Work in Iowa Veterans Jobs

Job Information

Iowa State University Research Administrator II in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Research Administrator II

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:Advanced degree and/or Certified Research Administrator (CRA) Experience with the application of federal requirements embodied in the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)Experience with policies, fund/grant accounting principles, and other practices relevant to university sponsored projects administration.Experience with the review of sponsored program awards, award modifications and budgets.General knowledge of research compliance requirements including human/animal subjects, conflict of interest and export controls.Excellent verbal and written communication skills.Customer service experience in a high workload environment.Experience in higher education.

Job Description:

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) at Iowa State University (ISU) is seeking applicants for a Research Administrator II. This position has numerous complex and diverse responsibilities and duties in the OSPA office including responsibility for management of award and post-award issues of sponsored funded projects.



  • Responsible for independently reviewing and analyzing grant agreements, negotiate and sign basic awards/agreements and other basic contractual amendments/modifications under signature authority delegated by the Director of OSPA.

  • Review and process award documents in conformity with University and sponsor policies and requirements.

  • Ensure compliance with ISU internal policies, sponsor guidelines, and federal regulations (2 CFR 200).

  • Serve as a resource to faculty, staff and grant coordinators in the administration of such grants and agreements.

  • Provide final review and approval of award budget.

  • Ensure award and negotiation data are accurately entered into OSPA database systems to enable ISU’s administration to create accurate reports.


  • Review, request, and/or approve under delegated signature authority post-award requests for financial and significant program/research modifications for allowability and fiscal integrity and follow-up as necessary with sponsoring agencies.

  • Provide advice and assistance in researching and interpreting University, federal, state, and other research sponsors regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Responsible for working with faculty/departments/colleges/sponsors on award transfers, incoming and outgoing.

  • Provide review and approval of advanced worktag requests and pre-spend requests.

Sub Award:

  • Responsible for analyzing requests for subrecipient agreements including risk assessment and subrecipient monitoring.

  • Independently develops, negotiates and executes sub award agreements and sub award amendments issued off ISU prime grants under delegated signature authority.

    Internal Awards

  • Review for completeness and accuracy and process for internal awards.

  • Communicate with faculty to ensure accurate scope of work, budgetary information and project deliverables.

  • Ensure that conflict of interest and compliance issues have been appropriately addressed.

    Research Administration

  • Collaborates with Offices of University Counsel, Responsible Research, Research Integrity, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Sponsored Programs Accounting, Procurement Services, and others to ensure award compliance with sponsor and ISU policies.

  • Provides just-in-time guidance or materials for understanding and implementing sponsor specific regulations and requirements.

  • Serve as representative for the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration at campus meetings for issues related to research and sponsored programs.

  • Participate and provide input for process improvements, training programs and electronic research administration issues within the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration.

  • Recommend and assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to negotiation of awards. This position also has responsibility for monitoring delinquent technical reports.

The successful candidate will have creative problem-solving, customer service, team building and organizational skills. In addition, the candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Level Guidelines• Intermediate-level position with solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals• Applies broad, working knowledge of the principles of the field to moderately complex, difficult, and varied problems and issues• Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action and resolve problems• Responds to a broad range of inquiries and requests• May provide training and/or direction to lower-level staff• May lead projects of moderate scope and complexity• Provides guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS808

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: June 8, 2021

Posting Close Date:June 22, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R5269

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

General ISU compensation information can be found here: