Director of Research

Connecticut, United States
03 Jun 2020
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03 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research, the Director has active oversight of all externally sponsored proposals at Yale School of Nursing (YSN) assuring all are prepared, budgeted, negotiated, and executed properly and in an expedited manner. The Director provides comprehensive pre-award grants management support to faculty, administrators, staff and students at the School.  Leads staff devoted to the pre-award function for YSN who prepare and submit approximately 100 proposals annually. Facilitate complex negotiations and assure exceptional customer service, efficient processing and negotiation of both domestic and international research agreements. In addition, the Director will review and approve as appropriate, At-Risk, sub-awards, prior approval, and No Cost Extension requests.

The Director serves as the primary source of expertise to ensure regulatory compliance requirements are met. The Director is also responsible for maintaining productive and collaborative relationships with the directors of various administrative and compliance offices such the Office of Sponsored Programs, Offices of Conflict of Interest, Human Research Protections Program. The Director of Research will work closely with the Associate Dean of Research to develop a visionary research enterprise for the school and will be responsible for the implementation of that vision.

Essential Duties

  1. Directs, monitors, and assesses needs and directs the application of resources of an administrative University office dealing with one or more major functional areas.
  2. Directs and implements solutions to problems that are routine to complex in nature and that affect multiple functional areas of responsibility.
  3. Plans and/or participates in planning University activities on a long-term basis to comply with University goals and objectives.
  4. Establishes and implements consistent university-wide policies in multiple functional areas of responsibility.
  5. Ensures that University office policies and procedures are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  6. Develops and monitors goals and objectives for managerial and professional staff in compliance with University strategies.
  7. Directs a staff of exempt and non-exempt employees.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field. Eight years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated knowledge of the grant and contract pre-award process; the federal regulations and guidelines pertaining to grant and contract administration.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to apply strong leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to provide excellent customer service focus and quality with efficient turnaround times. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated and proven ability to interpret institutional policies, mandates, and requirements for grant development and submissions, and provide guidance to faculty and staff. Ability to work well under deadline pressures and have exceptional attention to detail. Ability to handle a complex portfolio of work in an intensive multi-tasking, entrepreneurial environment.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proven ability to work collaboratively with all levels across the University and partner together to improve internal support models related to processing and support for grant and contracts preparation.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated working knowledge of PC-based tools including the Microsoft Office Suite specifically Excel, database administration, and other related software. Experience with electronic proposal systems.

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