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The Superfund Research Program (SRP) and the UW Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE Center), are housed administratively in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) within the School of Public Health. The Centers are seeking a full time Research Manager to provide leadership regarding operational and administrative functions, and contribute to the development and implementation of strategic initiatives aligned with the funded mission and aims. The SRP has been funded largely without interruption for more than 30 years and is an interdisciplinary program involving faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students from DEOHS, environmental engineering, UW genome sciences and UW Tacoma. The overall goals of the Superfund Center are to develop biological markers and understand the effects of environmental chemicals on neurological diseases in humans and wildlife, and to develop new technology to remediate contaminated Superfund sites. The Superfund center has strong community engagement locally as well as research translation components. The EDGE Center has been funded for over 20 years and focuses on understanding and communicating human susceptibility to environmental health risks. Its membership spans across multiple UW Departments and Schools/Colleges. Both SRP and EDGE (the Centers) involve not only fundamental research but also engagement with local communities affected by environmental health concerns.
DEOHS has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Manager. The Research Manager is responsible, together with Center faculty leadership, for managing the successful development and implementation of strategies, procedures, and operations of the Centers. The Research Manager works under limited supervision, and must demonstrate the ability to work independently while also interacting and working closely with all groups within the Centers including faculty, staff, research teams, and teams fostering community engagement in research. Good project management and communication skills are essential. This position reports to the EDGE Director.
In consultation with Centers’ faculty leadership, serve as liaison with department administration, faculty, university-wide departments and program centers, outside scientific researchers and collaborators, subcontractors, and agency sponsors. This ensures compliance with university and sponsor regulations and the smooth operation of department and sponsor programs. Participate as a member of the Centers’ leadership team to conduct overall strategic planning for priority-setting, grant renewals, supplements, and implementation according to the overall funded aims of the Centers.
Develop, adjust, implement, and evaluate the general administrative policies of SRP and EDGE: develop, implement, interpret, and provide counsel regarding SRP and EDGE policies and procedures as well as those of the University of Washington, the State of Washington, and federal agencies; develop and administer procedures for new SRP and EDGE activities in conformance with institutional and program sponsors’ policies. Participate in the development of long-range strategic planning and priorities for SRP and EDGE. (20%)
Administer the budgetary affairs of SRP and EDGE, including financial planning, monitoring, and forecasting for over 40 budget components: prepare cost estimates and projections of current and future needs and recommend appropriate action; analyze effects of proposed actions; audit and approve expenditures as delegated by Center leadership requisitions, vouchers, payroll and personnel changes for accuracy and compliance with policies and procedures; analyze problem areas and recommend or take corrective action; provide monthly and annual budget reports and projections, detailing income and expenditures; collaborate with and provide guidance to Directors in managing sponsored research budgets.
With delegated authority, conduct SRP and EDGE nonacademic personnel matters: develop job descriptions for professional staff positions in concert with DEOHS Human Resources including administration of the employee recruitment process; approve new or replacement positions; recommend hourly classifications and rates of pay for approval by UW central compensation; provide counsel to project and unit directors on personnel issues; and in conjunction with the Directors, manage annual merit processes for non-academic employees.
Manage grant proposal preparation for new and continuing grants and contracts of the Centers, including ensuring compliance with University and granting agency policies and procedures; review for proper completion of all grant-related forms, oversee and ensure the timely preparation, review and submission of proposals. Manage the EDGE center pilot project solicitation, evaluation, award cycles, and financial allocations.
Manage multiple and varied events including annual research symposium conferences, innovative opportunities for scientific exchange, external and internal advisory committee meetings; research specific events with the teams.
Professional Staff: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Requirements: •Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public health, environmental health, business or related field AND four years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in an academic, non-profit, or related research institution. •Experience managing federally funded research with significant experience managing NIH grants. Experience with the preparation and submission of grant proposals to federal agencies. •Proficient with Microsoft Office tools and budget tracking systems using Excel. •Demonstrated experience developing and/or using technical solutions to solve problems and enhance efficiencies. •Extensive experience managing multiple projects and budgets. •Proven ability to lead a team and work collaboratively, ability to identify priorities and make critical decisions. •Strong track record of effective oversight of other positions; ability and desire to support individual professional development opportunities and to promote cross-training. •Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. •Understanding of the support requirements of a research environment and the desire and ability to carry them out
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Master level or higher education with a focus on public health, environmental health, public administration, or related field with two years of experience managing complex project operations. Experience with research or public policy related to environmental health or public health. Familiar with the complexities of community-engaged research. Experience with management of a federally sponsored research center in an academic setting. Experience with UW systems including Financial Desktop, Cost Share, procurement, SAGE, Grant Tracker.
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