Research Administration Manager/Lead

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A cover letter is required for consideration for the position described in this posting and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your areas of interest and qualifications within the range of opportunities described.


This position is located in the Data-science for Dynamic Decision-making Center (d3c), part of the Survey Research Center (SRC), the largest of five research centers within the Institute of Social Research (ISR). The d3c uses data and, in particular data from new randomized trial designs, to learn how best to design a treatment plan that match the unique and changing needs of individuals struggling with a variety of health disorders such as anxiety, autism, serious mental illness, HIV, drug-use disorders or obesity. The center supports a large portfolio of sponsored research projects including a P50 Center for Excellence award from NIH with three research projects and two cores – Administrative Core and Dissemination and Training Core.

You will report directly to the faculty co-directors of the d3c.


We seek an enthusiastic, organized, team-focused research administrator to oversee and lead the initiatives and planned growth of our center. The manager will be responsible for:

  • oversight, leadership, and supervision of other research administrators and senior staff;
  • oversight for all facets of pre- and post-award activities, including support staff who perform the transactions;
  • Financial management of all types of center funds (sponsored, non-sponsored, gift and student financial funds). This includes projecting longer term financial and staffing information and creating projections for the SRC’s annual reporting process;
  • Establishment of a working administrative structure for the center and leading continual process improvement activities as the center grows;
  • leading, organizing, and coordinating the submission of large and complex multi-disciplinary grant applications, which includes establishing the timeline, soliciting materials from other UM units and other university collaborators, meeting with the participating faculty to review materials and processes, and ensuring the timely submission of the proposal;
  • responsibility for working with ISR and SRC human resources for creating and posting positions, managing search processes, conducting performance planning and evaluations, and conducting disciplinary actions;
  • as a member of the d3c leadership team, assist the directors with plans to expand the research portfolio within the center, including the addition of new staff and faculty researchers; and
  • monitoring and resolving issues with facilities and equipment, and completing the annual space survey.

If you join the d3c, you will become an integral part of the SRC’s highly functioning network of research administration professionals with broad responsibilities/expectations for managing pre- and post-award activities in support of the center’s overall research enterprise and its research faculty. SRC administrators meet monthly to review and provide feedback to administrative policy and procedural changes, discuss issues that impact the centers within SRC, and network with others for support and information sharing. You will represent the d3c to the SRC, the ISR, university, sponsors, and the research community.


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree and 7 or more years of progressive grant and contract experience, preferable in an academic or research environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience managing federal grants including research performance progress reports (RPPRs) in, eRA Commons, or similar sponsor systems

  • Considerable and progressive knowledge of funding agency policies and procedures

  • Proven ability to work well with others especially under pressure of deadlines

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Proven analytic problem solver

  • Advanced skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities effectively

  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Evidence of administrative independence

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in a relevant field, such as a social science, business, public health or public policy

  • Knowledge of UM financial practices, policies, procedures, and regulation regarding sponsored programs and contracts administration

  • Experience with all facets of human resources

  • PEERRS certification

  • University of Michigan Navigate training

  • Research Administrator certification from an accredited organization

Work Locations

This position will be on-site at the University of Michigan offices in Ann Arbor, with flexible scheduling and remote opportunities as made available within our overall Center policies.

Underfill Statement

The d3c will consider exceptional candidates at the Research Administrative Lead level if an applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications for the manager position.

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to employ 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.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions after the first year
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Institute for Social Research job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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