Position Type: Permanent Staff
Department: Office of Sponsored Research - 621100
Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty
Vacancy ID: NF0002365
Position Summary: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking candidates to lead a dynamic and collegial leadership team in the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR)The Office for Sponsored Research (OSR) supports and advances the University's mission by providing leadership and expertise in research administration and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. The primary function of OSR is to facilitate UNC's responsible, efficient, and compliant stewardship of all aspects of sponsored research administration including proposal review, award negotiation and financial reporting. OSR serves as the official institutional signatory for the Chancellor and is responsible for reviewing and authorizing proposal submissions and negotiating and administering awards on behalf of the University for more than $800 million in sponsored awards each year. UNC's annual externally sponsored research has doubled in the last decade, with the top two funding sources being NIH and NSF. Reporting to the Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, this position is responsible for management and leadership of the Office for Sponsored Research (OSR), identifying trends, growing and broadening the portfolio, and playing a leading role in setting the strategic direction for the University. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operation of the function and in the administration of sponsored programs from proposal review and submission through award close-out. The ED manages an operating budget of approximately $10M, and is responsible for 116 staff through four direct reports. Research endeavors span a broad array of disciplines, and UNC continues to commit significant resources to building both the scale and quality of its research enterprise. UNC represents a highly collaborative and international research environment. It is routine for researchers from multiple University schools, departments, and units to collaborate on research grants, contracts, and studies, and the University also partners with a large and diverse group of outside organizations around the world. This approach reflects the University's emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship between and among the health, natural and social sciences, as well as the liberal arts and the humanities.
Education Requirements: A Master's degree in Finance/Accounting, Public Administration, Public Health, Research Administration or other business related field; and a preferred minimum of ten years of progressive experience in grants and contracts administration within a university, government, medical, or other research enterprise is strongly preferred. A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and a preferred minimum of 15 years of increasingly responsible related experience may be substituted for the Master's degree. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Qualification and Experience: Experience working with large, enterprise-wide financial and reporting systems. Experience working directly with electronic research administration systems (such as RAMSeS, Cayuse) and federal government portals/systems (such as eRA Commons, Grants.gov, Research.gov, NSF Fastlane, etc.) is essential, as is an in-depth understanding of the laws and regulations that impact the sponsored projects environment. Experience working in a financial compliance/audit environment at an institutional/enterprise level. Experience in educating, communicating with, and supporting faculty researchers and staff in an academic environment. Experience in a leadership, policy development, and oversight role at an institutional level. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment. -Must exhibit exceptional leadership qualities including strong organizational skills, performance management and mentoring of direct and indirect reports, and problem solving skills. -Outstanding verbal and written communication skills required at all levels under both stressful and routine circumstances. -Strong collaborate style and skills and a team orientation are essential to success in this position. Experience driving consistency of operation/administration in a highly interdisciplinary environment. -The Director must possess knowledge of university research policies, federal and non-federal policies, regulations, and processes, and he or she should actively build new and develop existing relationships with sponsors and federal agency officials related to contracting and post-award issues. -Must demonstrate solid knowledge of strategies needed to link business requirements to data and management systems configurations and applications. Commitment to improvement in processes, systems, resources, and technology. -Must have strong analytical skills and demonstrated proficiency in the operations management aspects of research administration. -Must demonstrate ability to identify and effectively respond to staff and client training needs.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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