Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Department of Surgery, within the IU school of Medicine is seeking a Director of Research Administration to oversee the research management activity for all research in the Department of Surgery (DOS) and they will also direct the office of Surgery Research Administration. To find out more about the Department of Surgery, or IU School of Medicine, please follow this link: medicine.iu.edu/departments/surgery/.
This individual is responsible for compliance with sponsor and institutional regulations and policies, and serves as a strategic partner to Principle Investigators (PI’s), faculty, senior department leadership, and University offices for research related activity such as proposal development, budgeting, forecasting, financial management and personnel issues.
The Director of Research Administration (DRA) engineers strategic improvements in research administration, including the formulation of policy and development of new procedures. The position includes considerable high level decision-making in unique situations or circumstances where no written guidelines apply.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
50% Direct the Research Administration Function of the Department:
Facilitate and oversee in proactive manner pre-award and post-award planning and administration of research funding. Keep abreast of trends and developments regarding policies and procedures from sponsors and institution, including those related to international activity. Acquire, interpret and maintain knowledge of sponsoring agency and University policies regarding the receipt and administration of sponsored projects. Serve as the primary point of contact for Office of Research Administration (ORA) and IUSM.
Serve as authorized signatory on behalf of the Department Chair and make decisions related to complex submissions and contractual negotiations. Provide guidance and exercise independent judgment when policies and regulations are seemingly conflicting.
Direct and implement ongoing budget planning and development processes and develop long-term budget plans, modeling and analysis. Oversee the Grants Manager and Clinical Research Manager in ongoing budget monitoring and alert senior department leadership regarding potential grants management issues, including significant budget shortfalls.
Manage the effort reporting and certification process to ensure compliance with federal requirements. Provide advice and assistance in managing the conflict of interest policy in the Department to ensure that officers of research and instruction are compliant with federal and state laws, regulations and policies with respect to financial conflicts of interest.
Serve as overarching supervisor to surgery research staff; oversee recruitment, hiring, training, monitor performance, identify problem staff and counsel to improvement or terminate. Resolve issues that are elevated by team members. Generate benchmarks of success and provide feedback to team members in association with their direct supervisor or as appropriate.
30% Provide strategic leadership in the Department's research mission:
Participate and contribute to strategic discussions about the department's research agenda and help anticipate responses to the changing landscape of research funding.
Function as a liaison with research partners outside the Department of Surgery (Regenstrief, Global Health, Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering (ICRME), CTSI, Cancer Center, and others) to assure DOS, IUSM, and IU policies are followed, activities are compliant with state and federal regulations as well as contract specifications, and goals are consistent with the department's goals.
Collaborate with the Vice Chair of Research identifying, developing, and implementing improvements to basic and clinical research administration work flow, processes to manage the timing of grant funding for PIs and research programs, and financial reporting, dashboards, and analysis. Recommend improvements in the use of technology for the benefit of the Department and Divisions.
Internal Number: 73366
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