mechanisms. Review and guidance is focused in the areas of meeting agency requirements and assuring institutional compliance.
  • Coordinates sequential administrative review and approval of applications, thereby maintaining integrity and meaning of the review process.
  • Trains and mentors grant & contract officers to advance teams education and ensures cooperation amongst internal and external customers to provide efficient and accurate administration of research grants and contracts. Educates PIs and staff on grantor policies and procedures (Federal, Industry, and major not-for-profit foundations). 
  • Interprets applicable laws, regulations and procedure to ensure that Institutional agreements comply with internal policy and that PI's are made aware of their contractual obligations.
  • Understands and provides expertise on systems that are not limited to accounting, grant processing, human resources, and data systems to assist in the preparation and submission of proposals, contracts, and sponsor reporting.
  • Utilizes and provides expertise in, Proposal Central, NIH eRA Commons, and NSF Fastlane in order to conduct in-service training and seminars for PIs and their staff.
  • Leads Office of Research Administration performance improvement, quality assurance processes, and other projects as needed to keep CSHS a world class research institute and destination for world renowned research scientists.
  • Foster relationships, expectations, and interactions with the CSHS research community while serving as a liaison for ORA’s internal clients in order to build collaborative, and efficient research processes leading to successful research proposals free of any conflict of interest.
  • May review portfolio and provide feedback to junior grant/contract officers as needed.

Educational Requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED - Minimum
  • Bachelor's Degree - Business, Sciences, Liberal Arts - Preferred


  • Knowledge of grantor policies and procedures, the National Institutes of Health, and major not-for-profit foundations. 
  • Familiar with OMB Circulars A-110, A-133, A-21 and/or OASC-3. 
  • Understanding of the basic principles of Medicare Coverage Analysis for budget preparation and Payment Schedules terms within research agreements.
  • Seven (7) years independent administration of research grants and contracts in a central administration office. 
  • Experience with the policies and procedures of granting agencies as well as the institutional purchasing, personnel and accounting systems.

  • Working Title: Principal Grant/Contract Officer - Office of Research Administration
  • Department: Office of Research Admin
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic / Research
  • Job Specialty: Contract & Grant Budgeting / Funding
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day
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Cedars-Sinai will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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