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Job Title:
Grant Management Specialist, IS-1109, Grade 09; $61,268 to $79,650 Annually
Type of Position:
Trust Fund (non-Federal) Indefinite
Job Location:
Cambridge, MA
Posting Opening Date:
Posting Closing Date:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  Open to all qualified US citizens and perm residents eligible to work in the United States.

Note: First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.


The incumbent will be involved in Grant Awards with responsibility for negotiating and issuing subgrants and amendments for various SAO programs.


The incumbent will primarily perform pre-and post awards functions related to the Chandra X-ray center (CXC) scientific observing subgrants. Duties may include, but are not limited to: performing subgrant award administration including producing subgrants, amendments, and closeouts; processing drawdown advances and expenditures; participating in reviewing budgets of proposals that have been recommended for funding and providing assessment of conformance with applicable guidelines, allowability and reasonableness of costs in the budget; ensuring that awards are issued in accordance with funding agency requirements and Smithsonian policies and procedures; analyzing, negotiating and preparing subgrants, budgets, and associated transmittal documents; interpreting, applying organizational regulations, policies, and procedures; Performing other duties as assigned.


One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (Grade 7) in the normal line of progression for the position. Experience at this level normally would have equipped the applicant with skills in negotiating and issuing subgrants; monitoring award performance at an educational, non profit or government institution.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position.


2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

or LL.B. or J.D.,  related to the position.

For Requirements please refer to Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions:

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications online for this position. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit USAJOBS

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