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Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA)

Job description

Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA)

Location: Midtown

Org Unit: Sponsored Research Administration

Work Days: Monday-Friday

Exemption Status: Exempt


Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director, the incumbent’s primary responsibility is to manage the day­-to­-day operations of the Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA). Additionally, s/he will work with the Research Operations Directors and Chief Administrative Officer of Research on managing other critical inter-campus relationships. Must be very knowledgeable in the life cycle of a broad scope of sponsored program (grants and contracts) from proposal review to post award transactions. S/he will ensure proposed terms and conditions are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations and do not conflict with existing commitments or institutional policies.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership, guidance & management on day-to-day operations. Responsible for qualitative & quantitative oversite of grants, contracts, subawards, industry agreements, account creation, post award transactions, reporting & SOP management.
  • Ensures compliance with IRB, IACUC, FDA, internal & external compliance bodies & granting agencies. Maintains expertise in federal/state/private agency regulations & policies, OMB circulars, Uniform Guidance & new legislation impacting research.
  • Provides staff with expertise on international complexities of sponsored programs, including WCM-Qatar, to ensure compliance with U.S. export control regulations administered by EAR, ITAR and OFAC.
  • With oversight, responsible for WRG­Sponsored Programs (InfoEd) module on-going development, implementation and maintenance, working with RAC-ITS and vendor, as well as with OSRA staff, and research community faculty and staff.
  • Works with Directors and Managers to identify key performance metrics for reporting & staff performance management. Ensures high quality reporting in alignment with institutional needs. Integrates performance metrics into performance reviews.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings. Addresses staff conflict & performance issues. Assists Directors with resourcing e.g. space & staffing needs analysis & optimal seating charts. Provides guidance to managers on best practices of direct report management.
  • Ensures website and all other forms of communication, are current, uniform and correctly utilize WCM branding. Builds-out website content.
  • Has signatory authority as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as directed.



  • Bachelor's Degree



  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Additional years of experience in the sponsored research, higher education arena may substitute for the master’s degree requirement providing that the applicant has a bachelor's degree.
  • Four plus years of related experience in higher education.
  • Candidates must be proficient in working with the implementation and maintenance of a complex electronic research administration system, and have a broad range of technical skills.
  • Experience in management, contingency planning, improving efficiencies and metrics, contributing to achievement of institutional objectives and growth highly desired.
  • Experience in a health care setting a plus.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to manage critical inter-campus relationships.


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Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer.




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Posted: 4/12/2018
Application Due: 6/11/2018
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