Grant Manager (Part-time)

Grant Manager (Part-time)

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
University of Puget Sound
United States

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Part time
Experience Level: 
Job Category: 
Finance | Accounting
Organizational Overview: 

Founded in 1888 in a vibrant port city in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Puget Sound is an independent, residential, and predominantly undergraduate liberal arts college, with graduate programs in education and health sciences. Our beautiful 97-acre campus supports connection with the world it serves, from the tide flats of Tacoma to the Pacific Rim and beyond.

A Puget Sound education is rooted in an inspiring confluence of histories and cultures and ideas, and centered on our 2,600 students who are open-minded, outward-reaching, and passionate about putting their educations to work. Guided by our motto To the Heights, we seek to educate the whole person, and to give each student space to discover and room to rise to meet new challenges both locally and globally.

Our faculty challenge and support each student individually as they grow into broadly and deeply educated lifelong learners, prepared to become the world’s next generation of exceptional leaders. Perhaps that’s why the Princeton Review called out our faculty-student interaction as one of the best in the nation, and we are designated as one of only 40 Colleges That Change Lives.

Puget Sound offers a small community of independent thinkers, a launch pad for adventurers, and an incubator for entrepreneurs. We are makers, shakers, and doers—and we never stop learning.

Role Responsibilities: 

Grant Manager (Part-time)


University of Puget Sound


Job ID: 5701


Location: Finance


Full/Part Time: Part-Time


Regular/Temporary: Regular


Staff Posting Details

Appointment: Regular, part-time (0.5 FTE)


Position Summary:


The part-time grant manager position will promote and support faculty members throughout the full cycle of the life of a grant - from sourcing and application to report submission and closing. The position will provide pre and post award support for the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in addition to expanding support for faculty grants to enable the university to expand its grant portfolio over time. Due to the financial and compliance reporting requirements and in-depth, frequent use of PeopleSoft, the position reports to the Office of Finance. Responsibilities include pre and post-award management for federal, private and internal grants, policy development and compliance monitoring, preparing or reviewing fiscal year end schedules and reports related to grants, and serving as the university point person for grant-related inquiries. Pre and post award management support for the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations pertains to both federal and private grants.


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:


Pre-award management:


• Work with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and principal investigators (PIs) to develop budgets that comply with funder requirements and uniform guidance, when applicable, for private and federally sponsored grants.

• Ensure compensation (salary and benefits) components and indirect cost rates are appropriately applied.

• Develop and administer virtual bi-annual training sessions on guidelines and allowable costs for PIs.


• Assist faculty in proposal preparation for federally sponsored grants, utilizing university templates.

• Manage internal routing and approval process for grant applications for federally sponsored grants.

• Coordinate submission of final proposals for federally sponsored grants after review is complete.

• Review private grant budgets (both individual and programmatic) prepared by University Relations.

• Manage cost share commitments by transferring funds into the grant project code.


Post-award management:


• Set up new grant project codes within PeopleSoft, obtaining appropriate inputs on approval framework from PI (budget manager, budget inquiry access, etc.).

• Assist Principal Investigators with the financial management of research/sponsored programs accounts and draw federal funds or submit billing invoices on a quarterly basis. Develop and update budget to actual reports from PeopleSoft quarterly, categorizing expenditures consistent with original grant budget proposal, and send to PIs for approval prior to billing/draw down.

• Provide faculty PIs with quarterly reports and ask the faculty to verify that all expenses charged were allowable expenses for their grant(s). Additionally, have faculty certify level of effort expended on grants for which they received compensation.

• Serve as grant administrator by approving purchase orders and vouchers as they are initiated, reviewing for allowability in accordance with compliance guidance (these are subsequently routed to the applicable PI for approval).

• Coordinate with the PI and the Procurement Office on all purchases in excess of $10k to ensure the supplier is not disbarred and that sufficient quotes and bids have been received and documented in accordance with the university's federal purchasing policy.

• Document review by summarizing expenses reviewed.


• Periodically send reports to PIs which include spend-rates and projections (if possible/applicable) for known upcoming expenses, such as compensation expense.

• Serve as point of contact to train faculty on interpreting the reports as needed

• Serve as point of contact to assist faculty in obtaining additional information from PeopleSoft as needed.


• Assist PIs with extension requests, budget reallocations, and other notifications as may be required by federal funders. In partnership with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, assist PIS in extension requests and budget reallocations for private grants.

• Ensure PIs complete annual reporting for federal grants timely and assist them with navigating technical project reporting on grant portal(s).

• In partnership with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, assist PIs in completing updated budgets for annual reports required for private grants.

• Inventory all federally purchased equipment every other year, and ensure new equipment is tagged appropriately.

• Assist PIs in closing out federal grants once complete, including any required submissions. In partnership with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, assist PIs in closing out private grant budgets.

• Prepare sub-recipient contracts and monitor any related compliance and reporting.

• Manage close-out process in PeopleSoft.


Other responsibilities


• Monitor the email for inquiries from the campus community.

• Coordinate website development and enhancements for grants together with University Relations.

• Once per year, prepare the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) for the Uniform Guidance audit, ensuring completeness and accuracy together with Student Financial Services.

• Work with external auditors once per year to submit Data Collection Form for Uniform Guidance audit, coordinating with the Office of Finance for sign-off, as well as submitting the audit report to the Federal Clearinghouse, DOE (eZ audit submission) and other agencies, as my be required.

• Internal grants

• As award letters are received, establish new project codes in PeopleSoft and notify Budget Analyst to set up budget access to awardee and complete budget loads.

• Assist with budget to actual reporting and resolution of overages as needed.

• Close out grants once completion notification is received from academic dean.


• Develop indirect cost rate analysis (every 3 years) and annual federal fringe benefit rate proposal and submit to AVP for Finance for review.

• Recommend and develop new grant policies as needed.


Supervisory Responsibilities


No direct supervisory responsibilities for this position


Budget Responsibilities


No direct budget authority exists for this position

Candidate Qualifications: 



• Three years' experience in a similar role.

• Requires bachelor's degree and accounting experience, to include an understanding of GAAP, not-for-profit accounting, accounting systems/data bases, and financial analysis and reporting.

• Requires the ability to work in cooperation with other team members to achieve the university's goals and objectives.

• Must have strong aptitude for and skill with technology, including learning new technology and using Microsoft Word, Excel, and other reporting tools.

• Must have initiative, ownership of projects, ability to meet deadlines, attention to detail, strong analytical skills, excellent communication skills, and be a quick and continuous learner.

• Higher education and/or not-for-profit experience very desirable.

• Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.


Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.


Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:


Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.


Required Documents:


• Resume

• Letter of Interest


Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.


All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.


Diversity Statement:


We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.

We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.

We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.


Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:


The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.


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About Puget Sound


Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.


As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA




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