Lifecycle Grants & Contracts Program Manager

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
College of Nursing, Office of Research and Scholarship
Job Title Lifecycle Grants & Contracts Program Manager
Position #640852 – Requisition #19458

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College of Nursing, Office of Research and Scholarship  has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Lifecycle Grants & Contracts Program Manager position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient’s bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002. 

Career Family
Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support of research activities.  Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Program Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operation of a program, function or work unit, including the Development and implementation of processes consistent with college, school or departmental strategies and processes.  These positions typically do not supervise others.

Position Emphasis:
The College of Nursing, Office of Research and Scholarship has a full-time opening for a Research Services Program Manager/Lifecycle Grants & Contracts Program Manager.  This position will manage pre-award and post-award processes of the extramural and intramural research programs within the College of Nursing (CON).  This position will also provide support to the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship related to project and operations management for the continued strategic development of CU Nursing Research.  

The position is expected to work collaboratively with the team from the Office of Research and Extramural Affairs (OREA) and provide support in pre-award and post-award budgeting, planning, and project activities to support the research mission of the College of Nursing. The position will manage the development of research grants and contracts and is responsible for the utilization of knowledge regarding all pertinent policies associated with submission of proposals, grants and contracts, i.e., UC System – wide, UCDenver, CON, NIH and policies of other relevant agencies to ensure compliance.   This position will also support post-award budgeting, progress reports, project close-outs, and other project activities both directly and also via supervision of the Post-Award Grants & Contracts Sr. Professional. This position will assist Principal Investigators (PIs) and Area Administrators with the coordination/administration of research grants, contract, and procurement policies.

This individual will provide guidance to the College of Nursing Faculty involved in research related to pre-award and post-award processes within the college and the university.  The individual will also liaise with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC), the CU Nursing Budget and Finance team, and appropriate individuals in the Graduate School, School of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, University Hospital, clinical affiliates as well as funding agencies on pre-award processes.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority in collaboration with human resources.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Manage all aspects of the pre-award grants and contracts process within ORS, including but not limited to: ensuring proper approvals are obtained, all proposals are complete administratively and scientifically, communicate with sponsoring agencies as needed, communicate with OGC as needed, review and interpret sponsor submission retirements to ensure compliance with appropriate policies and procedures, support faculty all submission processes, review and propose edits for sections of grant proposals, create draft budgets; write budget justifications and supporting documentation for grant applications as needed, and serve a liaison to outside funding agencies on behalf of faculty.
  • Manage the post-award grant and contract process both directly and via supervision of the ORS Post-Award Sr. Professional.
  • Provide guidance in the negotiation of grants, sub-awards and contracts; administer subsequent awards, amendments and so on when necessary.
  • Provide suggestions for improving efficiencies, etc. related to the grant and contract production in the College of Nursing.
  • Manage operational needs with the CU Nursing Office of Research and Scholarship including serving as a liaison with CU Nursing College Administrative teams, including HR, Finance, Marketing, IT, etc.
  • Manage an accurate, current, useful database incorporating all intramural and extramural research activities of faculty and others within the College of Nursing
  • Manage the CU Nursing grant archives; recommend revisions and changes as needed to ORS archive policies.
  • Manage ongoing support, monitoring, and maintenance of the ORS database for the initiation and production of complete monthly budget, grant and program activity reports, and develop special reports as needed.
  • Ensure the Database is updated regularly with submission timeline data, protocol information, key personnel, interdisciplinary information and relevant budgetary data reflected in proposal submissions, final Notice of Grant Awards and other relevant post-award data.
  • Perform work and special projects as assigned by the Associate Dean of Research & Scholarship.
Salary and Benefits:

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, social/behavioral/health sciences, physical sciences, healthcare administration, finance, accounting, business administration, or a closely related field from an accredited institution
    • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.
  • The position requires extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience, including direct responsibility for research development, research management and/or research administration (pre-award and post-award) of grants and contracts and/or research projects at a professional level.   
    • Current Staff Member of the University of Colorado System.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a professional setting related to grants and contracts and/or research projects, such as non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and/or academic medical campuses.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance the Office of Research and Scholarship in the CU College of Nursing
  • Ability to work with shifting priorities and deadline pressures
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite Products (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Publisher). 
  • Knowledge of the regulatory issues associated with the construction and submission of federal and private foundation grants (e.g. HIPAA and human subjects’ protection, Office of Grants and Contracts, and university policies and procedures).
  • Knowledge of the research grant application and funded-grant processes, which includes knowledge of mechanisms and requirements of various research grant application processes.
  • Ability to identify collect and present data; analyze complex information and develop recommendations for organizational management of program and/or project implementation.
  • Self-directed, energetic, and able to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Attentiveness to detail and data collection processes.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in challenging or difficult situations

Job Category: Research Services
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Oct 27, 2020
Unposting Date: Nov 1, 2020, 11:59:00 PM




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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 11/3/2020
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