Director, ERA and Research Analytics

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Position Information

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Home Org Name
VP for Research

Division Name
VP for Research and Economic Dev

Position Title
Director, ERA and Research Analytics

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Part-time FTE

Limited Term

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Job Summary

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research at Auburn University seeks candidates for a Director of ERA and Research Analytics. This individual will support, configure, enhance and maintain the University’s campus-wide Cloud-based software solution for sponsored programs and research compliance. The Director will direct operations of the ERA unit within the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, managing ERA business processes, providing metrics and research analytics for use by the SVPR and other institutional leaders, and supporting the ERA needs of other offices within the research enterprise.

Why Should YOU Choose Auburn University?
  • Auburn University was named a “Best in Alabama” employer by Forbes! Our employee longevity speaks for itself, with employees staying an average of ten years.
  • Competitive state benefits including retirement plan vesting at 10 years of service, generous leave accrual, and parental leave opportunity.
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Essential Functions
  • Responsible for recommending and implementing new administrative concepts, systems, technologies, and programs designed to benefit the sponsored projects administration and compliance activities of the University, with specific emphasis on campus-wide Electronic Research Administration systems. Develops process efficiencies amongst the SVPRED units.
  • Reviews, analyzes, evaluates and recommends enhancements to meet strategic goals; compiles data pertaining to the effectiveness and efficiencies of internal processes.
  • Assures quality and validity of data, manages system users, develops training documentation and provides user support and training.
  • Provides data analysis and reporting as requested including the annual HERD Survey and GSS reports submitted to the National Sciences Foundation. Develops and produces high level/complex reports utilizing multiple systems and software; provides recommendations to improve reporting requests and processes and trains staff on effective metrics and analytics reporting.
  • Related to the implementation and ongoing management of the ERA system, leads in the analysis of business user needs, documentation of requirements, and translation into proper system requirement specifications. Responsible for requirements planning and feasibility determination.
  • Responsible for project capacities including, but not limited to, requirements, functional design, functional configuration, interfacing with Quality Assurance to complete testing, and documentation. Reviews documentation created by Business Analysts and Associate Business Analysts.
  • Works with outside vendors, senior college and OIT leadership, governance committees, research personnel, faculty, campus IT staff, and others across campus serving as the data subject matter expert to ensure smooth transactions, deployment and operational processes.
  • Administers the operations of the ERA unit and supervises the data quality staff in the unit.
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in no specific discipline
  • 8 years of experience in research administration or compliance.
Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of data analytics, database development, implementation, training and report generation. Good communication skills for teaching in small groups or counseling users through virtual meetings or in person is a desired quality.
  • Experience with computer software configurations and a robust understanding of the use of computing technology and software as well as competence in the use of MS Excel is preferred.
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Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications
  • Masters Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Research Admin, Higher Ed Admin or Graduate certificate in MIS is preferred with 5 years experience.
  • CRA (Research Administrators Certification Council) is preferred.
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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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  1. * Please select how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.
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  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University:
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  3. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution?
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    • Will obtain within 6 months
  4. * Do you have 8 years of experience in research administration or compliance?
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