The Research Administration Manager in the Office of Sponsored Research is responsible for all areas of research administration, including both pre- and post-award functions. This position leads a team of 6 to 8 Sponsored Projects Specialists who provide a full range of services to Principal Investigators (PIs) and departmental administrative staff, from proposal submission to project close out, while ensuring compliance with Sponsor and University guidelines.
The Research Administration Manager performs the following duties:
Supervise a team of Sponsored Projects Specialists and provide direction on all phases of the grants lifecycle
Set performance standards for employees, prepare performance evaluations, and offer positive feedback as well as corrective actions to employees
Recognize and pursue professional development and training opportunities for team members
Troubleshoot unusual or challenging situations and consult with management to develop strategies and resolutions using extensive knowledge of standard theories, principles, practices, and techniques applicable to research administration
Apply and educate others on a wide variety of policies and procedures relating to and impacting individual funded programs and departments, including UNC System Office internal policies and procedures and the changing audit priorities and guidelines of external funding agencies
Provide support and training on core research competencies, including federal and sponsor guidelines, compliance issues related to conflicts of interest, time and effort reporting, human and animal subjects regulations as they relate to pre- and post-award administration, research integrity, subrecipient monitoring, A-133 audit standards, cost sharing, and other areas of financial and non-financial research compliance
Consult with and advise faculty and staff on proposal preparation, interpretation of complex terms and conditions, negotiation strategies, compliance with sponsoring agency statutory and regulatory requirements, and State and University policies.
This position must ensure that all work is completed with a high degree of accuracy. Errors resulting from failure to exercise required accuracy could have a negative financial impact on the University, including audit disallowances and impact on future awards. Errors could also result in loss of credibility of the Office of Sponsored Research.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Demonstrated knowledge of government regulations, cost principles, and administrative requirements applicable to contracts and grants, including, but not limited to, FAR, CFR, and other research compliance requirements (e.g. Export Control, Conflict of Interest, Human Subjects, Ethics Training).
Previous experience interpreting funding opportunity guidelines and submitting proposals to major funding agencies in federal, state, and nonprofit agencies; or previous experience in the financial management of multiple projects in the post-award phase.
Previous experience training and mentoring others and creating written policies/procedures.
Previous experience in data tracking and report preparation.
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated strong customer service skills.
Demonstrated strong organizational, time management, and prioritization skills.
Demonstrated ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy, efficiency, and timeliness.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook).
Certified Research Administrator credentials.
Post-baccalaureate degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area.
Five years of experience in research administration (either pre-award, post-award, or a combination) as a grant/research administrator in a university or nonprofit setting.
Previous experience with electronic research administration systems (e.g., RAMSeS, Cayuse, PeopleSoft Grants Management).
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 168959
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