Research Finance Operations Manager

California, United States
27 May 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Grade: J
FTE: 100%

The Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Research Finance Operations Manager (AOM1) to provide strategic direction for the administrative and research related functions for the Division of Human Gene Therapy and Division of Systems Medicine. 

The Research Finance Operations Manager has a challenging and rewarding job working with an exceptional group of faculty and staff in a dynamic and friendly work environment. The Research Finance Operations Manager oversees and manages financial and administrative affairs for the two Divisions and ensures that University, School, LPCH, and department business standards and objectives are met. Assist and advise the Division Chiefs. Ensures compliance in all functional areas (i.e., Finance, Human Resources, Research Administration, Facilities, Health & Safety, Education & Student Affairs, and Faculty Affairs) with applicable School, University, Federal, State, Local, agency, and Hospital/Clinic policies, procedures, laws, etc. Responsible for achieving the goals of both the Department and the Divisions through effective long-range planning, program development and administration; policy formulation; financial management; supervision of administrative staff; human resources management including health and safety compliance; and space and facilities management. The duties of this position are typically split between 80% research administration financial management and 20% strategic. Typically responsible for operating budgets of $10 M.

Duties include:

  • Manage staff in the day-to-day operations for functional area(s) of responsibility. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees. Ensure work completion within schedule and constraints.
  • May independently or in collaboration with human resources managers, guide faculty supervisors in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures and programs. 
  • Evaluate business processes and operational and/or financial effectiveness. Analyze and resolve complex issues and provide alternative solutions as necessary. May lead process improvement for immediate unit.
  • Analyze unit needs and make recommendations to leadership for changes in staffing, facilities, health and safety compliance, finance, technology and/or administrative functions. Work with the Chair and/or Dean’s Office regarding resources to support faculty activities and interests.
  • Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with university academic and administrative policies and procedures within an operating unit. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures. 
  • Manage the finances across all sources for the annual budget, including developing, monitoring, analyzing, forecasting and reporting. 
  • Manage and coordinate grants and contracts for the department. Ensure compliance with institutional and external requirements.
  • Represent the unit’s business and academic operations within the organization/school. 
  • Manage student and faculty program administration for their unit.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Three or more years of experience in an academic environment, specifically with funds management and enterprise systems
  • Comfortable with basic science and medical terminology


Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Demonstrated supervisory skills including conflict resolution.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Working knowledge of accounting, budget planning and financial forecasting.
  • Working knowledge of grants and contract administration
  • Strong negotiation and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
  • Strong knowledge in industry standards and/or regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.
  • Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.
  • Able to keep abreast of general industry knowledge and trends




  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Frequently sitting. 
  • Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat. 

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Occasional evening and weekend hours.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4131
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
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