Reporting to the Senior Business Officer, the Manager provides counsel to the Senior Business Office and College Business Office Teams on matters of research administration and participates in strategic planning. College of Engineering research expenditures is approximately $60M. The Manager leads a team of administrators who provide service for all phases of contracts and grants oversight. Maintains productive relationships with constituencies related to the contracts and grants operation in the College; directly supervises and develops team members. Independently resolves complex administrative procedural and administrative problems in all categories of research administration, payroll distribution and procurement. Implements and completes special financial management projects including report generation using a variety of data sources and techniques. The Manager plans and executes preventative and corrective action to mitigate risk of non-compliance to avoid potential delay or loss of sponsor funding.
Direct College Research Administration staff in the proposal submission and post award oversight activities associated with over 375 grants and contracts resulting in $60 million in annual externally sponsored activities on approximately 700 purpose codes. This activity includes observance and advocacy related to federal terms & conditions as well as federal acquisition regulation clauses.
Manage 2 Grant Administration Supervisors and 1 Sponsored Programs Accountant.
Manage the allocation and prioritization of workload for staff of 15.
Train SPCs on appropriate business processes and direct training on standard operating procedures for sponsored programs administration from proposal submission to award oversight and expensing the contract.
Provide expert advice and consultation to faculty/departments concerning contracts and grants proposal submission and award management.
Serve as primary contact with the Research Office Leadership on day-to-day activities.
Develop and recommend solutions to Research Office Leadership, Associate Dean of Research and Sr. Business Officer related to problematic or complicated issues.
Work closely with the departments to maximize best practices and provide excellent customer service to the departments and faculty.
Formulate processes and procedures to be used across the College which will facilitate administration of research within the framework of UD policies and federal terms and conditions.
Ensure the compliance of Federal OMB regulations as well as sponsor specific guidelines
Review internal and external audit results in collaboration with college and Research Office leadership; devise, plan and implement corrective action strategies to mitigate risk of non-compliance to avoid potential delay or loss of sponsor funding.
Provide leadership and guidance in the development of major center proposals with College faculty. Working closely with Research Development staff, assemble a team of administrators and other resources to sustain and support the submission.
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as necessary.
Bachelor’s Degree in a business-related field and five years job-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Higher education experience preferred.
Advanced knowledge of OMB regulations and grant funding policies and procedures; knowledge of federal forms and processing systems.
Effective oral and written communications, interpersonal, negotiating, and organizational skills. Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
Knowledge of university financials system with experience in research administration is preferred.
Understanding of generally accepted research administration policies and the University environment.
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, resolution of complex problems/issues and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills.
Information research skills.
Ability to supervise and training employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
Demonstrated customer service skills. Ability to meet multiple deadlines.
Certified Research Administrators credential preferred. If candidate does not have this credential, expectation is to obtain it within eighteen months of hire date.
Internal Number: 494372
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