Director, Research Administration

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Director, Research Administration - (21004010)



The College of Public Health at Temple University is one of the largest colleges of its kind in the country, consisting of the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Services Administration and Policy, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Social Work. The Office of Research Administration supports the externally and internally sponsored projects of the college by providing pre- and post-award support to PIs and ensuring compliance with Temple and sponsor regulations. We are seeking a team leader who embodies our core values of service excellence, integrity, and the development of collaborative partnerships, in support of the innovative research taking place in the college.

The Director of Research Administration, reporting to the Associate Dean of Research, is responsible for managing and overseeing the college’s administrative research functions.  Responsibilities include managing the grant proposal process, monitoring grant account expenses, closing out projects, and managing Research Office staff.  The Director ensures adherence to grant agency and foundation policies and is responsible for staying abreast of current/changing policies and regulations.  They will serve as the primary contact person to resolve matters in cooperation with central units such as the Office of the Vice President for Research, Human Resources, and others.

The incumbent will oversee pre-award administration for the College, including on-time, error-free submissions. Supervise Associate Director and their staff, working with them to ensure compliance with Temple and sponsor policies. Ensure compliance with deadlines. Coordinate with the Office of Sponsored Research and Office of Institutional Advancement. Oversee post-award administration for the College, including financial management and HR/payroll. Supervise Associate Director and their staff, working with them to manage grants and mitigate financial risks. Coordinate with Research Accounting Services. Ensure compliance with Temple and sponsor policies. Ensure compliance with deadlines. Monitor cash handling and receivables.  Monitor pre- and post-award activity that is managed outside this unit (such as CORE). Conduct approvals and provide troubleshooting with Temple partners.

They will be responsible for educating staff, other CPH research administrators, and PIs on college, university and sponsor policies and procedures. Coordinate trainings. Provide timely and clear communication. Provide reporting to the Dean's Office, Department Chairs and Administrators, and Faculty. Maintain database at the college level and monitor accuracy of university systems (eRA, Banner). Advise the College on the formulation of policies and programs related to the University's engagement in supporting and advancing research and sponsored programs. Represent the College at research-related meetings and committees across campus. Keep abreast of new rules, regulations, policies, and procedures with sponsoring agencies and central university departments. They will also provide any additional support for the Associate Dean of Research and any other special projects as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of directly related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 

Required Skills & Abilities:
*Demonstrated ability managing department and sub-unit grant proposals
*Demonstrated ability to initiate and implement strategic plans
*Knowledge of data management software and practices to submit timely reports on graduate student funding
*Knowledge of multiple funding agencies
*Knowledge of grant and financial management software
*Knowledge of University systems including ERA, ERS, and Banner Finance
*Demonstrated ability to work under pressure while handling multiple tasks and time constraints
*Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
*Demonstrated ability to recommend grants management strategies for departments
*Demonstrated ability to manage and train faculty and staff
*Strong ability to edit grant proposals
*Demonstrated ability to adhere to current and changing policies and regulations
*Strong verbal communication skills, along with the ability to effectively interact with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff in a professional manner
*Strong accuracy

*Master’s degree

This position requires a background check.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff and contractors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 15, 2021, unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the university.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks or more following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks or more following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University’s vaccination or exception requirement by November 15, 2021 will be prohibited from working until proof of vaccination or an exception is provided.  For more information visit the university's Vaccines web page at 

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location
: Location INSIDE of PA
: Staff
: Full-time
: Day Job
Employee Status
: Regular
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