WVU Research Corporation Associate Director, Research Infrastructure in Morgantown, West Virginia
Description Purpose The primary responsibility of the position is to serve as the Associate Director for HSC Research Infrastructure, Office of Research and Graduate Education. This position will be responsible for providing compliance and regulatory guidance and facilitation for research compliance matters as related to the protection of human subjects, animal care and use, biohazards, etc. The incumbent will also provide centralized HSC support for program management of federal grants. The position will also be responsible for data management tracking and reporting of HSC wide research productivity to inform strategic investment decisions in the office of Research and Graduate Education.
This position is responsible to oversee, plan, direct, and to independently coordinate organizational activities including policy formulation, management of daily operations, and resource stewardship consistent with business objectives. The individual may oversee procurement, human resources, communications, finance, general operations, and/or office support. Provides operational leadership; requires creativity, and interpretive abilities to effectively resolve complex problems. Work effort has significant impact on personnel, budget and operations, producing major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liability.
Duties & Responsibilities Responsibilities are managerial in nature, and performed under nominal supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) Serve as liaison with federal agencies. 2) Organize legislative or federal agency visits hosted by the HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education. 3) Facilitation of establishment of new strategic scientific initiatives and platforms that cross the HSC to increase collective funding competitiveness. 4) Identify and coordinate development of new research partnerships, both interdisciplinary as well as International. Serve as international partnership collaboration liaison. 5) Responsible for data management and tracking of research related data such as “hit rate” of proposal submissions, pre-review of grants, success of bridge funding, etc. 6) Develop and manage a post award monitoring system of HSC grant expenditure data to provide early warning of possible over- or under-expenditure of grant funding and notify principal investigator and/or department. 7) Identify funding opportunities and match them with HSC investigators. 8) Serve as back up to review and provide VP approval for proposal submissions at the HSC level as needed in conjunction with the Associate Director, HSC Pre-Award and Senior Director of Research and Graduate Education. 9) Advise faculty of federal agency, University and Research Corporation policies and procedures. 10) Serve as one of three primary advisors to investigators submitting large, complex, multi-million dollar, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional proposals. Help to facilitate and streamline processing of these large institutional submissions. 11) Schedule work to meet HSC college/department internal guidelines. 12) Assisting with policy and procedure development and implementation within the HSC as related to the HSC research Infrastructure.
Supervisory/Lead Role Reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education. This position will direct and coordinate operational function(s) under general guidance. Personnel supervision and work coordination of staff are required. In addition, general sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur in this position.
Physical Demands Must be able to speak and understand English clearly. Must be able to hear conversations in person and over the telephone. Must be able to stoop and kneel to gain access to project files. Activities are predominately non-manual though some manual work not directly involved with altering or transporting of products may be involved.
Work Environment Works in standard office atmosphere with shared space and equipment. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety precautions and procedures.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications Education and/or Experience 1) Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration or a related field And 2) 8 - 10 years of experience with grants; 3 – 5 years of which must include supervisory or program management experience. Or 3) An equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 1) Proficiency in reading and interpreting federal regulations. 2) Skilled at building and maintaining positive relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators involved in sponsored research. 3) Skills in, or knowledge of, professional principles, legal and/or reporting requirements affecting extramurally sponsored projects. 4) Skilled at operating effectively in a fast-paced, high-volume environment and meeting deadlines. 5) Skilled in preparing comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely. 6) Skilled in preparing and presenting workshops, seminars, and other types of educational presentations to faculty, staff and administrators related to research and program management 7) Proficient in the MS Office Suite, as well as Adobe and other related applications. 8) Ability to provide high-level oral and written communication necessary to explain complex sponsor and budgetary guidelines to appropriate management staff, to justify recommendations, and to interact with regulatory agencies and auditors. 9) Knowledge of grants and contracts. 10) Ability to read and interpret documents and regulations such as program solicitations, form instructions, OMB Uniform Grant Guidance, etc. 11) Ability to compute rate, ration and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. 12) Ability to quickly master specialized software applications. 13) Ability to be effective in a high-pressure role.
Behavioral Competencies 1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assesses strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others. 2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely. 3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approaches, and demonstrating respect and support of others. 4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and is able to read and interpret written information. 5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values. 6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercises discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
Preferred Qualifications & Credentials Education and/or Experience 1) A master’s degree is preferred.
Requisition Number: 16-0098
Post Date: 7/29/2016
Title: Associate Director, Research Infrastructure
Position Type: Full Time
Work Hours: 40 hpw