AVP for Research Administration, University of Delaware

Posted by University of Delaware on February 20, 2017

The Research Office provides central oversight and leadership for the University research enterprise. The Assistant/Associate Vice President for Research Administration oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs which manages all aspects of pre-award and post-award aspects of sponsored research, billing and collections of sponsored awards, develops and maintains regulatory affairs programs in fiscal and research compliance subjects, oversees and supports the operations of University level research institutes and facilitates interdisciplinary research. The Assistant/Associate Vice President ensures that the infrastructure and business processes related to the administration of the research enterprise support a culture of responsible conduct for researchers while keeping a keen interest on efficiencies and burden reduction. The Assistant/Associate Vice President is responsible for strategic activities specific to guiding the institutes and core facilities, and championing support of research activities within the UD administration. The Assistant/Associate Vice President assists in the oversight of all facets of the operation of the Research division advocating for the University research enterprise across campus as well as nationally through professional and institution organizations.

Provide leadership for all aspects of the administration of the Office of Sponsored Programs, fiscal compliance for federal regulations, contract & grant receivables (billing and collections), oversight and support of the Grants Management system, developing and implementing business processes to support and establish successful and efficient research administration of institutes, core facilities and programs. Ensure the development and implementation of proactive programs to support the faculty in the establishment of a research culture conducive for responsible conduct.

Provide leadership and guidance to establish and maintain appropriate infrastructure for University institutes; develop new initiatives and advocate for needed University level support; ensure optimal positioning of Institutes among and within University policy.

Provide leadership of the grants suite of central system offerings including PeopleSoft, Effort Certification Application and 3rd party tools used for efficient processing. Successful leadership includes advocacy and feedback of/to the end users of the system. Supervise system and reporting specialist(s) performing this work. Participate in a campus wide team to oversee the integration of all enterprise data systems.

Responsible for fiscal compliance with all sponsored projects terms and federal regulations.
Direct and oversee all external audits related to the research enterprise. Oversee any findings and recommendations ensuring compliance.

Guide and establish goals for the Federal Cost Accounting department, which reports to the VP Finance & Deputy Treasurer.

Supervise a Business Administrator who provides division level budget management, office management and general guidance to the budget staff in the institutes.

Provide leadership and budget planning guidance to the financial and administrative operations of the Research Office and the University institutes, which report to the Research Office.

Bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of relevant, sponsored program administration experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Higher education experience preferred.

Evidence of leadership in areas including proposal and grant writing and development, post award administration, identifying and securing alternative funding/revenue sources, contracts and grants preparation and management.

Advanced knowledge of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations and grant funding policies and procedures; knowledge of federal forms and processing systems.

Strong level of leadership skills in building interdisciplinary teams.

Demonstrated commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment.

Knowledge of a range of recruitment strategies and techniques.

Ability to effectively represent the University within the research and business community.

Knowledge of proposal funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal and University regulations.

Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures; and skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.

Ability to plan and evaluate programs. Program planning and implementation skills.

Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources.

Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.

Knowledge of the goals, objectives, structure and operations of major tertiary institutions. Strong strategic planning skills.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Knowledge of organizational development theory and practices.

Ability to apply statistical principles and processes to meet a range of informational requirements.

Ability to conceive, develop and deliver presentations and training sessions.

Ability to plan, initiate, direct and manage major research projects of critical interest to the university.

Ability to lead and mentor technical and professional staff in the performance of research administration.

How To Apply
When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application.


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