Senior Research Administrator - Office of the Vice Provost-(17001642)
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is responsible for pre- and post-award administration of grants and contracts; protection, management, and licensing of the University's intellectual property; oversight of the use of human subjects and laboratory animals in research and teaching and the use of biohazardous agents and recombinant DNA; implementation of the University's policies on conflict of interest in research and misconduct in research and scholarship, and for working with other administrative offices to create an environment at the University that encourages and facilitates research. The OVPR assures that the services and resources provided by the units under its direction meet the needs of the research community and, in cooperation with the Vice President for Finance, satisfies the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research, and protecting the University's interests. This includes policy development, strategic planning, and oversight. The OVPR staff also work closely with the research leadership of the schools and Tufts Medical Center to promote cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources to maintain a positive working relationship between the schools and with the hospital. The OVPR maintains close working relationships with faculty and department chairs in order to keep abreast of the needs and direction of research and to foster an environment of open communication and responsiveness.
Under minimal supervision and with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment, the Senior Research Administrator in the Pre-Award Research Administration Office provides expert support to faculty and staff and facilitates application process via proposal review, approval, and submission. S/he reviews and negotiates terms and conditions of sponsored project awards and is authorized to sign agreements, grants, and contracts. The Senior Research Administrator furnishes advice, guidance and oversight of sponsored agreements to ensure compliance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures. S/he mentors department research administrators and junior staff in complex research administration issues and in proposal preparation and compliance. Duties also include proactive outreach to faculty, facilitating multidisciplinary collaborations between all three Tufts campuses, and non-financial post award services. The Senior Research Administrator works in partnership with other administrators and faculty members to advance the goals of the University and collaborates and coordinates with other offices within the OVPR, as well as with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to facilitate seamless approach to management of proposals and awards. The decisions of Senior Research Administrator has a direct impact on the University and department as terms and conditions of the awarded funding legally bind the University, affect the researchers and faculty members, and influence the University compliance.
Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in grants and contracts administration in a university, hospital, or non-profit research setting. In the absence of a Bachelor's degree, either a CRA certification or a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in business, finance or other similar area is required, including 5 years of research administration experience.
Experience in managing compliance with federal government grants and contracts and ability to interpret and apply university and sponsor policies and procedures.
Experience with proposal review and electronic proposal submissions.
Ability to analyze complex situations, identify workable solutions, and make appropriate determinations based on regulations and the particular policies, sensitivities, and needs of the Principal Investigators, departments and schools being impacted.
Effective written and verbal communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills.
Commitment to maintain a productive and supportive research environment while providing support to departments.
Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven setting.
Good judgment and decision-making skills.
Designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA).
Knowledge of award financial management.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.