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University of Southern California Dept. Contracts & Grants Coordinator in Los Angeles, California

Dept. Contracts & Grants CoordinatorApplyLos Angeles, California

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The Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC is seeking a qualifiedContracts and Grants Coordinator. This position is a full-time, benefits eligible position.

The Contracts and Grants Coordinator provides support to various Price faculty by managing a portfolio of proposal submissions and post award grant accounts which range from small and straightforward to large and complex. Therefore, the position requires organization, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. The ability to manage many projects at once while coordinating the timely, day to day work flow and maintenance of systems and databases of information are necessities.

We seek candidates who are qualified to carry out the job responsibilities with excellence and enthusiasm.

The Price Research Office contributes to the mission of the Price School by providing research administration support to school faculty and staff. Our office assisted in the submission of nearly 100 proposals requesting more than $37 million in funding in the past year. Price research is funded by federal, state, local, foundation and industry sponsors. We currently serve over sixty Price faculty and manage a grant portfolio of approximately $40 million. We act as the liaison between the Price School and the central USC offices to ensure the proper submission of proposals and management of awards.


  • Proposal preparation assistance, including but not limited to budget preparation, document compilation, institutional proposal initiation and routing

  • Manage post-proposal, pre-award sponsor and university requirements as needed

  • Manage a portfolio of Price research accounts post-award. Work with PIs and research staff to ensure proper spending of research funding. Coordinate research expenses including salary, travel, consultant, subcontract, tuition, and others as needed.

  • Identify and resolve post-award issues and work with University central offices as needed

  • Maintain knowledge of and ensure compliance with relevant sponsor and University policies regarding the administration of externally sponsored accounts and educate PIs and research staff of University and sponsor policies regarding externally sponsored research funding

  • Maintains and participates in the development of a sponsored projects database. Provides status reports as requested.

  • Manage students working for the METRANS Transportation Center and Price Research Office

  • Provide Price Research Office coverage, when needed

  • Other research administration duties as needed


  • Related undergraduate study

  • Two years’ experience in research administration

About the USC Price School of Public Policy

The mission of the Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. In 2017 the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy was ranked No. 2 overall in Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs, published by U.S. News & World Report. The School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and Urban Planning; masters’ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Health Administration, Real Estate Development, and Nonprofit Leadership and Management; executive masters’ degrees; and an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree. USC is one of the nation’s premiere research universities and Price ranks third overall in funded research on a per faculty basis. Much of the school’s research is conducted through its centers, institutes, and research groups. Among them are the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, the Price Center on Social Innovation, the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, the Center for Economic Development, the Center for Sustainable Cities, the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research, the Lusk Center for Real Estate, and the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the country’s first Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Annual sponsored research volume approximates $80 million.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Interacts with Department of Contracts and Grants. other University offices and faculty to facilitate the exchange of information and provide services associated with pre and post-award administration of contracts and grants for a school or unit.

REQ20071564 Posted Date: 03/12/2019