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The following is required for consideration for this position: (a) cover letter, (b) resume.  The cover letter should be attached to the resume as one document and should include how current and/or past leadership and management experience will add value to this position, team and department.

Job Summary

School for Environment and Sustainability

Building on more than a century of leadership in environmental science, management, policy, and design, SEAS became a new school, the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), as of July 1. 2017. For more information please visit our website at:

Job Summary

The Research Process Manager will provide leadership and support the sponsored projects activities in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS).  This position will be responsible for continuing to build efficient pre- and post-award services, with an aim for solid stewardship and planning, to serve the support needs of SEAS faculty.

The School for Environment and Sustainability seeks a Research Process Manager to assist in leading the sponsored projects administrative team to deploy a top-quality, best practice pre- and post-award research administrative support function.  The Research Process Manager will also provide these services for an assigned set of faculty and researchers, including the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR).  This position will serve as part of the research administrative team reporting to the SEAS Business Manager, and will participate actively in business process improvements and new initiatives.  The ability to contribute independently, take strategic initiative and communicate clearly are key to success in this role. This positon requires a high level of multitasking and prioritizing. 


This position will provide leadership, training and direct supervision to 2 experienced Research Process Coordinators within the school.  In addition, the manager will also provide research administrative services. 

This position will work with the Business Manager to create a highly functioning research support group and assure efficiency within the research administrative function.  Analytical review and forecasting of key performance indicators for research for SEAS leadership will also be required of this position.  The manager will implement best practice process improvements and draft policies as they relate to research activities and growth of the school in this area.  This position will be responsible for developing a climate for staff that is motivating, nurturing and developmental, helping them determine appropriate priorities.  This position also serves as a backup for other research administrators during scheduled absences or to assist with overload assignments. 

In addition to management and leadership, this position is also expected to provide grant administrative and financial management support to SEAS CIGLR and several assigned faculty, along with representing the school on the Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) and in other global capacities.

Pre-award duties will include preparation and submission of proposals for assigned research faculty, preparing proposal budgets, budget justifications, coordinating and compiling proposal documents, assuring compliance to solicitation and project proposal announcement requirements, coordinating proposal requirements with additional internal and external participants, and submission through the University’s eRPM proposal submission system.  Proposals range from small submissions for individual faculty to a large complex center proposal requiring partnering with its Program Manager. 

Post-award responsibilities will include tracking and oversight of assigned project financial status, provision of quarterly financial reports to Project Investigators, budget upload and forecasting to the Cost Report System, timely re-budgeting as required, initial approval of transactions and DBE processing for assigned projects, and preparation and submission of post-award administrative requests such as no-cost time extensions, establishment of sub-project grants and subcontracts, FSRs, and other documents as needed.  Monitor and ensure research compliance with all regulations imposed by sponsors and the University of Michigan.  Directly communicate and coordinate efforts with CIGLR’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Federal Program Officer.

Additional financial tracking will include research group discretionary and research incentive funds, expendable restricted funds and designated activity as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in related field with 5+ years of direct pre- and post-award experience and at least 2 years of functional supervision of regular employees and/or temporaries.  Demonstrated competence in analyzing financial reports, detailed knowledge of general financial activities and transaction processing are required, along with basic knowledge of faculty appointment structures.  The successful candidate will cultivate partnerships with a variety of constituents including Associate Dean for Research, CIGLR Program Manager, CIGLR NOAA Program Officer, School Administrators, The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Sponsored Programs and RAAC.  Solid oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are essential.  Experience with university administrative and business tools such as Business Objects, MReports, eResearch, Concur and other tools which would enable effective oversight and stewardship to sponsored projects is required.  This position is a higher level of research administration and an experienced research administrator with capacity to contribute from the 1st day of work is sought. 

Desired Qualifications*

Three or more years of administrative supervision and training experience is preferred for this position, as well as demonstrated experience with multi-project financial management and projection experience.  Minimum 7 years managing pre- and post-award sponsored research.  Familiarity with NOAA, NSF, or DoE sponsors and foundation grants.  Experience in leadership roles and Certified Research Administrator (CRA) also desired.

Additional Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.