Job Description


Duties & Responsibilities

The Research Portfolio Manager (RPM) is responsible for providing comprehensive pre-and post-award support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB). This position will report to Associate Director of Finance and partner with the Assistant Director for Sponsored Research on all pre-award activities. This position requires independent judgment and problem solving skills to ensure compliance with sponsor and donor regulations, school and University policies, and department procedures. The RPM provides superior customer service to faculty and lab members in support of research activities in a high volume, fast paced, and dynamic environment. 
Pre-award responsibilities: Provide direct support to faculty and lab administrators with proposal preparation, including budget development, assembly of supporting documentation and required institutional information.  Advise and assist Principal Investigator (PI) with granting agency policies and programmatic reporting requirements of the various funding organizations, including progress reports. Shepherd supported proposals through the school and University proposal review and submission process. Ensure compliance with federal regulations and University, school and sponsor policies. Notify faculty of granting opportunities, providing information and application forms as necessary. Analyze and report sponsored funding trends. 
Post-award responsibilities: Manage faculty designated funding (sponsored and non-sponsored funds). This includes complex financial management and analysis; compliance with University policy and sponsor’s terms and conditions, and reporting. Conduct monthly detailed financial analysis of portfolios and provide individual consulting to faculty clients. Strategize with faculty on resource and personnel allocations.  Monitor balances, reconcile, perform spending projections, and address ad hoc queries. Proactively establish relationships with PIs, Lab Administrators, and lab members; maintain effective communication; and protect confidential information. Work closely with the PI and Office for Sponsored Programs, to review new awards, set up budgets, and provide guidance on policy. Review and approve financial transactions, such as reimbursements for travel and corporate card payments, PCards, and HCOM. Facilitate the effort certification process and advise the PI on related policies. Provide guidance to lab administrators on finance and sponsored research matters including systems, policies, and procedures. 
Work with the Associate Director of Finance and Assistant Director for Sponsored Research to implement local procedures, recommend process improvements, and resolve issues related to research funding. 

Basic Qualifications

5 or more years of related sponsored research administration experience or bachelor’s degree with 3 or more years of experience.

Additional Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of federal and non-federal regulations for sponsored research.
  • Strong analytical ability as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Self-directed, team-oriented and customer focused.
  • Must be able to handle multiple competing priorities.
  • Must be trusted with confidential information.
  • Superior skills in Excel and other applications in Microsoft Office Suite. 

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Schedule

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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