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Director, Research Administration

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 24, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Director of Research Administration is responsible for developing and maintaining the research infrastructure for the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) supporting, at the school-level, the research-related activities of faculty and student investigators. The Director also develops and implements special programs/initiatives intended to enhance the research enterprise at the school. Finally, the Director also serves as the school’s senior staff liaison to the Drexel University Office of Research, Research Accounting Services, IRB, OGC and other central administrative units.

The DSPH is a research-intensive school, with one of the highest research revenues per faculty ratios in the University. The school has experienced tremendous growth in research activity over the last five years, which is expected to continue. The DSPH is comprised of four academic departments and one school-based center, all of which have designated business managers/grant administrators who handle the day-to-day research and business operations for their unit. The School Office for Research is comprised of the Associate Dean for Research, the Director of Research Administration, and a part-time Outreach Manager.

Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research, the Director develops and implements policies and procedures, disseminates information, and provides expert consultation to ensure that research administration processes in the school run smoothly, and that all staff involved in research support activities have the training and resources they need. Given the growth in research activity the school has experienced, the Director will also work with the Associate Dean for Research, and the rest of the school’s leadership team, to assess organization of school-based research operations. In this spirit, the Director will also be responsible for ongoing quality monitoring and improvement around research operations.

Essential Functions
  • Maintaining school level guidelines and standard procedures for research activities. Assist in the development of new policies, develop templates, and assist business managers with compliance of new policies
  • Supporting department/center business administrators/grant managers in research-related post-awards management, including contract negotiation and amendments, independent contractors, and issues involving central offices (Tax Office, OGC, ORI, Procurement, etc.) cost center establishment, and subcontracts and in developing systems for monitoring budget and reporting requirements to funders, and timely close out of awards. Liaison with ORI to work with central units (tax office, procurement, HR, etc.) to address issues and solve problems in systems/processes
  • Directly supporting large-scale grant proposals or the initial development of new types of applications, proposal submissions and providing awards management of research projects in the Dean’s Office and Office of Faculty/Academic Affairs
  • Assure compliance with University policies and School guidelines around pre-award research administration including reviewing all outgoing applications, RPPRs, and JITs for compliance with established policies and procedures including budgeting, credit split, indirect costs and tuition charges as well as general quality assurance
  • Tracking research metrics data for inclusion into strategic plan and accreditation reporting measures of progress and monitoring university, centrally based regulatory and compliance related research support functions (effort reporting, IRB, COI, etc.). Also, maintaining accuracy and insuring utility of DSPH Research Office web and intranet content and conducting analysis of, and developing reports on, DSPH sponsored project activity for dissemination (including reports on research activities for annual reports, general faculty meetings, and board of trustee reports)
  • Developing, maintaining, and disseminating communications to DSPH community, including quarterly award lists, research office monthly newsletter, funding opportunities, etc. and supporting the school’s efforts around large research symposia (including the biennial special topics summer symposium)
  • Support Associate Dean for Research, and occasionally other members of School leadership, on special, research-related initiatives
  • Representing DSPH on university-wide, research-related committees such as the University’s Privacy and Security Committee, the Research Administrators Advisory Committee (RAAC), Strategic Plan Implementation and Imperative Teams, Global Research Working Group, and ORI’s Project Management Office for InfoEd Implementation
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or training
  • Experience in sponsored research, an academic environment, or equivalent setting
  • Expertise in both pre-award and post-award aspects of sponsored research in the health sciences, including NIH, NSF, and other major funders
  • Experience in contracts and grants management, regulation and compliance, and sponsored funding tracking and forecasting
  • Excellent skills in a range of software and office-based technologies related to proposal submission and grants management, including COEUS
Physical Demands

Typically sitting at a desk/table


University City- Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of N. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised:Jun 24 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Jul 25 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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