Employment Opportunity: Grant and Contract Administrator

800 450 Stroud Water Research Center

Position Description

Stroud Water Research Center invites applications for a full-time grant and contract administrator. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the Stroud Center’s controller in the Administration and Finance Department.

Job Responsibilities

This position involves the effective and efficient management of sponsored project accounts from conception to completion at the Stroud Center. The employee will ensure that accounting procedures are compliant with the sponsor’s requirements and the Stroud Center’s policies, regulations, and requirements. Specific responsibilities include: (i) proposal submission and notice of award review; (ii) preparation and submission of financial reports; (iii) review and approval of journal requests and other account adjustments as necessary; and (iv) invoicing and collection activities.

The employee will work independently and in coordination with the department to analyze and troubleshoot administrative challenges and generate solutions consistent with the sponsor’s requirements and the Stroud Center’s policies and procedures. The employee will prepare financial reports for grant and contract managers, including analysis of material budget variances, on a monthly basis. Other duties will include secondary support for payroll and accounts payable functions and other projects as they arise.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in accounting or other related business field, and at least five years of experience in sponsored projects administration (including pre- and post-award activities) at a research university or other academic institution is required. Proficiency in Excel and Word is required and experience with Access or other database systems is preferred. Ideal characteristics of the successful candidate include: (i) a commitment to excellence and growth in the administration of sponsored programs; (ii) interest in and commitment to compliance with sponsor regulations and restrictions; (iii) knowledge of financial reporting, cost transfers, expense monitoring, budget and expenditure controls, billing and effort reporting, and other internal controls inherent with sponsored funding; and (iv) demonstrated knowledge of federal/state/private sponsor regulations, and procedures relating to pre- and post-award administration.

The successful candidate will be a self-starting, highly motivated individual with a strong service orientation and willingness to work as part of a team of professionals.

Knowledge of current federal regulations of sponsored projects, specifically 2 CFR Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and effective methods of internal control of sponsored projects is expected.

Application Process

For best consideration, apply by May 14, 2021. Applications will be reviewed immediately until the application closing date of May 21, 2021. To apply, use the application form below to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT. The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF).

Salary and Benefits

Stroud Water Research Center will provide a competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position including a comprehensive employee benefit plan.


About Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a more than 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex.

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We strive to actively promote diversity across all levels of our organization. Our ultimate goal is to embody a welcoming spirit for all of our activities.