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Grants Manager and Program Officer of the Institute of Cannabis Research

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$55,000.00 - $74,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 8, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts
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Full Time
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The Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) is responsible for implementing cannabis research and dissemination of cannabis research results through initiatives including, but not limited to, hosting an international cannabis research conference, and the publication of its research journal, Journal of Cannabis Research. The ICRs mission is to generate new knowledge of cannabis and its derivatives through research and education that improves lives and contributes to science, medicine, and society.

Description of Job

This position involves the planning, implementation, and supervision of all ICR research- related programming as well as support of the international conference, and the institute's journal, Journal of Cannabis Research. This includes managing research funding processes [e.g. statewide Request for Applications (RFA) for cannabis research funding]. In addition, this position involves the facilitation, supervision, and fiscal control of all aspects of the ICR research statewide grant process. This position serves as the Institute’s research administrator and in an advisory support capacity for additional programming opportunities, as well as facilitating ICR relations on campus and in the broader community.

This position oversees grants and contracts where the ICR is serving as the funding agency, as well as when the ICR is the recipient of external support. This position will support budget management for the ICR.

Primary Duties
Primary point of contact for the facilitation, supervision, and fiscal control of all aspects of the ICR Statewide Grant Program (ICR serves as the funding agency) including calls for proposal, letters of intent and application receipt, scientific peer review coordination, contract management, award management and reporting. Support funded researchers by assisting in the creation of research contracts and accounts by serving as the liaison with Business and Financial Services, the Purchasing Department, and the Office of General Counsel to facilitate ICR research projects.

As the ICR’s Grants Manager and Program Officer this position will support research collaborations and inquiries from external organizations including budget development, contract development, negotiation and management, account setup, fiscal oversight and reporting. Support ICR Research Staff in process of securing external support for research. Support ICR Staff by serving as the liaison with Business and Financial Services, the Purchasing Department, and the Office of General Counsel to facilitate ICR Funded or supported research projects.

Facilitate the fiscal operations of research activities the ICR is engaged in by monitoring ICR research accounts and providing timely progress and budget reports to the ICR Director and Committees and Boards as needed.

Manage, respond to, and where appropriate, direct all inquiries to the ICR Director or other university personnel and support the Director as necessary with research compliance issues.

Provide assistance with respect to the overall efficient and effective administration of the ICR office including budgets, policies, procedures, and technology.

Develop and coordinate the requests and needs of the ICR Governing Board. Support the ICR Director and ICR Governing Board Chair as needed for meeting facilitation and actionable items as well as ad hoc requests by the Board.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Evidence of the ability to manage multiple projects to a timely conclusion in a fast paced environment with competing time demands
  • Evidence of the ability to develop effective working relationships with colleagues, superiors, subordinates, the general public
  • Evidence of excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Evidence of knowledge of all aspects of Microsoft Office products, including Excel spreadsheets, Word, PowerPoint, graphing, and charting
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage highly technical and complex processes and technology
  • Three years of research administration and compliance experience
  • Experience with grant monitoring, accounting, auditing and reporting
  • Experience planning or coordinating public relations efforts
  • Experience managing and monitoring a program budget and the ability to serve as a Fiscal Officer on program accounts
  • Experience in a position that required working with and maintaining highly confidential information

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research related graduate or terminal degree
  • Certified Research Administrator
  • Demonstrated abilities with advanced desktop publishing software such as InDesign
  • The ability to understand and interpret research data across several disciplines to ensure data novelty and research integrity, along with training (previous or within the first two years of appointment) to effectively serve in this position
  • Familiarity with software tools to analyze and confirm the absence of plagiarism or falsification of data
  • Experience preparing presentations and publications
  • Evidence of management experience in the areas of academic, professional, research and educational programs
  • Experience interpreting and applying policies from multiple levels of authority (federal, state, and institutional)
  • Experience working with the Kuali financial management system
  • Experience submitting National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), or other scientific or educational grants
  • Experience with community outreach and coordination of advisory boards
  • Experience with, FastLane, DOEd grants, sub- awards and federal compliance (IRB, IACUC, RCR, etc.)

Condition of Employment 
Evidence of your being fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or applicable exemption, is required as a condition of employment with CSU Pueblo. Employment is contingent upon your submission of records showing full vaccination for COVID-19, or receiving the first dose of a two-dose vaccine—or a single dose vaccine—before your hire date and submitting evidence of a second dose (as necessary, based on vaccination type) within 30 calendar days of your hire date, or completion of an exemption before your hire date.
Information about medical and non-medical exemptions is available at Those employees who qualify for an exemption may be required to follow additional public health requirements or precautions, such as isolation, quarantine, testing, or other measures, particularly if there is a COVID-19 outbreak, in accordance with the direction and guidance of public health officials and University and CSU System policy.                


Supplemental Information

All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 

  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. an unofficial transcript; and
  4. three professional references with current contact information either as an attachment or within the on-line application.

Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students. CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small professor-to-student ratio for an ever-changing global economy. Students can choose from 28 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies and 10 graduate programs.

CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution. Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly-growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students. The University also seeks to provide a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect. The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society--local and global--and builds our sense of citizenship.

Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report. CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.

At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience. Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical Insurance and Prescription Drugs 
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Vision Insurance 
  • Flexible Benefit Plan 
  • Basic Term Life Insurance 
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) 
  • Travel Accident Insurance 
  • Voluntary Critical Illness and Accident Insurance 
  • Wellness Incentive Program
  • Annual & Sick Leave 
  • Retirement Plans
  • About Pueblo, Colorado 
    The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west. The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.

    CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.

    The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.

    Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.

    It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Human Resources at (719) 549-2441 or

    In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at: 

    Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices. 


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