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Cedars-Sinai Research Grant Specialist III - Hybrid in Los Angeles, California

Job Description

Under general guidance, the RGS III works with the Department Manager and/or Principal Investigator (PI), in the oversight and submission of all pre- and post- award grant administration processes of unit (division/department/center/institute). Serves as liaison between departments, research groups, Sponsored Research Funds Administration (SRFA), and accounting and finance departments. Performs pre- and post- award administrative functions, including reviewing technical sections of proposals to ensure requirements are met, and preparing and/or reviewing budgets to ensure completeness and accuracy using knowledge of grant budgets, expenditure restrictions, and grant accounts. Monitors expenses, performs reconciliations and research related financial reporting of federal and non-federal grants and ensure compliance with all federal, state and local agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institutional Review Board. Prepares and routes internal documents for signature and processing, works with PI's and SRFA staff to submit all deliverables in a timely manner including: FFR's, No Cost Extensions, Carry Forward of Funds, executing subcontracts, etc.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Independently performs all pre-award and post-award monthly financial projections, account reconciliations, cost transfers, progress reports, budget changes, salary allocation reviews, time and effort management reporting, purchase order reconciliation, and monitoring milestones, etc.

  • Performs financial analysis and forecasting to identify relevant factor variances, formulate logical conclusions and devise alternate solutions as necessary.

  • Reviews grant applications and post award management activities, develop logical solutions to difficult, unusual, or first-time problems, and provides solutions for action to leadership.

  • Manages all deliverables including invoices and subcontract paperwork, complex financial reporting processes and fiscal responsibility for salary, supply costs, subcontracts.

  • Mentors and trains grant management staff.

Work Experience:

  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills and solid understanding of federal and major funding agency grant submission guidelines.

  • Experience working with multi-PI proposals.

  • Experience with preparation of general grant submission components, including the preparation of progress and financial reports.

  • Experience with preparation of scientific manuscripts and abstracts.

  • Proficiency with eRA commons, grants.gov, NIH RePORTER, Federal Reporter, and other related proposal submission systems.

  • Experience in a basic laboratory environment or a sponsored research office strongly preferred.



  • 5 years of progressively increasing pre and post award research grant experience or equivalent of education & experience.

  • High School Diploma or GED. Bachelor's Degree preferred.


Req ID : 3719

Working Title : Research Grant Specialist III - Hybrid

Department : Cancer Institute

Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Job Category : Academic / Research

Job Specialty : Contract & Grant Budget/Fund

Overtime Status : EXEMPT

Primary Shift : Day

Shift Duration : 8 hour

Base Pay : $37.66 - $64.02

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.