Sponsored Programs Cooperative Team Leader (Administrative Program Mgr 1) Multiple Positions

Job description

Search #: 494656
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Administrative Services


The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is actively recruiting senior/advanced-level, sponsored research/grants and contracts professionals with supervisory experience to support expanding research activities at the University of Connecticut (UConn, University) for the role of Cooperative Team Leader (“Co-Team Leader”). The OVPR is responsible for overseeing the $286 million annual research enterprise across all UConn campuses, including UConn Health, and manages all aspects of research and scholarship activities for UConn’s world-class faculty.

Working cooperatively with and under the general direction of a Sponsored Program Services Team Leader, the Co-Team Leader will be responsible for coordinating a team-managed activity and/or supervising a designated team responsible for the management of a prescribed portfolio of sponsored project activity, with a specialization in either pre-award or post-award services.

The Co-Team Leader will provide day-to-day guidance and supervision to an assigned SPS team, and will have accountability for the quality of unit work, development of standards, prioritization of assignments, and the evaluation of unit output. The Co-Team Leader will be required to participate in the provision of unit services in an effort to maintain efficiency, but the primary function of the position rests in the supervision of team members and the services provided. The Co-Team Leader will interact with constituents utilizing excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, be collegial and respond in a professional and timely manner, serving as an expert resource to departmental research administrators, faculty, and others in such areas as interpreting policies, regulations and statutes, analyzing needs and resolving complex, rare, and unusual problems as they arise.

The role of the Co-Team Leader is differentiated from the role of the Sponsored Programs Team Leader as prescribed by reporting structure, and assigned scope of activities, staffing and portfolio. We are seeking to fill multiple positions in pre-award and post-award grant management, in both the centralized and dedicated faculty services areas. Central Services (1 position pre-award; 1 position post-award) is responsible for authoritative operational processing and oversight of sponsored research, grants and contracts. Faculty Services (1 position, pre-award) skillfully performs pre-award or post-award activities for a dedicated portfolio of researchers/departments.

The ideal candidates for these positions will be energetic, self-starters, with senior/advanced-level and supervisory experience in the areas of pre-award or post-award sponsored research administration, who can work effectively independently and as a member of an operational team. Preferred candidates will have experience in a university or comparable organizational setting. The detailed job descriptions for these positions can be found on the OVPR Careers website.


  1. Bachelor's degree in related field and three years of experience in sponsored research administration, in a fast-paced, high volume organization.
  2. Extensive knowledge of federal regulations, sponsor guidelines, and the Federal Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance (2C.F.R. Part 200), as they relate to sponsored program activity.
  3. Excellent organizational and time-management skills, and follow-through.
  4. Ability to work effectively within tight timelines and deadline pressure.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team and between teams, as well as constituents external to the centralized research administration office.
  6. Evidence of leadership, with a demonstrated commitment to mentoring, coaching, and developing others.
  7. Considerable critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  8. Excellent computer skills, including spreadsheets and databases.
  9. Ability to develop and deliver technical training.


  1. Experience working in a centralized financial support services unit of a large, complex organization.
  2. Experience working in higher education research administration.
  3. Supervisory experience and ability to plan, direct and evaluate the work of others.
  4. Reputation for proactively identifying problems and resolving conflicts, or independently facilitating satisfactory resolutions, requiring tact, skill and diplomacy.
  5. Knowledge of accounting standards and principles.
  6. Proficient knowledge of Kuali Financial Systems or similar.
  7. Experience using InfoEd or similar.


This is a 35-hour per week, full-time, 12-month permanent position, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut (outlined here: https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-beyond-pay/). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, employees are currently telecommuting until further notice. Upon approval to return to campus, employees are anticipated to be primarily based on the UConn main campus in Storrs.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #494656 to upload a resume, cover letter demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Inquiries may be addressed to Laurie Pudlo, Administrative Manager, at [email protected].

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on November 25, 2020.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Nov 11 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Nov 25 2020 Eastern Standard Time




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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 11/23/2020
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