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Job Summary

A cover letter is required for consideration of this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The Research Process Senior Manager will provide pre- and post-award sponsored projects leadership  for the Population Studies Center (PSC) of the Institute for Social Research (ISR).   PSC has served as an interdisciplinary community of scholars in population research and training since 1961.  The Center supports numerous research faculty and staff on federal and non-federal projects with annual revenues of approximately $8 million.   The Center’s research activities include large and complex research grant awards and various other research related activities domestically and internationally. Additional information about the Center may be found at

This position will oversee and manage the sponsored projects administrative team delivering high-quality, best practice pre- and post-award research administrative services to the PSC research faculty and staff.   This position reports directly to the PSC Director. 


Provide leadership, training, and supervision to the Center’s centralized research support staff.   Monitor and evaluate the success and satisfaction of the services provided. 

Post-award responsibilities include tracking and oversight of the financial status of projects, development and communication of research faculty and staff effort planning, providing monthly financial reports to researchers and leadership including projections, sponsor-specific reporting and invoice backup, timely re-budgeting as required by sponsors and the university, initial approval of transactions for projects, and preparation and submission of post-award administrative requests such as no-cost time extensions, establishment of sub-project grants, subcontracts, FSRs, and UG requests. 

Provide overall support unit leadership in assuring appropriate post-award stewardship and provide regular reviews of post-award services provided by assigned staff.  Additional financial tracking will include research faculty discretionary and incentive funds.

 Pre-award duties include the preparation and submission of proposals, preparing proposal budgets, coordinating and compiling proposal documents, assuring compliance with solicitation and proposal announcements, coordinating proposal requests with internal and external participants, interaction and coordination with ISR’s Proposals and Contracts unit, ORSP, and submission through the University’s eRPM, research proposal management system.  Proposals range from small proposals for individual faculty to large complex proposals requiring several budget types and preparation of information from multiple stakeholders and participants both within and beyond the university. 

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s Degree  with 5+ years of relevant research administration or financial experience; significant experience with long-term planning, budgeting and implementation of large-scale projects; familiarity with federal proposal preparation process and eResearch; excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are essential; able to work both independently and collaboratively using tact, diplomacy, and discretion; ability to manage multiple tasks, tolerate ambiguity and work to deadline; demonstrated excellence in customer service with high attention to detail and follow-through; excellent Excel and word processing skills required; experience managing staff; able to work simultaneously on several large, complex, time-sensitive projects; able to cultivate strong working relationships with team members and affiliates.  Ability to act as primary liaison between research investigators and research administrative support team, other University administrators, ORSP, the Office of Sponsored Projects, and other sponsors.

Desired Qualifications*

A master’s degree in business, public administration, finance or a related field is desired. Experience in leadership roles and professional development and training is also desired.  Professional training or certification in research administration.  Experience with, NSF Fastlane, and other eRA electronic research administration systems.  Experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts and cooperative agreements.   Demonstrated financial reporting competence is desired with familiarity and experience with university administrative and business tools such as Business Objects, Tableau, eResearch, Concur, procurement, electronic timekeeping, and other tools which would enable effective oversight and stewardship of sponsored projects. 

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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