• Director of Research Administration Services (Pediatrics)

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    School Of Medicine
    SOM: Pediatrics RAS
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Research & Research Administration
  • Description

    Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research Administration Services (RAS) and fiscal leaders of schools, departments, or divisions served, manages, leads, and supervises staff performing pre- and post-award activities for the sponsored research portfolio for an assigned school, department, or division.

    • Oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of all team members, including the assignment of goals and tasks, and the successful completion of the same.
    • Works closely with Emory University's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements to which grants and contracts are subject to and to confirm that all pre-award activities are handled accordingly.
    • Interacts collaboratively with administrators within Emory University's Finance: Grants and Contracts (FGC) to ensure all post-award activities are processed appropriately.
    • Works actively to resolve conflicts between Principal Investigators (PIs) and team members promptly and satisfactorily.
    • Provides consistent and standardized reports to leadership and stakeholders on a regular basis and ad hoc reports, as needed.

    Performs other relevant duties as required or assigned.


    The ideal candidate will:

    • Serve as an involved, accessible, and compassionate team leader driven by a commitment to shared accountability 
    • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated dedication to open dialog with all stakeholders
    • Demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical skills, specifically s/he will have the ability to analyze/interpret data and make recommendations
    • Be committed to faculty/PI service
    • Be committed to actively collaborating and engaging with Departmental leadership to ensure proactive communication on faculty extramural funding vulnerability or other faculty issues, and RAS staffing concerns
    • Have a strong aptitude for and a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with faculty, staff, partners, and other stakeholders
    • Possess strong interpersonal and leadership skills including experience negotiated resolutions, implementing innovative solutions
    • Be a proactive advocate and fearless leader guided by the mission
    • Utilize time management skills and be a creative problem solver
    • Understand and deploy conflict resolution skills
    • Be collaborative and foster a spirit of collegiality in the team
    • Interact collaboratively with diverse and multiple stakeholders to ensure all pre- and post-award activities are processed appropriately
    • Possess strong problem-solving skills

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree and seven years of experience in grants and contracts management, or related field. Master's degree is strongly preferred. Previous supervisory and management experience is required. A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.

    Additional Details

    • A master’s degree (strongly preferred)
    • Clinical trials experience (strongly preferred)
    • At least seven years’ experience managing a team of direct reports with a proven track record of fostering teamwork, showing appreciation of diversity as well as creating cohesiveness, supportiveness, and working effectively together to enable fellow team members and the department research faculty to succeed
    • NIH and other agencies pre-award proposal submission and post-award management duties
    • Microsoft Office, PeopleSoft, and Cayuse experience
    • Experience at a large research institution where the volume and complexity of the proposal and award portfolio is similar to Emory


    The above statements are intended to describe the work being performed by people assigned to this job.


    They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the personnel so classified.



    Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.



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