Senior Grants and Agreements Officer
McGill University - Human Resources

Senior Grants and Agreements Officer 


McGill University - Human Resources



Position Title: 

Sr Grants Agreements Officer (ADM3A)


Position Summary: 

Under the direction of the Associate Director, Grants and Agreements, the Senior Grants and Agreements Officer is responsible for the planning, management, and execution of major and/or complex funding opportunities and for raising the profile of OSR, both within the McGill community and externally to sponsors. He/she provides outstanding customer service by assisting and advising researchers during both the pre-award and post-award project phases. The Senior Grants and Agreements Officer is also responsible for drafting, reviewing, and/or negotiating various types of contracts, agreements, and proposals as they relate to research outcomes for academic staff. At various times, he/she may lead or supervise a team of Grants and Agreements Officers who manage a portfolio of federal, provincial, and international research sponsors (e.g. granting agencies, foundations, institutions) within assigned areas or sectors of responsibility.


Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Assume a leadership role, in concert with the researcher(s), in the development of new projects for provincial, national, and international funding opportunities, such as grants, contracts and agreements.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Grants and Agreements Officers in the management of a large portfolio of federal, provincial, and international research sponsors and non-for-profit partners within assigned areas or sectors of responsibility.
  • Promote and manage the development of complex, high-value awards (multi-institutional, multi-partnered, interdisciplinary, significant budgets, etc.). Build and lead teams in response to major funding opportunities and requests for proposals (RFP) to support the development of applications.
  • Develop strong working relationships with university stakeholders as well as funding agencies, organizations, foundations, and non-for-profit partners. Assess and obtain approval for internal resources to support high-value, multi-partner projects.
  • Assist in the design, draft, review, and negotiation of complex and detailed contracts, agreements, and proposals for research activities by McGill academic staff. Identify, mitigate, and seek relevant guidance on risk issues, articulate alternatives, and recommend and implement solutions.
  • Organize and coordinate site visits by external sponsors for the review of high-value awards. Receive and initiate site visits as they relate to collaborative research projects.
  • Provide professional expertise and guidance to researchers as well as existing or potential partners within assigned areas or sectors of responsibility as it relates to contracts and agreements. Inform and educate researchers as to the contract management best practices within the highly competitive commercial environment.
  • Monitor progress and results of ongoing projects and other related activities, ensuring that continuity of intent flows through confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, and other contracts and agreements as they relate to the program of research. Produce special reports and analyses as required.
  • Facilitate the post-award management process with external sponsors and internally at McGill. Work with the Awards Management team regarding post-award issues. As required, communicate with partners to ensure proper management of awarded and committed funds.
  • Provide activity and other special reports and analyses within assigned areas or sectors of responsibility to the Associate Director on a regular basis.
  • Assume and lead other responsibilities or tasks assigned by the Associate Director related to the support of research activities by academic staff.


Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Five (5) years' related experience


Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 

Experience with the designing, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating complex agreements and other legal documents. Expert knowledge of contract management, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements (MTAs), ethics practices and rules of research conduct, etc. Strong understanding of intellectual property management practices. Demonstrated ability to conduct business development and promotional activities to obtain new contracts and to establish future research partnerships. Proven leadership as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team environment. Knowledge of the principles of higher education and of an academic institution’s organization, structure, and functions Demonstrated ability to deliver results within tight deadlines. Fully bilingual in English and French, both verbal and written. Proven ability to work and achieve objectives within a complex policy and procedure framework.


Reference Number: 



Reporting To: 

Associate Director, Grants and Agreements


Salary Range: 

(Grade 07) $66,300 - $88,500 (midpoint) $115,100



Office of Sponsored Research


Position Type: 



Hours Per Week: 



How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

688 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 1520

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1



The deadline to apply for this position is July 23, 2019  at 5:00 PM.


*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*


We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Staffing will only contact applicants selected for an interview.


McGill applicants, covered by the McGill Non-Unionized, Non-Academic Personnel Policies and Procedures, must apply to a regular M and Excluded position within ten (10) working days of the date of publication to maintain internal priority.


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, or 514-398-3711.


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