Senior Managing Research Administrator ,Sponsored Programs

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States
30 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
28 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Senior Managing Research Administration (SMRA) is responsible for supporting school faculty and staff throughout the life-cycle of a funded project, including guidance with proposal preparation, proposal review and submission, award review and negotiation, post award non-financial management and close-out of the project. The SMRA plays a unique role within the life cycle team and will serve as the first point of contact for the Research Administrators and Award Analysts on the life cycle team (over time, Award Analysts will report to the SMRA). The SMRA will have a small portfolio, but will be the primary person responsible for award and contract negotiation for the teams portfolio of departments and schools. The SMRA will play an important role in system enhancements and in ensuring team cohesiveness around system usage. The SMRA may periodically work across the three life cycle teams. The SMRA will bring a broad and deep understanding of sponsors, funding instruments, federal contracting regulations, university policies and research administration trends. The SMRA will support communication within the team and across the organization. In addition to these responsibilities, the SMRA may serve as a resource for faculty members or staff who needs additional assistance or training during the project lifecycle. The SMRA will be engaged in a variety of initiatives ranging from systems implementation, policy and process development and operational optimization. The SMRA plays a strong role in efforts to improve and simplify research administration including serving on university committees, attending and presenting at internal forums and staying abreast of developments in the research administration arena. The SMRA will be a member of a team that is dedicated to service excellence, quality, accountability, standards and embraces continuous improvement.

The SMRA reports to an Associate Director.

Required Skills

  • BA/BS and 6-8 years of progressively responsible experience within the field of research administration/sponsored programs administration.
  • Experience with and knowledge of major federal/non-federal sponsors; federal circulars, Uniform Guidance, FAR, DFAR and typical administrative terms and conditions
  • Contracting experience in the sponsored projects arena
  • Experience with electronic grants administration systems such as, eRA commons, Fastlane and similar systems
  • Must be self-directed, possess good judgment and problem solving skills and be comfortable in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Must be able to effectively and supportively mentor members of the tea
  • Demonstrated customer service and continuous improvement experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Adaptability, strong utilization of information systems. Strong Microsoft Office skills. Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in business/public administration, finance or la
  • Experience with Lean process principles
  • Knowledge of Kuali Research system
  • CRA designation a plus

Boston University an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.