Research Administrator


Position Information

University Code 34124 University Title Associate Research Administrator 1-3 University Job Family Research - Support ORP Eligible No For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Multi Title Scope of Search Local Working Title Research Administrator Position Number 568300 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department School of Medicine Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

The VCU School of Medicine Office of Research Administration ( SOMRA ) is seeking our next team member. This is an opportunity to join a team of research administrators focused on peer-led training and where opportunities for growth abound. Research administrators in the SOMRA office are responsible for administratively supporting faculty and students in the conduct of medical research across a variety of departments in the School of Medicine. The selected candidate will assist researchers in the development and successful submission of proposals for funding, as well as provide compliant financial and administrative management of funded grants and contracts. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with skills in finance, budget development, and/or program administration who want to grow those skills in a fast-paced, diverse environment. The position will also present opportunities for career advancement in the field of research administration for those presenting a willingness and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty and staff across all School of Medicine departments.

Minimum Hiring Standards

Candidates must possess skills or ability to acquire new skills in the following areas: analyze financial transactions for trends and variances; create reports, tracking tools, and professional documents; budget development; expense forecasting; financial reconciliation; ability to interpret and apply complex government regulations and contractual terms; pro-actively ask questions and seek guidance when needed. Must have excellent customer service skills, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. Strong problem solving and time management skills are essential, including ability to adapt to frequent changes in work assignments, prioritize, and manage competing priorities and deadlines. Must be precise, thorough, and reliable and perform daily activities with minimal supervision.
Must be proficient in the use of computers with an ability to learn new systems and software applications with ease. Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe required.
Ability to work in a diverse environment required.

Preferred Hiring Standards

Bachelor’s degree preferred.
1-3 years of experience preferred in research administration in the areas of proposal development, financial management, effort reporting, and project close-out will be preferred, including a working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and OMB Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards.
Prior experience in administrative and financial management in an academic setting (to include a working knowledge of state/university purchasing, travel, personnel administration policies and procedures) will be preferred. Additionally, general understanding of IRB and IACUC policies pertaining to regulatory requirements in animal and human research is a plus.

Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range Up to $57,000 Application Process/Additional Information Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40 Normal Work Days/Hours M-F Job Open Date 03/22/2021 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Accounting/ Management/ Professional Is this a restricted position? No Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? No Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/104467 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please describe any experience you have with the administration of research grants and contracts.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please describe how you have used problem solving and time management skills to manage competing priorities and deadlines in your current or past positions.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe any experience you have with the submission of research grant proposals.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume


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