Grant and Program Development Manager

Mar 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC), a unit in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and for National Laboratories (OVPRNL), provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to enabling research by providing access to centrally managed High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. These resources include hardware, software, high-level scientific and technical user support, and the education and training required to help researchers make full use of modern HPC technology and local and national supercomputing resources. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories (OEVPR) supports faculty and researchers in the conduct of sponsored research and research proposal development, and oversees technology transfer, research safety, research computing, and several research institutes on behalf of the University. OEVPR provides oversight for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, and represents the University's interests in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The Office is responsible for stewardship and oversight of the University's contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage Argonne through UChicago Argonne, LLC and co-manage Fermilab, through the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC. When combined with the national laboratory R&D budgets, the office supports approximately $1.5 billion in sponsored research. OEVPR works closely with faculty and researchers, departments, divisions and administrative units to support, encourage, seed, and coalesce research across the University and the affiliated laboratories.

Unit Job Summary: The Grant and Program Development Manager is a dynamic position that will support the strategic planning and development of all grant and research related programs for the RCC. This role first and foremost requires excellent writing and communication skills in order to write and edit grants and complex documents. The Grant and Program Development Manager must also leverage skills in goal-oriented planning, organizational logistics, and leadership to work effectively with diverse teams and lead project management for all RCC grants. In this capacity, the Grant and Program Development Manager will report to the Director of the Research Computing Center. In summary, this position requires someone who is dedicated to and excited about advancing the research enterprise of the University of Chicago. Program and Grant Development: - Write and edit grant proposals to funding agencies. - Support proposal development and submission for RCC grant proposals. - Edit complex documents. - Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop projects and programs. - Build relationships with faculty, program development staff, and research administrators across the university. - Work with RCC staff and faculty to identify funding opportunities and develop strong relationships with new and existing funders. - Provide superior customer service to faculty who work with the RCC. - Execute project management techniques for complex, multi-investigator grants and projects. - Develop and oversee communications for RCC's research projects and initiatives. Grants and Information Management: - Oversee administrative grants operations for the office, including both pre-award and post-award management. - Develop efficient workflow processes, tracking and reporting processes for RCC projects and activities. - Establish key metrics and use them to measure progress and results. - Develop RCC's support services for faculty grants. - Ensure compliance of university and funding agency guidelines. Writing sample (2 pages maximum) that showcases the ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely.

Unit Education: Masters degree required. Ph.D preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience working in a professional environment preferred. At least two years of experience in program planning is required. Experience in grant proposal preparation and writing also preferred. Experience in managing academic research projects preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style required. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills required. Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently in a client-service environment required. Proven ability to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information required. Editing skills required. Demonstrated administrative and coordination skills required. Ability to work effectively with a diverse population of staff, partners, faculty, and constituents required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion required. Ability to work under pressure and tight timelines required. High degree of professionalism required. Occasional evening and weekends required. Ability to travel occasionally preferred. Knowledge of federal granting agency regulations preferred. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this role. Additional duties and responsibilities assigned, as needed.

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