The Director for Grant Initiatives works with members of the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development (VPRED) senior leadership team to advance UB's external and internal research initiatives. The VPRED manages UB's sponsored awards portfolio of $178 million in expenditures (FY19) and is responsible for UB's research enterprise and economic development activities. The leadership team is responsible for ensuring that a comprehensive research administration infrastructure is in place to support the university’s research community to strengthen and streamline all key functional areas that support individual researchers and departments, to increase and enhance research activity.
The Director will be a key resource for the VPRED team to broaden the office's impact campus-wide and will provide support to various stakeholders related to both external and internal grant funding opportunities. This position requires a significant emphasis on customer service, team-building and project management, and the ability to interpret complex regulations and various sponsor guidelines.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist faculty submitting proposals to external sponsors (federal, state, private and corporate foundations) by providing proposal management support (interpreting sponsor requirements, grant development, and various document management).
Assist in managing and communicating internal funding and limited submission opportunities.
Act as a key resource for VPRED leadership and provide input and information related to available funding opportunities and alignment with UB faculty capabilities.
Assist the VPRED leadership in broadening the office's impact campus-wide by proactively engaging faculty and acting as an ambassador for VPRED research support capabilities.
Train and mentor ORA staff and other research support staff throughout the campus to create a strong network of support personnel for sponsored funding.
Essential job skills, knowledge, and abilities include:
Expert level knowledge of current laws (federal and state), regulations, and sponsor policies related to sponsored projects management and administration. Must have knowledge of key funding agencies (federal, state, private/corporate foundations) and the ability to guide faculty and staff through the agencies and their programs.
Ability to learn new/ evolving/ changing sponsor guidelines, interpret and convey requirements to others.
Demonstrated solid knowledge of the policies and practices of institutions of higher education in managing sponsored projects and relations with extramural sponsors.
Demonstrated solid knowledge of university financial management practices and contracting and subcontracting practices.
Demonstrated solid knowledge/understanding of the mission of a major research university including knowledge of the research environment and sponsored programs in research, training and clinical research.
Excellent leadership and project management skills and demonstrated experience assisting faculty and staff in all aspects of grant preparation, including experience in working with large-scale, multi-institution, and multi-investigator proposals.
Demonstrated experience in working effectively in faculty teams and with other staff members.
Ability to work with multiple projects and in moving them along toward deadlines. Ability to handle unexpected situations effectively.
Must have strong/demonstrated customer service and conflict resolution experience
Experience with resource management and developing innovative approaches to process improvements using traditional and new methods, processes, tools (example, IT and web-based) to meet unit's goals and objectives.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present information to many diverse individuals and groups.
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Bachelor’s degree is required. At least 5 years of experience in university research administration, preferably at an institution with varied portfolios such that the incumbent can take on a leadership and management role and act as a resource for various stakeholders.
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