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Business Administrator

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Administrative Support, Student Services and Academic Support

Who we are

For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer serves over 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 49 states and 63 countries. Guided by the Rensselaer Plan 2024, Rensselaer seeks to transform the delivery of pedagogical innovations, and to be a transformative agent in the 21st century and beyond.

Job Summary

The Business Administrator will oversee assigned business units in the School of Engineering providing support to both academic departments and research thrusts. The Business Administrator will be responsible for following Institute and sponsor guidelines for spending and budgeting, as well as responsible for preparing complex financial reports. The Business Administrator is responsible for providing budgets and forecasts, determining appropriate levels of graduate financial aid and cost sharing, monitoring new faculty costs, monitoring education & general, designated, and/or restricted funds, and for the preparation of other specific information, analyses, and reports as required by portfolio leadership and faculty investigators.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree with three (3) years of relevant experience to include one (1) year of work experience in the administration, monitoring and management of research and/or other closely related types of restricted funds

Familiarity with federal and state government regulations as they pertain to research administration

Relevant combinations of education, training and experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Desired experience in managing the administrative and business functions for a complex university research center, including budget preparation, proposal preparation, intellectual property, financial management, and human resources. 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and ability to thoroughly understand Institute and sponsor rules and regulations
  • Ability to analyze and interpret reports, documents and statistical data
  • Ability to perform budget reporting, forecasting, and account reconciliation
  • Knowledge of financial software including spreadsheet, database, and data warehouse applications
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite software applications
  • Ability to learn and/or use SCT Banner finance, position control and labor modules or other appropriate applications
  • Knowledge of fund based budgeting in a non-profit setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to work as individually or as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail


Business Hours: Monday - Friday

Application instructions


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COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

As Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students back to campus for an in-person academic experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work onsite, with no remote work allowed.

In addition, Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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