Research Administrator - School of Business

Howard University

Job Description

Job ID: 33415

Howard University Mission

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information


The purpose of this position is to advise and assist faculty and staff in the preparation and submission of sponsored program proposals and the administration of awards to ensure conformity to University and external sponsor rules, procedures, and guidelines, as well as governmental regulatory requirements.


Responsible for providing limited supervision for one or more functions within a department. Formally plans, assigns, directs, and coordinates the work of these functions. Typically, responsible for performing some non-supervisory duties in addition to supervisory responsibilities. May perform staff evaluations and make recommendations regarding pay and/or performance.


Internal contacts include senior administrators, faculty and staff. External contacts are with the project officers and contracting representatives of external sponsoring agencies.


  • Provides information and guidance to faculty on proposal development and submission, budget preparation and other administrative components of applications, especially preparation of the certifications, representations, and compliance documents.
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for the University as they relate to sponsored programs; and assist in establishing and maintaining standards of performance appropriate to a sponsored projects service office in a research-oriented University environment.
  • Reviews, negotiates and recommends approval of extramural sponsored research, training and professional development contracts and grants, cooperative and clinical trials agreements, and memoranda of understanding, including award documents.
  • Drafts modifications of prototype research agreement, contracts, and sub-contract documents to conform to individual project objectives, University guidelines, government regulations and extramural sponsor requirements.
  • Assists in the compilation and interpretation of data and other information, and the preparation of reports on status of proposals submitted.
  • Assists in planning, preparing, and conducting workshops, seminars and training sessions for faculty and staff related to grants, the University's research policies and procedures, sponsored program requirements of Federal and major private funding agencies, and pre-and post-award administration procedures and policies.
  • Assists staff in interpretation of funding agency policies, regulations and authority delegated to researchers and evaluation of appropriateness of investigator-initiated budget documents and purchase requests.
  • Assist faculty and staff in preparation of sponsor-required post-award administrative documents, forms, and non-technical reports.
  • Recommends policy or procedural changes to improve operation of departments; assists in design and identification of administrative procedures or systems to respond to managerial, legislative or regulatory needs; assists in the development of sponsored programs policies and procedures for the University.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of federal government programs as they relate to sponsored research and development programs.
  • Knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and OMB Circulars related to acquisition of grants.
  • Ability to research University requirements regarding funding proposals.
  • Ability to collect, organize and analyze complex information, including budgetary or statistical data.
  • Working knowledge of computer applications, i.e., database management, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Competence in both oral and written English to communicate in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with faculty, staff, students and customers.


Bachelor's Degree required and 7 to 10 years of related experience. 14 years of related work experience may be substituted in lieu of educational qualifications.

Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex,sexual orientation,gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

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