Principal Research Administrator - Program Manager

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Cancer Center Division

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UAHS - Tucson


University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

UACC is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in the State of Arizona. The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) is now seeking a Principal Research Administrator to 1) oversee the development and preparation of multi-investigator grant applications that arise from team science initiatives that are high priority to the mission and goals of UACC, and 2) provide programmatic and project management of special initiatives as assigned by the Director of the UACC.The successful candidate, who will report to the Director of the UACC, will be a dedicated professional with strong grant development, writing, project management, and interpersonal skills who is enthusiastic and is able to take initiative. The ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, work effectively with scientists, professionals, administrators, and support personnel is essential. Experience with cancer-focused NIH grants, including multi-PI grants, as well as project management and administrative support of new scientific initiatives is preferred.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide program management to UACC leadership-selected teams to plan, develop, prepare, and submit multi-investigator grants including SPOREs, PPGs, and the like.
    • Develop timelines and ensure compliance in meeting deadlines.
    • In partnership with the UAHS Research Administration team, assist with the development of budgets and regulatory compliance materials including vertebrate animals and IRBs.
    • Assist with writing, editing, and proofreading of applications.
    • Partner with the Research Development Services Office in support of grant development.
    • Ensure adherence to application guidelines.
  • Identify new and potential grant opportunities in team science for UACC.
    • Identify and distribute federal grant cancer research funding opportunities in the basic, prevention, translational and clinical cancer sciences that focus on team science.
    • Distribute funding announcements to relevant faculty and teams.
  • Provide program management to special initiatives as assigned by the Director, including development of new programs, shared resources, research initiatives, special retreats, seminars, and events, and other research relevant activities that will promote, foster, and facilitate the growth of collaborative grants and team science particularly at the translational interface.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. Master's Degree required.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Master’s degree in a life sciences field.*Familiarity with federal funding mechanisms.*Experience in writing, supporting, and coordinating the development of grant applications. *Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization. *Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and a familiarity with database management and query tools.*Familiarity and in-depth experience in project coordination and program building within an academic medical center.*Well-developed problem-solving, interpersonal and negotiating skills and working knowledge of grants and contracts. *Well-developed organizational, analytical and research skills with ability to analyze and interpret complex data, processes and reporting.*Excellent program management and organizational skills and ability to multi-task.*Ability to work independently and in a team environment.*Demonstrated knowledge and expertise of team science and work in the setting of academic medicine.*Experience with NIH grant applications.*Depth of experience in support and development of multi-investigator grants and new research initiatives.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$68,801 - $99,380

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Family:

Research Program Admin

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Joann Sweasy, [email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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