CUNY Research Programs Specialist - Audit and Compliance in Queens, New York


Reporting to the Assistant Director for Post-Award Services, in the Grants Office, the Research Programs Specialist will be responsible for carrying out the following Post-Award responsibilities:

  • Research and resolve multiple and often complex matters in sponsored programs administration; set priorities in a timely and efficient manner;

  • Collaborate with unit management in identifying and meeting short and long term objectives

  • Monitor and administer routine sponsored program activity to ensure that awarded funds are expended in a timely manner and in accordance with sponsor's terms and conditions

  • Track sponsored program progress, including performance-based grant components, and coordinate plans to maintain timely progress and initiate budget modifications, when necessary

  • Maintain audit-compliant records for sponsored programs; coordinate data collection for sponsored program audits; and liaise with internal audit at the Research Foundation

  • Compile and analyze data for institutional reports; maintain various databases to ensure compliance

  • Research, draft, and format institutional reports of considerable complexity using various techniques, software and formats

  • Respond to Principal Investigator and Project Director requests and inquiries in a timely and thorough manner

  • Facilitate staff training; recruit and supervise volunteers and interns

  • Facilitate meetings and participate in professional development activities such as developing training materials and providing website updates.

LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit to learn more.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.


  • A minimum of four years related experience in grants and contracts administration

  • Higher Ed experience strongly preferred

  • Proficiency in major office computer and spreadsheet software related to field of work

  • Ability to meet multiple, simultaneous deadlines in a fast-paced work environment

  • Attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff, associates, and internal and external constituents

  • Ability to explain complex concepts to professional college staff and officials

  • Ability to conduct research and manipulate complex statistical information

  • Knowledge of Federal requirements, guidelines and regulations for grants management at institutions of higher education


Assists in the administration of College research programs.

  • Organizes and manages the requirements of existing funded projects and prepares preliminary materials for grant submission

  • Collects information for, and assists in preparing reports, manuscripts for publication, newsletters, web sites, and other communications

  • Plans, designs and coordinates interdisciplinary information and research planning sessions and professional development activities for faculty and staff

  • May oversee one or more facilities, participating in budgeting, planning, and monitoring, and assuring availability of needed tools and equipment

  • Serves as a consultant and resource to faculty and staff on planning and administering research projects

  • Performs related activities as assigned.

Job Title Name: Research Programs Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Open until filled. Resume review will begin starting January 26th (Revised)


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: LaGuardia Community College

Job Title: Research Programs Specialist - Audit and Compliance

Job ID: 16181

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular