Associate Director, NU-RES Hub

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 16, 2021
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Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director, NU-RES Hub

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
NOTE: Northeastern is a global university and NU-RES supports its team working remotely. Remote locations and work schedules are determined based on operational needs and in consultation with NU-RES team members, consistent with University policies and guidance.

Northeastern University's Research Enterprise Services (NU-RES) provides leadership and expertise to faculty, investigators and administrators, supporting the research and sponsored programs portfolios of the University and its affiliated research institutes.

The NU-RES virtual Hub, a shared administrative and business service unit, assists faculty and research investigators across the University's global research network. NU -- a dynamic, innovative, and entrepreneurial university with a diverse, complex and growing award portfolio -- seeks to hire talented, experienced, agile research administrators who are dedicated to supporting investigators secure and manage their extramurally-funded sponsored activities. The University is committed to inclusion and diversity; and hiring and developing personnel who enjoy working in a high-performing culture that rewards excellence.

To learn more about Northeastern's unique academic environment and generous benefits please see:

Northeastern is a global university and NU-RES supports its team working remotely. Remote locations and work schedules are determined based on operational needs and in consultation with NU-RES team members, consistent with University policies and guidance.

The Hub serves as a critical researcher-NU-RES interface and directly supports faculty throughout the proposal-award life cycle. Team members of the Hub provide direct assistance to faculty and research investigators; cross-function support to Hub and NU-RES team members; and work closely with all units reporting to the Senior Vice Provost for Research.

Reporting to the AVP, Research Administration, the Associate Director supervises a team of administrators, provides oversight for multiple research and sponsored activity portfolios, develops strong relationships with faculty and colleagues and serves as the point of contact for clients of the Hub.

Responsibilities include: Supervise the NU-RES shared administrative and business services team. Advise and assist researchers and administrative staff on the proposal preparation, submission, JIT and award management processes, including providing guidance on federal regulations, agency requirements, internal policies and procedures, budget development; and award management in compliance with applicable federal, state, local government agency, and private foundation sponsors to ensure conformance to funding agency and University policies. Supervise post-award administration and business management of awards. May conduct institutional review of notices of award providing critical analysis of terms and conditions of federal and non-federal sponsored awards, may conduct negotiation of awards on behalf of the University; monitoring for regulatory compliance with the funding agency's terms and conditions of award from acceptance through closeout. Collaborate with University legal counsel, Office of Institutional Compliance and other NU offices as needed. Serve as a source of information on sponsor and University polices and regulations. Offer effective analytical and creative problem-solving skills and the ability to manage a high volume of work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment.

Demonstrated knowledge of federal grant and contract regulations, agency policies, and familiarity with customary policies and procedures of an institute of higher education required. Experience with the use of Grants.Gov,, eRA Commons required. 5+ years of experience with government contracts and FAR.

Ability to coach a diverse team; excellent written and verbal communication skills required. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, time sensitive environment preferred. Must have solid judgment and capacity to exercise discretion to resolve issues and promote effective solutions; ability to work both independently and as part of a highly accountable team. Must have a strong commitment to constructively contribute to a customer service environment, providing professional, timely, efficient, and courteous service to clients of the Hub and the University's research community. Cooperative, sense of humor and tolerance for ambiguity helpful. Qualified to hold DOD security clearance and proximity to one of Northeastern's global research campuses a plus.

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Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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