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Grants Administrator III

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
California, United States
$85,000.00 - $125,000.00
Posted Date
Jul 3, 2024

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Position Type
Programs, Grant Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

This position is responsible for the preparation, submission, and management of a portfolio of grant, contract, and fellowship applications and awards from external funding sources, including Federal, State, voluntary health agencies and foundations.

Who We Are

The Salk Institute is an internationally renowned research institution that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek bold and interactive leaders passionate about exploring new frontiers in science. Our collaborative community embraces diverse perspectives and unique life experiences, fostering innovation, and a sense of belonging. Together, we strive to improve the wellbeing of humanity through groundbreaking research.

Founded by Jonas Salk, developer of the first safe and effective polio vaccine, the Institute is an independent, nonprofit research organization and architectural landmark: small by choice, intimate by nature, and fearless in the face of any challenge. Salk's vibrant community comprises a diverse and talented group of individuals, each playing a crucial role in driving our mission forward. From visionary leaders to dedicated administrators and brilliant faculty members, the Institute is united by a shared passion for scientific exploration and innovation.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Manages all aspects of a portfolio of complex grant, contract, sub-award and fellowship applications and awards, including pre-award, submission, and post-award compliance and reporting.
  • Works with faculty and staff on the preparation of administrative portions of progress reports and other administrative requests.
  • Collaborates with Research Accounting for post-award financial management and works with various administrative departments and Committees to assure proper stewardship of grant funds.
  • Coordinates and prepares funding agency research proposals. Serves in key role with department members, faculty, and staff in assessing application objectives and planning.
  • Prepares and submits grants, contract, sub-award and fellowship applications and awards and stewards the administrative proposal process.
  • At the discretion and under the supervision of the Director of Grants Administration, may be delegated signing authority for proposals on a case-by-case basis.
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Grants Administration, leads departmental and Institute-wide policies and procedures to maintain compliance with funding agency regulations.
  • Mentors other Grants Administrators and provides secondary review of proposals and other actions under the supervision of the Director of Grants Administration.
  • Projects a strong service support role in meeting internal and external customer needs. Effectively communicates orally, in writing and electronically.
  • Stays abreast of potential sources of funding, deadlines, and application guidelines to ensure institutional compliance.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.

What we Require

  • Minimum five years non-profit grants management experience in proposal development, grant financial management or grant-related process improvement, or equivalent combination of post bachelor’s education and experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field or equivalent years of experience required.
  • Knowledge and experience with grant and contract policies, program reviewer guidelines, and extramural funding requirements. Proven ability to analyze and interpret which policies and procedures apply to a given situation; proven ability to perform internal review of procedures to ensure compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards2 CFR 200 (commonly called "Uniform Guidance), required.
  • Experience projecting salary, benefit, and indirect costs, with knowledge of payroll and personnel regulations, required.
  • Certificates, licenses, and registrations preferred:
    • Certified Research Administrator Certification
  • Computer skills required:
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe, FileMakerPro, e-mail programs.
    • Familiarity with on-line proposal submission systems (e.g.,, NSF FastLane, CDMRP eReceipt System, proposalCENTRAL).

What We Can Offer

The expected pay range for this position is $85,000-$125,000 per annum. Salk Institute provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the institute reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.


Salk Institute offers competitive benefits, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, patient advocacy services, and transit/parking program.

Salk Values

The Salk Community, both scientists and administrators, worked together to define values that we believe support Salk’s pursuit of excellence. To be truly the best scientific institution requires not only incredible discoveries, but a common understanding of how we should work together to enable those discoveries.

The acronym “I CARE” provides a simple way to remember each of the values and reminds each of us of the importance of what we do each day.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing equal access to opportunities for students, employees, applicants for employment and other visitors. Salk has also adopted and maintains a policy to encourage professional and respectful workplace behavior and prevent discriminatory and harassing conduct in our workplace.

Accordingly, the Institute prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment on the basis of, and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to, actual or perceived race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status (disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, other covered veteran status), political affiliation, and any other status protected by state or federal law.

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