Navigator (RAS)

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Medicine
SOM: Basic Science RAS
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Research & Research Administration
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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  • Provides each Research Administration Services (RAS) unit with a dedicated staff member to provide guidance, quality control, and communication.
  • Serves as a faculty advocate, RAS ambassador, and problem-solver with dual reporting to the RAS AVP and the local RAS Director.
  • Collaborates with RAS administrators to identify problems and facilitate a timely resolution.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with PIs, focusing on both the RAS contact and interactions throughout the research administration supply chain.
  • Provides support to faculty to access and understand research administration systems and procedures (research administration onboarding).
  • Leads and facilitates or assists in the resolution of PI problems or concerns.
  • Serves as the key point of contact/navigator for multi-PI awards across RAS units.
  • Coordinates communication for cross-cutting/collaborative proposals and/or awards.
  • Proactively presents proposals for system/service improvements to RAS leadership, including the RAS process improvement Board (RAS Analyze Plan Implement Disseminate or RAPID).
  • Serves as a liaison to ORA Dragon Team (devoted to continuously identifying, investigating, and prioritizing challenges related to research operations at Emory), as appropriate.
  • Communicates regularly with RAS leaders and staff to ensure faculty needs and expectations are consistently met or exceeded.
  • Communicates challenges, issues, and/or delays throughout the ORA supply chain.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's degree and five years of business management, research administration, or related experience OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to resolve complex problems. Excellent oral and communication skills.
  • Superior problem-solving and collaboration skills.
  • Microsoft Office, PeopleSoft, and Cayuse experience preferred.


  • Experience with NIH and other agencies' pre-award proposal submission and post-award management duties.
  • A strong aptitude for and a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with faculty, staff, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills; specifically, the ability to analyze/interpret data and make recommendations.
  • Demonstrated process improvement and project management experience.
  • Direct experience in one or more areas of research administration.
  • Experience implementing business process improvements using Lean, Six Sigma, or Kaizen.

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