Senior Grants Manager


Under broad managerial direction, the Senior Grants Manager undertakes all financial and administrative tasks related to federal and non-federal sponsored research at the Annenberg School, from pre-award to post-award and close-out.

  • Pre-award grant administration: assist ASC faculty and others with the preparation of grant, research, and foundation proposals to external and internal sponsors; review proposals for administrative requirements; provide guidance; assist with the preparation of standard to complex budgets and budget justifications; gather required documents for submission according to funding sponsor guidelines; prepare PENN ERA record, review application for completeness, track proposal through the signature process to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Post-award administration: budget awards, prepare and monitor ICR budgets, prepare and enter journals, prepare monthly account reconciliations; ensure regulatory and administrative compliance with sponsor, school, and university policies and procedures; exercise overall management and operational responsibility for issues of finance and reporting, compliance, and procurement services; develop and distribute comprehensive monthly financial reports to investigators; work closely with school’s payroll coordinator to ensure accurate salary distribution and other payroll related issues; meet with PIs regularly and participate in all other activities required to support sponsored research projects; plan reporting schedules and ensure compliance with same, providing reports or templates as needed; manage grants through close-out.
  • Liaise with funding agencies, subcontractors, university sponsored project offices, and others.
  • Prepare grant projections, working with school’s financial analyst as appropriate, for the School’s multi-year budget submission and periodic budget forecasts.
  • Provide and/or analyze data for dean or other senior management for long-range decision-making as needed.
  • Continually monitor risks associated with research administration to ensure full compliance with all regulations and applicable standards; provide recommendations for improved control and/or operation procedures.
  • Provide leadership to develop and implement workshops/seminars for faculty and students about how to apply for grants. Proactively forward potential funding announcements to targeted faculty and graduate students.
  • Assist Sr. Director of Finance with financial data analysis and/or work on special projects as time allows.

Position is contingent upon continued grant funding. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume.


Bachelor's Degree with 5-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Strong grantsmanship, compliance, and administrative experience essential. Strong proficiency with spreadsheets and Excel required. Experience enforcing funding policies, procedures, and regulations essential. High level of accountability required. Experience in university financial and research administration accounting systems required (Ben Financials, Business Objects, etc.). Excellent organizational, critical thinking, interpersonal, and written communications skills needed. Must be able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously. Must be able to think creatively in order to solve and find alternative solutions to problems.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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Interested candidates should apply through Penn's application site here.


Contact Info

Donna Burdumy
Director of Human Resources