University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Director, Sponsored Programs

    Minimum Salary US-MA-Worcester
    Job Location 2 months ago(3/2/2018 11:43 AM)
    Requisition Number
    2018-30506
    # of Openings
    1
    Posted Date
    Day
    Shift
    Exempt
  • Overview

    GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

    Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Office of Research Administration and Finance the Director Sponsored Program will plan, direct and administer the Sponsor Program Services for the University Massachusetts Medical School.  Serve as Campus official authorized to sign grant proposals, agreements and contracts including federal and non-federal contracts and awards. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with funding agencies, non-profit foundations, industry sponsors and university constituencies working with senior management to manage initiatives and issues that affect the research portfolio of the Campus. Manage staff activities to ensure compliance of institutional policies, federal and state regulations and sponsor guidelines.

    Responsibilities

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Manage the activities of the Sponsored Program Office staff including hiring, firing, orientation, training, performance management and mentoring
    • Serve as the institution’s official authorized to sign grant proposals, agreements and contracts including federal and non-federal contracts and awards.
    • Oversee the negotiation, review, and approval of all grant applications, awards, and industry-sponsored research Ensure documents comply with institution policies, federal regulations, state regulations and sponsor guidelines.
    • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with funding agencies, non-profit foundations, industry sponsors and university constituencies.
    • Identify research funding opportunities and trends and disseminates information to appropriate campus faculty and staff.
    • Manage the institution’s grant proposal and award systems; oversee the accuracy of the data used for the generation and distribution of reports to senior management.
    • Serve as an institution resource, in conjunction with Grant Accounting and Compliance, regarding compliance with federal and state regulations and private funding Participate in interpretation and dissemination of changes.
    • Develop, implement and disseminate policies for pre-award activities assuring compliance with University, federal and state regulations as well as conflict of interest policies.
    • Participate in campus meetings with relevant offices such as Administrative and Finance, Development, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Technology Management and Library to assess, direct and develop needed administrative infrastructure to support sponsored programs related activities
    • Ensure programmatic compliance with negotiated project terms; coordinates and authorizes submission of project reports.
    • Coordinates required approvals from institutional IACUC, IBC, and IRB for sponsors.
    • Oversee foreign project registration and collaborate with International Support Services on funded foreign projects.
    • Work with staff to prepare and disseminate educational materials on a variety of research administration topics to institution faculty and staff.
    • Represent the University at national meetings on research funding services and participates with peers in university system­ wide meetings to ensure consistency in research policies and effective administration.
    • Advocates for faculty and the institution with Assists department administrators and faculty in appropriate presentation of data to fulfill sponsor requirements while ensuring compliance with university policies.
    • Provide oversight and training for electronic grant submissions.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

    Qualifications

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor' s Degree or equivalent experience
    • 10 years of demonstrated administrative responsibility in Pre-Award Research Administration or closely related field; with previous management and leadership skills working in a large complex environment.
    • Possesses high-level communication skills, both oral and written including presentations, proposals, reports and memoranda both technical and confidential in nature.
    • Ability to provide information to adverse audience including all levels of the organization.
    • Experience working effectively with multiple constituencies.
    • High level of diplomacy, discretion, and problem-solving skills required.
    • Ability to recommend solutions and/or persuade others toward a course of action usually related to complex problems.
    • Extensive knowledge of policies, procedures, and requirements of federal and private granting agencies, as well as legal, business and academic requirements governing non-profit research.
    • Capacity to manage complex operational priorities including the development of strategies, which integrate plans and objectives of several programs, services or activities with other departments and/or resources
    • Ability to travel to off-site locations

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