Research Project Manager

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Posting NumberS04130PWorking TitleResearch Project ManagerDepartmentFranklin College Biochemistry & Molecular BioAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest, largest and most academically diverse college at the University of Georgia. In many ways, it is at the heart of UGA, the nation’s first state-chartered institution of higher education. Three of the five most popular undergraduate majors are among the nearly 40 departments and institutes that make up Franklin College. Offering 78 undergraduate majors, 35 master’s degree programs and 31 doctoral degree programs, Franklin College produces nearly 50% of the institution’s total student credit hours.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s greatest strength, and identity itself, resides in its people – the approximately 500 undergraduate majors, 70 graduate students training for their Ph.D. degrees, 20 post-doctoral fellows, 40 research and administrative staff, and 40 primary faculty members. Faculty teach and conduct research in classrooms all over campus and in research labs in Davison Life Sciences, Coverdell, and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and Center for Molecular Medicine buildings. It is here that the department realizes its aspirations in research, education and service, subscribing to the cross-fertilization of ideas that flow from the synergy of its missions. The department’s flipped classroom and problem- and case-based teaching strategies and education research programs are advancing the frontiers of student learning. Making new discoveries and enlightening students, whether in the classroom or in the research lab via undergraduate or dissertation projects, provides excitement more than anything else.

College/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with ExperiencePosting Date10/09/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date11/11/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleFiscal Affairs ManagerPay GradeFLSAExemptJob FamilyFTE1.0Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary

The research project manager is responsible for the financial and administrative management of sponsored funds. This position serves as the lead contact for post-award grant administration between the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department and UGA’s Office of Sponsored Project Administration. The position provides direction for post-awarding activities, such as monitoring grant awards for accuracy and compliance with standards and providing post-award guidance. In the post-award stage, this person closely interacts with the departmental grants coordinator (and post-award university contacts) in the financial administration of grant projects.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

• Demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage multiple competing projects in an organized, efficient manner by prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines.
• Knowledge of budgetary theory, principals and practices; knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to departmental budget and accounting practices
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment with sensitivity to identify matters that require higher-level management consultation.
• Ability to interpret policies and procedures and to propose solutions to problems.
• Substantially developed interpersonal and teamwork skills to successfully work with diverse groups in an academic environment
• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to interact with a variety of personalities at all levels, exercising tact, confidentiality, sound judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to promote positive working relationships and job effectiveness.
• Software experience and expertise in:
o MS Office Suite
o Adobe

Physical Demands

Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
Work in a confined area.
Sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?YesDoes this position require a P-Card? YesIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Sponsored Projects Post-Award Financial Management, 70%
• Provide grant support and reports to faculty in the post-award stage of research projects.
• Account management and monthly reconciliation for restricted projects.
• Meet with faculty PI’s to review account activity, and ensure proper close-out of accounts.
• Review expenditures for compliance and submit needed requests (CASB exception), review purchasing for export controls and prepare journal vouchers.
• Assist faculty with effort and assist with planning.
• Coordinate the approval process for annual and end-of-project salary certifications.
• Interface with and assist the accountant/senior accountant with travel authorities and expense statements, especially as it relates to grant projects.
• Sub-contract administration, administrative action requests, research buyouts, no-cost extensions, and ensuring that grant projects are closed out properly.
• Ensure that grant activities and expenditures are in accordance with federal, state, and university policies.
• Signs off, as approval, on Pcard.

Percentage of time70 Duties/Responsibilities


Research Management 15%
• Approval of all research expenditures
• Attend meetings with Sponsored Project Administration (SPA)
• Participate in training and continuing education opportunities

Percentage of time15 Duties/Responsibilities


Daily Operations Management, 10%
• Manage the daily operations of the department research project management group.
• Supervise, recruit, interview and recommend hiring of research project management group staff.
• Coordinate workflow amongst research project management staff and coverage for essential areas of the department.
• Communicate approved policies and procedures to faculty, graduate students, and staff; provide advice as necessary.
• Serve as backup as necessary when staff are absent or unavailable.
• Perform related work as assigned by department head or associate head.

Percentage of time10 Duties/Responsibilities


General Departmental Support, 5%
• As a member of the staff in the department, this position supports the faculty. This position either provides the requested customer service or refers it to the appropriate staff member to respond. In cases where a service is requested that falls outside of the normal duties, this position will either provide the service or consult with the business manager as to possible alternative resources
• Coordinate and provide leadership on special projects assigned by the department head and business manager.
• Perform tasks and assignments as instructed by the departmental leadership
• Collegiality, as well as professional and ethical conduct, is expected of all employees when engaging with colleagues, faculty members, students, administrators, and members of the public.

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents




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      Posted: 10/10/2019
      Application Due: 11/14/2019
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