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Research Advancement Specialist
JOB #47808BR

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change is seeking a Research Advancement Specialist to support pre-and post-award grants and contracts processes for the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University (ASU).

The Research Advancement Specialist is a proficient specialist that supports efforts to apply for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements, as well as to assist with administrative post-award management.

The Research Advancement Specialist assists in daily operations of SHESC’s post-award grants and contracts administration as well as supporting proposal development for unit faculty, students, and staff. Proposal development includes all business and budgetary aspects of the process, with very little involvement in technical grant writing (if any). We are looking for candidates who demonstrate excellent customer service skills and can work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

Salary Range: $38,160 - $45,000 per year; DOE
Close Date: 28-December-2018
Category: 02

Essential Duties

  • Under general supervision from senior staff in SHESC the Research Advancement Specialist works to:
  • Provide a supportive environment for faculty, staff, and students in the preparation of proposals and administrative management of awards.
  • Respond to inquiries (students, faculty, staff, ORSPA, Research Operations, etc.) in a timely manner using effective interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills and methods as appropriate to address questions and/or concerns.
  • Review funding announcements and providing guidance on eligibility and sponsor requirements.
  • Contact sponsors for clarification of application guidelines.
  • Develop administrative components of grant and contract proposals for a wide variety of funding agencies, including federal sponsors (such as the National Science Foundation – NSF), industry, philanthropic sponsors, and local governmental agencies.
  • Develop complex budgets, draft budget justifications, secure internal approvals, liaise with sub recipients, check proposal documents for compliance, prepare sponsor application packages, and work closely with the Office for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration (ORSPA) for institutional review and submission.
  • Identify specific areas and solutions for process improvement, and draft changes to methods, procedures, and work instructions.
  • Interpret sponsor guidelines to ensure ongoing compliance with all applicable regulatory and financial requirements imposed on institutions of higher education including, but not limited to, sponsor, ABOR, university, state, and federal regulations [including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200)].
  • Assist in all areas of award management, which may include but are not limited to: Administrative post award management requests, such as At-Risks, Pre-Award Costs, rebudgets, No Cost Extensions, post award processing of invoices and purchases, account reconciliations
  • Guidance on sponsor policies and regulations regarding the administration of award funds.
  • Analyze award documents and advise faculty on non-financial management issues, resolving complex problems with faculty, internal offices, sub-recipients, and sponsors.
  • Utilize ASU resources and offices to resolve issues related to conflict of interest, cost sharing, subcontracting, and intellectual property.
  • Work under deadlines, manage multiple responsibilities and duties, with interruptions, and in unclear and/or changing situations.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with faculty, researchers, unit personnel, Sponsored Project Office representatives, and members of the ASU Research Advancement Community.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field. One year directly related experience; OR Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in using Microsoft Office (i.e., Excel, Outlook, and Word), SharePoint, Enterprise Research Administration (ERA), Workday, Data Warehouse, FastLane, Grants.gov, and eRA Commons
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proposal development (i.e., preparation and submission of grant applications)
  • Experience in sponsored project administration
  • Experience in accounting, financial management, and/or customer service
  • Experience with grants and contracts or similarly complex documents
  • Experience in following standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily identified
  • Evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in collaboration and a high level of customer service
  • Experience in using problem-solving, critical thinking and time management skills
  • Experience in understanding user needs, requirements, and requests
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective professional working relationships
  • Experience in working on multiple projects while producing accurate output

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential functions
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals
  • Receives regular review of completed tasks for achievement of established objectives

Department Statement

Known for its leadership in innovative education and research, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change includes one of the nation's top-ranked anthropology programs and the largest and most research-productive transdisciplinary anthropology faculty in the nation. Staying true to our four-field anthropological origins means we remain committed to leveraging a long-term, comparative, and holistic perspective on human origins and diversity as a way to understand and address complex problems, now and for the future, and a deep concern for community engagement and social justice. In addition to anthropology, our students can earn degrees in global health, applied mathematics for the life and social sciences and museum studies. We are also known for our high quality study abroad, field school programs and research apprenticeship opportunities for our ~1,000 undergraduate majors and ~200 graduate students.

We offer a dynamic, collegial, and challenging work environment due to the pace of innovation, complex array of research and academic programs, and high profile initiatives. SHESC is the largest social science unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU's largest and most diverse college. For complete information, see http://shesc.asu.edu/

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Instructions to Apply


Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


Assistant Professor
JOB #12667

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the archaeological study of the spread of hominins across the globe, particularly during the Pleistocene. Anticipated start date is August 2019. The candidate will help advance the research and public outreach of the Institute of Human Origins and contribute to the university’s global leadership in the study of human evolution. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate level courses, mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, conduct collaborative research, present research findings in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets and in public fora, seek external funding, and provide service to the university and appropriate scientific societies.

Minimum qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology or related field by the time the appointment starts
  • A record of archaeological research on the spread of hominins across the globe with a focus on the Pleistocene. 
  • Experience in field archaeology
  • The potential to develop a world-class, long-term field research program employing transdisciplinary approaches
  • The potential for achieving high levels of research productivity and impact

Desired qualifications

  • A background in the hands-on study of excavated materials from archaeological sites
  • Evidence of success in obtaining external funding
  • Classroom and/or online teaching experience
  • Experience mentoring and supporting students
  • A commitment to the public communication of science
  • Capacity to cross-teach and mentor students across the Anthropology degree program and other programs offered in the School such as Global Health, Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences, or Environmental Social Science
  • Collaborative experiences with a broad range of sciences inside and outside anthropology
  • A strong potential for success in serving the needs of perse student populations and/or reaching out to perse communities

Initial deadline for complete applications is December 21, 2018. If not filled, review will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please submit to http://academicjobsonline.org the following materials: 1) a letter that explains how your research, teaching, and mentorship fit with the advertised position and how the research program expands in the future at ASU, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and email addresses of three references. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. Please address your letter of application to Professor Curtis Marean, GHD Search Committee Chair. This is a paperless search; only materials submitted electronically as described above will be considered. A background check is required for employment.

ASU is ranked sixth nationally in the National Science Foundation HERD survey for social science research. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change houses programs in anthropology, global health, environmental social sciences, and applied math in the life sciences. Faculty in our School collaborate through other dynamic research centers including the Center for Digital Antiquity, the Teotihuacan Research Center, Center for Global Health, the Center for Evolution and Medicine, the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, the Center for Archaeology and Society, the Institute of Human Origins, and the Global Institute of Sustainability. For more information, please visit https://shesc.asu.edu.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/