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Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 41982
Hiring Department

School of Medicine - Office of the Dean

Job Description Leads and directs Research Administration and operations at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Office of the Dean/Office of Research to ensure the effective operations which supports the University’s strategic research mission.

This position reports to the Sr. Associate Dean for Research (with a dotted line to the Chief Administrative Officer).


Contribute to the strategic planning process along with Senior Leadership.

Advances the mission of excellence in all sponsored program administration functions, services, and systems.

Defines operational activities that support the strategic plan to advance the research mission, of the MU School of Medicine and MU Health System. To provide for its growth and ensure its stability. Demonstrate a high-level commitment, enthusiasm, integrity and pride that becomes the practice of others.

Establishes a highly functional and effective administrative support systems and teams that encourages dynamic growth and achievement of impactful results.

Selects highly excellent subordinates and ensures their continued development; leads by example with the result that subordinates, and peers are empowered to better achieve their objectives.

Core Functions:

Grants and Contracts Administration: Directs the planning, development, and provision of a full range of pre- and post-award services that facilitate the development, preparation and submission of proposals for extramural funding; and ensures effective, efficient and compliant management of federal, state and private funds, i.e. (Uniform Guidance).

Ensures faculty members are provided with effective and timely support throughout the development, review, submission, award, management, and closeout stages of sponsored programs.

Works closely with faulty and funding agencies to identify opportunities for proposal development, facilitates the formation of proposal teams, and helps identify collaborative research options.

Clinical Research Administration: To support Principal Investigators and research sponsors in the management of clinical research. The CRA operations have will have five main components:

    Regulatory Management Coverage AnalysisBudget Development and Negotiation Contract Review, Negotiation, and Execution
Research Compliance: In partnership with the University Office of Compliance, ensure faculty and staff employees understand and comply with laws, rules, and regulations applicable to their work, preventing and detecting violations of law, regulations, and university policy, and promoting ethical conduct, i.e., Good Clinical Practices (GCP), the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Oversees the development and implementation of systems and practices, which comply with legal and regulatory requirements to include the development and maintenance of effective data management systems.

Ensures the MU SOM OOR generates timely, accurate reports for the purpose of establishing internal controls, monitoring activity, enabling the strategic planning process and evaluating the progress toward established goals.

Additional duties as may be assigned.

Salary Salary Range: Commensurate with education & experience.

Grade: GGS-015


Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ability to be flexible when business needs arise.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 7 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Candidates will be screened based on the preferred qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate degree and must have 10 years or more of experience and knowledge in related field.

Advanced degree beyond the bachelors is strongly recommended.

Successful experience negotiating and managing contractual research relationships with industry, governmental entities, and other private and public funding sources. Experience with material transfer agreements, legal issues, finance, and technology transfer.

Significant experience in sponsored programs and contracts for an academic health center and/or medical school.

Active involvement in national organizations such as National Council of University Administrators (NCURA), Society oof Research Administrators (SRA), Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), and Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Demonstrated success as an administrator, developing and leading an administrative team, building morale and accomplishing objectives.

In-depth knowledge and extensive experience in sponsored programs administration including knowledge of federal and private funding sources, effective compliance with laws and regulations related to research activity, administration of basic and clinical grants, and management of budgets.

Highly developed conceptual and problem-solving skills, the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and the demonstrated capability to work effectively with public and private organizations.

Demonstrated ability to generate accurate budget/financial analysis and develop effective methods for disseminating relevant information on a routine basis to the research community.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Computerized systems (including PeopleSoft and web-based methods for receiving, processing, submitting and reporting proposals and awards.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.


Working at University of Missouri - Columbia

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

MU students are uniquely prepared for success in life as global citizens. For example, Mizzou is nationally known for its campus writing program, learning communities and first-year experiences. The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities. In fact, experiential learning is an essential part of an MU degree. Real-world media experience, or the Missouri Method, in journalism and a problem-based curriculum in medicine are two examples. Students also participate in Missouri’s largest study abroad program and contribute 180,000 hours of community service each year.

Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and sixty-five percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri's public universities. Roughly one in three degrees are in math, engineering, information technology, health and other science fields.

Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees and is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Popular media consistently call Columbia, Mo., one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life. Mizzou is by far the largest employer in the area with more than 13,000 full-time employees.

Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou's NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Careers at Mizzou

You've come to the right place to find your new career or to make the leap to the next level. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional in your field, and no matter what kind of job you are looking for, chances are that we have the right opportunity for you.

Why? Because Mizzou is not just a world-renowned educational and research institution, The University of Missouri is also one of the biggest, most versatile employers in Columbia, MO. And we don't just have first-rate faculty and students, we have first-rate staff too! Whether you are a finance professional, a plumber, a research scientist, a preschool teacher, a food services worker, a custodian, a graphic designer, or a swimming coach, working at MU means you know you are a part of something big — you're making a difference in the world.

We have it all: challenging and engaging work, a wide variety of jobs to fit your career goals, great benefits, career development and training, work-life fit, beautiful surroundings, a rich tradition and history, a sense of community and belonging, and a proven commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Here are some resources to familiarize yourself with Columbia, Mo., if you are relocating to the area:

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