General purpose: The Director of Research provides leadership in promoting, securing, and administering external and internal funding to support research and sponsored project activities at MICA.
Position summary: The Director of Research provides a broad range of process expertise and support to faculty, students, and staff engaged in research and sponsored project activity. The position is responsible to lead the development of appropriate policies and protocols for research administration to ensure compliance in accordance with all applicable federal, state, local and college requirements and to advance the unique contribution of artists and designers to research projects with partners. In addition, the consultant will train key support staff and faculty as needed.
Primary position responsibilities: Leadership & Policy Generation • Works with appropriate College offices to develop internal guidelines and processes that can facilitate a rich, effective and compliant research environment within the College. • Works with campus partners (Strategic Initiatives and Advancement) to advance sponsored project activities on campus. • Formulates, evaluates and implements policies and procedures to assure research administration compliance and in accordance federal and/or other granting agencies regulations. • Advises leadership on development, infrastructure needs, communication, training and implementation of research administration policies and procedures. • Acts as the primary point of contact for faculty and staff in the area of external funding (federal, state, and foundations). • Stays current on compliance regulations in all areas of research administration, including Uniform Guidance and Revised Common Rule.
Pre-Award & Strategic Proposal Development • Guides the proposal development process by facilitating meetings with faculty and staff to implement programs that address institutional needs. Obtains appropriate and required approvals from College leadership, builds consensus for projects, and communicates with partners. As needed, serves as a liaison between Office of Research, the principal investigator and funding agencies. • Designs and provides workshops and training opportunities to increase faculty engagement and success in seeking grant opportunities. • Coordinates the submission of complex grant proposals. • Prepares and assists in the development of budgets and budget justifications for grant proposals, streamlines processes and adds value to proposals. • Oversees the tracking of proposals and other research documentation through the signature and approval process to ensure deadlines are met.
Post-Award Oversight • Drafts and negotiates contract agreements with various agencies including state and federal governments, as well as private organizations, to execute agreements satisfactory to all parties. • Oversees monitoring of project expenditures, troubleshoot problems, and make non-routine decisions to ensure compliance with rules, regulation and policies in cooperation with the college’s Office of Finance. • Oversees the monitoring of post-award activity and assistance to principal investigators with administering grant funded projects to ensure project goals and objectives are met in accordance with project timelines. • Oversees the management of the day-to-day research administration operations of the Office of Research, including complex review and approval process, and associated data collection and reporting, for all externally funded faculty grant and contract proposals. • Prepares cost-sharing proposals and verifies allowability in accordance with policies. • Set procedures for review & approval of closeout reports, publications and/or project outcomes
Reporting • Assists Finance with fiscal year annual operating budgets: including the preparation of F&A projections and analysis of budget patterns and projections for sponsored projects. • Facilitates fiscal and narrative reporting for sponsored projects. • Work with faculty to support internal funding opportunities, revising as needed to meet college priorities in consultation with appropriate college offices.
Intellectual Property, IRB, and Research Integrity • Oversight of Intellectual Property policy and agreement • Develops policies and protocols to ensure research integrity at the College, maintaining certifications and assurances with state and federal agencies. Serves as the research integrity officer for the college. • Advises the Institutional Review Board and the administration of its activities in cooperation with the college’s IRB chair.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements. • Knowledge of program administration guidelines of Federal and non-federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in an university or college environment. • Knowledge of state and federal regulations governing sponsored programs and major funding agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Health & Human Services; National Science Foundation; US Department of Education, US Department of Labor; Maryland State Department of Commerce, Department of Education & Higher Education Commission, etc. • Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with faculty, staff, administrators, governmental agencies, sponsored programs personnel at other institutions, and the public. • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects simultaneously and exercise sound independent judgement. • Critical reading, listening, and clarifying skills paired with excellent writing, editing, an analytical skills. • Ability to review requests for proposals, requests for quotations, or requests for applications in order to determine programmatic, financial, and contractual elements.
Preferred qualifications: • Master’s degree in Research Administration or a Certificate of Research Administration • Demonstrated experience for a number of years in an office supporting sponsored programs within a college or university. • Documented success in providing oversight and hands-on involvement in all aspects of the grant life cycle including writing grant proposals, post award implementation, fiscal management and reporting, and growing a funding portfolio. • A number of years in a leadership role for an organization managing professional staff. • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects simultaneously and exercise independent judgement. • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to anticipate needs and issues. • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, with multiple priorities, with an attention to accuracy, detail, and deadlines. • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. • An arts or humanities background. Reporting to this position: Manager of the Office of Research and Assistant to the Office of Research
Conditions of employment: • Candidate must successfully complete a full background check • Some evening and weekend work required
Physical demands and work environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. • Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. • Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment.
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Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.