Grant Specialist - Local Business Center
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Education and Training

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SSD: Local Business Center

About the Department

The Social Sciences Division's Local Business Center (LBC) provides financial and business support to departments and faculty members in the following key areas: budgeting and account administration, grant administration, procurement, and payroll support. The Local Business Center is the main point of contact for matters involving the use of operating and/or research funds.

Job Summary

The job works independently to administer pre-award and/or post-award activities relating to grant and contract proposals/funding within a department or unit.


  • Processes and monitors postaward sponsored project activities and constituent business processes.
  • Provides expert post-award assistance and advice to Faculty members, Business Managers, and others.
  • Monitors and reports on post-award activities.
  • Analyzes and trouble-shoots problems.
  • Resolves post-award process issues.
  • Serves as back-up for critical functions during absences.
  • Serves as liaison to central grant authorities and other offices.
  • Represents the Business Center in campus-wide forums.
  • Disseminates grant information.
  • Ensures service and communication to PIs, standardized information, best practices development, and that all faculty and research staff are aware of any new grant policies and changes.
  • Analyzes industry trends and remains current with agency and regulatory changes. Monitors department/ unit compliance with University, Divisional and Department policies and procedures and implements corrective actions for issues identified.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • A minimum of five years' experience in administrative, financial, or customer service roles.
  • Knowledge of federal grant regulations.
  • Knowledge of University grant policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of University or comparable financial accounting systems.

Preferred Competencies
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Good listening and verbal communication skills.
  • Good ability to communicate in writing.
  • Basic math ability.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Self-direction and initiative.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Patience and persistence.
  • Maturity and good judgment.
  • Ability to adapt to frequent system and policy changes.
  • Adherence to high business standards.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to use University of Chicago processing software (AURA, ACCTS, PETS, EPayment, Business Objects, GEMS, Accounts Payable System, Workday).

Application Documents
  • Resume (required)
  • Cover letter (required)
  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Financial Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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