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Director, Research Information Systems

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Director, Research Information Systems

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Professional Staff


Non-Union Non-Classified Staff

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Salary to commensurate with education and experience.

Status :

Calendar Year, Full-time, Limited


SPA - VP Res & Econ Devel


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Extension Contingency Notes:

Position is full-time calendar year, limited to 06/17/2023 with anticipated renewal.

Job Description Summary:


BASIC FUNCTION: Provide technical leadership for the selection, implementation, development, integration, sunsetting of older systems, and support of research administration systems supporting sponsored programs, research protections, core facilities and other research administrative functions in the Division of Research and Economic Development. Devise systems strategies for supporting all areas of research administration within the Division. Oversee and support a training staff to develop and document processes for end users of research information systems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Coordinate and manage day-to-day IT operations of grants management & research administration projects for all offices and serve as the primary point of contact for the division in all matters relating to delivery of research IT services. Responsible for the continuous improvement of administrative systems and for maintaining high levels of responsiveness to the administrative offices using research information systems and other key stakeholders within DRED. Provide leadership in design, development and implementation of technologies to enable research administrators to access and analyze administrative systems data to make data-informed decisions and to measure the effectiveness of research administration. Provide a wide array of support services to ensure the successful operation of the research enterprise, spanning grants administration, human subject research, laboratory animal welfare, research compliance, and technology commercialization. Manage Office of Research Information Systems budget and provide guidance and recommendations to VP for Research and Economic Development on utilization of existing research information systems, process changes, effective change management and investments in new technologies. Work collaboratively across the administrative offices with DRED, as well as with other administrative and systems offices across the University and other research institutions and vendors. Manage, maintain, and support information systems across reporting offices and actively pursue a roadmap of information system upgrades and replacements. Commercial solutions currently in use include InfoEd Global system for grants administration, InfoReady portal for internal grants and proposal submissions, review and approvals, IRBNet for research compliance management for human subject research and animal welfare and Sophia Knowledge Management System for IP management. Provide leadership, adhere to best practices and advocate for training to ensure Division staff continue to develop their knowledge and skills and increase the capabilities of the office through increased technical knowledge. Support developing training and awareness modules for system end-users. Serve as the principal point of contact and functional lead for DRED in matters relating to PeopleSoft pre-award and post-award issues within the PeopleSoft Grants module. Work with the PeopleSoft Financials Team and ITS in resolving technical issues and new implementations. Manage and implement the Division’s proposal and awards reporting. Design, implement and maintain BI publisher reporting in PeopleSoft for grants management and research administration tasks. Provide access to data/reports to the broader research leadership in various academic units and administrative units as necessary. Create and manage queries in PeopleSoft to serve the University community with reports relating to grants pre-award and post-award information. Fulfill requests for digital data, printed reports, and electronically distributed reports from grants management databases. Maintain the Division’s grants proposal tracking system (standalone database for historical Grants management data). Work closely with Associate Vice President, Research Administration, for maintaining the data integrity of the grants management system by performing data validation tasks and resolve data integrity issues. Perform the role of active directory administrator for the Division by managing user security, permissions, computer accounts, groups, and management of permissions within the departmental drives. Manage, evaluate and select Division’s IT hardware and software systems to ensure optimal computing activities and provide cost estimates. Advocate and provide recommendations for planned incremental hardware and software improvements. Prepare the Division’s research annual reports to analyze proposal and awards information for division/university senior leadership team. OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Attend technology related University meetings and serve as division representative on select committees. Responsible for programming tasks including installing and upgrading software packages, adapting software to needs of users and modifying existing programs as required. Evaluate and implement business practices to promote migration to a paperless office and maintain an understanding of university business practices supported by technology. Perform other duties as assigned LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:Personal Computers, servers, printers, database management, spreadsheet, email, Windows & Mac hardware and software applications. InfoEd; ERP Systems.

Required Qualifications:


1. Must be a current URI Employee.

2. Master’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Business Administration, or related field.

3. Minimum of eight years of experience in design, development, and implementation of solutions in support of research administration.

4. Demonstrated experience in higher education.

5. Demonstrated understanding of sponsored projects administration aspects (i.e., identification of funding sources, proposal development, grant administration, research compliance and intellectual property management).

6. Demonstrated experience working in research information systems (i.e., InfoEd and other ERP systems, including querying and reporting tools).

7. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communications skills.

8. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

9. Demonstrated experience performing duties and responsibilities on multiple projects with minimal supervision.

10. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


1. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.

2. Demonstrated strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

3. Demonstrated supervisory experience.

4. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain working relationships with various constituencies (including institutional leadership, faculty, senior administrators, staff, and department co-workers).

5. Demonstrated ability to collaborate not only internally but with all stakeholders. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

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Closing Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter.

(#2) Resume.

(#3) “Other Document – References” – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).

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Founded in 1892, this land and sea grant university is the flagship public research institution in Rhode Island, enrolling more than 14,500 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students.

Thinking big
URI is home to some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers and is known regionally and worldwide for its big ideas and pioneering research in such areas as environmental studies, neuroscience, biotechnology and life sciences, engineering, marine sciences, forensic sciences, pharmaceuticals, behavioral sciences, and public health promotion. A strong core of traditional academic disciplines provides the foundation for all specialized, professional, and applied areas of study. The University receives about $60 million annually in federal funding for research across 87 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs.

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Nearly 23,000 students applied for fewer than 3,300 openings in the 2017 freshman class, which boasts an average grade point average of 3.54. The 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio allows for personal attention and rewarding teaching experiences. Approximately 87 percent of faculty hold terminal degrees. In 2018 URI produced two Fulbright Scholars, five Boren Scholars, a Truman Scholar, and was named a one of the country’s top Gilman scholar-producing schools. URI’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through its student body, with 43 states and 65 nations represented and 20 percent of students identifying as persons of color, a 65 percent increase since 2008.

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URI’s main campus is located on 1,248 acres in rural Kingston, where the campus core — including a quadrangle surrounded by handsome granite buildings — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Six miles from Rhode Island’s beaches, this campus is conveniently situated along the Boston to New York corridor. The University’s renowned Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the 165-acre Narragansett Bay Campus. The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies brings higher education to downtown Providence. Nearby, the 133,000-square-foot Rhode Island Nursing Education Center URI Picture 2includes unparalleled simulation labs. The W. Alton Jones Campus — 2,300 acres of forests, lakes, and farmland in West Greenwich — provides a secluded setting for academic research, environmental education, business meetings and special events.


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Since 2007, the University has invested $607 million in campus capital projects, including: a $150 million engineering complex, due to open in 2019; Brookside, another new apartment-style residence hall, 2019; a Welcome Center, 2018; the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, 2017; Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 2016; and Avedisian Hall, home to the College of Pharmacy, 2012.


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The University is home to several centers of expertise that tackle some of society’s most vexing challenges. The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience brings multi-disciplinary research to bear on devastating brain diseases, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s. The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center supports state, national, and international public welfare through education, research, training, and service. The Business Engagement Center is the “front door” through which industry taps into research and training opportunities and assistance with intellectual property or technology issues. The R.I. Food Center brings URI’s agricultural roots to the 21st century as a resource for farmers, consumers, retailers, and others across the food industry

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