Grants and Contracts Associate                                                          

Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP)


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, economics or field related to the position.
  • 2 years of demonstrated experience as a fiscal officer in the administration of sponsored grants and contracts along with demonstrated budgetary experience related to the position. This position has significant impact on resources, and must make independent decisions based on interpreting policies, rules, and procedures. Contacts for this position include external agencies.

(This position requires a background check.)


  1. Extensive knowledge of the theories, principles, methods, and procedures of professional grants and contracts administration
  2. Extensive knowledge of funding agency policies, procedures, laws, a regulations applicable to the administration of grants and contracts
  3. Extensive knowledge of office methods and procedures
  4. Working knowledge of accounting principles and practices, and of automated data processing systems
  5. Ability to formulate and implement operational policies and procedures effectively for a grants and contracts administration office
  6. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with funding agency representatives, deans, directors, principal investigators, faculty, and staff


This position includes both pre-award and post-award responsibilities. Pre-award responsibilities include assisting Principal Investigators (PI’S) with budget proposal and general proposal development, and with the submission of grants to federal and state funding agencies – the employee must be prepared to independently submit proposals. Post-award responsibilities include assisting PI’s in the fiscal management of their grants, responding to funder inquires, and preparing financial reports as well as progress/final reports to granting agencies. The position requires providing advice regarding sponsor and university regulations and the ongoing administrative duties involved in assuring compliance with applicable policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the sponsoring agencies, the employing institutions and applicable state and federal requirements. This position serves as a fiscal officer for sponsored grants and contracts, and acts as a liaison between external agencies and University administrators, faculty, and staff to assure proper disbursement and reporting of grant funds.


$55,000 – $62,000 per year


Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                                            

(Hours may vary depending on departmental needs)



To apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), you must submit the following:

  • Employment Application (Original initials and original signatures are required for each position applied. Electronic initials and electronic signatures are         not acceptable.)
  • Statement of Annuitant Status (Original signatures are required for each position applied. Electronic signatures are not acceptable.)
  • Affirmative Action Form 
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts

Above you can download and print a copy of the Employment Application, Statement of Annuitant Form as well as the Affirmative Action Form. You must complete, sign and date the application and annuitant form and submit them along with official transcripts, resume and cover letter to cs-employment@neiu.edu by the application deadline. A new application and annuitant form are required for each position applied.

If you have any questions, please email us at CS-Employment@neiu.edu. Please visit the State of Illinois University Civil Service website at for general information. NEIU Employment Services reserves the right not to consider any application on the basis of incomplete information/documents, delay in submission, and disqualifications under the rules of State Universities Civil Service System. Employment Services, however, assures that your application will be duly reviewed on the basis of the classification(s) in which you qualify and, accordingly, will inform you of their decision.

Application Deadline:
A current employment application, statement of annuitant status form, official transcript(s), resume and cover letter must be submitted by the close of business 7/19/2021 or until position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.