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University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Sponsored Programs Pre-award Specialist in Colorado Springs, Colorado


This position is responsible for supporting all pre-award activities, ensuring institutional compliance with diverse federal, state, and university rules, regulations, policies and procedures. This position provides high quality support and customer service to faculty, staff and sponsor representatives pursing a sponsored program related to cybersecurity, as assigned by the Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity. This position will serve as a direct support resource to a range of cybersecurity investigators as related to sponsored program proposals. This position will require familiarity with cybersecurity from both a technical (computer science, information technology) and non-technical (management, policy, psychology, risk and audit) perspective as well as the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework categories in order to understand, refine and focus efforts to obtain grants to support this discipline across the campus.

This position can work remotely as directed by the AVCR and will therefore need remote access to the internet for telework.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) at is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students. Colorado Springs at (pop. 400K ) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report at as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties:

  • Review and interpret agency specific guidelines and regulations regarding proposal preparation, provide advice, consultation and expertise to university personnel submitting proposals.

  • Assist researchers with identifying specific funding agencies and funding calls for proposals related to their area as it relates to cybersecurity.

  • Engage in limited copy-editing.

  • Review applications materials for accuracy and completeness, ensure proposals are formatted and assembled in accordance with agency requirements and are compliant with university, sponsor, state, and federal polices and regulations.

  • Initiate application packages in agency specific on-line systems as necessary.

  • Assist faculty and staff with the preparation of proposal budgets, budget justifications, and corresponding agency forms, certification and assurance, and supporting documentation required by the sponsor, review all material to ensure compliance with RFP, upload proposal documents to on-line systems as necessary.

  • Maintain professional communication with principal investigators and others to ensure smooth processes for submitting proposals and accepting awards.

  • Communicate with departments, units, PI’s and sponsored program administrators regarding administrative, budgetary and compliance requirements.

  • Develop, refine, and perform quality assurance processes to ensure compliance with appropriate regulations governing sponsored programs.

  • Provide support as requested, such as researching and preparing topic specific training materials.

  • Develop, coordinate, and deliver activities, including meetings and workshops, in support of training and outreach to support the success of sponsored programs including topics, such as locating funding opportunities, proposal & budget preparation, allowable costs, and compliance with federal circulars.

  • Monitor various complex and changing regulations and federal guidance as it applies to sponsored programs administration in order to assist in the interpretation and application relating to pre-award administration of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of cybersecurity from an education, industry and government perspective is this area is constantly evolving, expanding, and becoming more complex.

This list is not all inclusive of the duties of this position.

Job Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Organizing and coordinating skills.

  • Ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.

  • Negotiation and arbitration skills.

  • Information research skills.

  • Knowledge of federal, state and/or community funding sources and mechanisms.

  • Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal and university regulations.

  • Knowledge and understanding of computer-aided research administration systems.

  • Ability to provide technical advice and information to tenured/tenure-track faculty in area of expertise.

  • Proposal, grant writing, and research report skills.

  • Ability to analyze budgetary line items for compliance with budget guidelines.

  • Records maintenance skills.

  • Database management skills.

  • Maintain confidentiality.

  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.

  • Communicate and work with diverse individuals in a professional setting.

  • Communicate effectively in both verbal & written forms.

  • Exercise excellent time management.

  • Edit and write clear, precise, and grammatically correct documents.

  • Work independently while exercising appropriate judgment in seeking assistance and guidance.

  • Work effectively under pressure.

  • Manage a heavy workload with multiple deadlines and competing priorities.

  • Create and manage documents, databases, and spreadsheets.

  • Interpret complex material.

  • Translate regulatory and compliance requirements.

  • Effectively utilize technological tools.

  • Maintain a sense of humor.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at: .

Salary Range: Generally Starting At: $48,011 - $60,013

This position is funded for one year with the possibility of the position being extended.

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 12/03/2020

  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of 12/14/2020

  • The potential employee start date is 01/01/2021

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Two or more years of experience with sponsored programs or research administration

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience working with grants and contracts within an institution of higher education

  • At least 2 years of technical grant writing experience

  • Interest in and awareness of the technical and non-technical aspects of cybersecurity

  • Willingness to learn about the complexities and interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity

  • Familiarity with the vocabulary and context of cybersecurity

  • Ability to grasp and communicate complex technical topics

  • Familiarity with the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity both technical and non-technical

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. Tasks may invlove looking at a computer screen continuously for long periods of time, talking within normal range. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Job: Research Services

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Job Category Research Services

Department C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus

Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Oct 30, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Gretchen Bliss

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00779528

Req ID: 19439

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.