Research Advancement Manager (Pre-Award/Proposal Support)

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 May 2023


Campus: Polytechnic

Research Advancement Manager

Job Description

The School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks (MSN) is seeking a talented individual to join the team and support the advancement of critical research initiatives. MSN is a new school in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is helping to discover and solve innovative technical issues that are transforming the manufacturing industry. This position will aid in promoting and advancing meaningful research and will be responsible for building the new research advancement team at MSN.  

The Research Advancement Manager (RAM) position is essential within MSN. The RAM is responsible for integrating research support services within the school and is the primary contact for any significant pre- and post-award concerns. The RAM leads and directs the planning, training, and implementation of administrative and operational initiatives pertaining to research administration. The RAM assists with metric development and oversees staff management.

This is a higher-career track position (Level 4 of 6) with opportunities to increase complexity based on job performance.

Working at ASU has additional perks and outstanding benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members, state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more.  To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit 

Engineering will consider a relocation stipend for candidates on a case-by-case basis.

Job Family

Research Operations

Department Name

Sch of MFG Systems & Networks



Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$66,000 - $80,000 per year; DOE

Essential Duties


  • Leads new administrative initiatives impacting research administration and compliance.
  • Provides research administration specific guidance to leadership including pre- and post-award activities, requests, policies, and practices.
  • Serves as primary liaison and subject matter expert for resolution of issues related to sponsored research, strategic planning and implementation of MSN’s research goals and objectives.
  • Directs operational initiatives and process in pre-award and post-award areas. 
  • Monitor faculty finances for the school by examining financial reports.
  • Directs and implements policies and procedures relative to pre-and post-award operations within MSN. 
  • Leads the effort to develop workload performance indicators for comparison with benchmarking data in support of the School’s and ASU’s mission.

Personnel Management/Supervision 

  • Responsible for personnel actions in accordance with university polices.
  • Conduct employee reviews and make recommendations on promotions and annual merit increases. 
  • Supervise and mentor pre and post award research advancement staff to verify that all MSN and established ASU research processes are properly implemented.
  • Coordinate and support team development by providing training for department staff.
  • Provide expert guidance and counsel to staff when issues, questions, or other matters arise relating to grants and contracts.
  • Evaluates work methods and procedures and sets clear team goals. 
  • Fosters a positive team climate by working collaboratively.

Workload in Pre-Award/Proposal Support 

  • Responsible for development, preparation, and submission of research proposals.
  • Administrative resource to investigators, provides guidance and counsel during development and proposal submission.
  • Assists with post submission action items requested by the sponsor such as just-in-time requests, revised budgets, scope of work changes, and additional certifications.
  • Manages cost share, limited submissions, and internal funding initiatives.


  • Exercises the highest level of discretion in dealing with sensitive and/or confidential information concerning professional and personal issues.
  • Responds to requests timely using effective interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and methods.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field. Seven years experience in any combination of the following areas: procurement (federal, state, or industrial), proposal submissions, contract negotiation, grant and contract administration and financial administration; which includes two years of supervisory experience,OR Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in taking initiative, diplomatic, proactive, effectively manages stressful situations.
  • Experience in work that requires attention to detail, organization, and time management.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills.
  • Experience in analytical skills.
  • Evidence of supervision including leadership, team coordination, and performance building.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policies, regulations, and strategies pertaining to proposal, grants, and contracts administration. 
  • Experience in working with large groups of faculty in the pre- and post-award context and with a variety of sponsors in a high-volume, fast-paced environment that is subject to quickly changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Experience working across multiple disciplines, in transdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience working in higher education.

Working Environment

Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting. Visual acuity and manual dexterity associated with daily use of desktop computer; bending, stooping, reaching and lifting up to 20 pounds. Ability to clearly communicate verbally in English, read, write, see, and hear to perform essential duties.Ability to work both independently or within a complex structured team. May determine methods and procedures on new assignments and may provide guidance to unit personnel. Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices & policies in selecting methods, techniques & evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Managerial review of results and objectives.

Department Statement

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest producer of engineering and technical talent in the nation and seeks to deliver a world-class learning experience for our students and to advance research and innovation – all at scale. We value and emphasize inherently interdisciplinary endeavors that leverage the breadth and depth of expertise among our outstanding faculty, and have built a unique place for large-scale innovation characterized by foundational excellence and translational impacts. We are an engineering school on the rise at the most innovative university in the country and in the heart of the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area. The scale of our faculty research interests and interdisciplinary mindset, combined with more than 48 graduate degree programs and 25 undergraduate degree programs, provide the foundation for knowledge generation and collaborative opportunities to advance new ideas. 

The Fulton Schools of Engineering, located across ASU’s Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, is comprised of seven schools based on academic programs and research areas. Fulton Engineering has a nationally recognized faculty that conducts research, instructs and mentors students, provides service to engineering, computing and technology professions and creates lasting impacts across local and global communities.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering follows a framework of values designed to distinguish our practice and guide daily decisions in our academic, research, corporate engagement and entrepreneurial endeavors. These values influence how we recognize, reward and communicate our achievements. At the Fulton Schools of Engineering, we:
● Cultivate excellence.
● Deliver innovation that matters.
● Encourage bold thinking.
● Foster a community of learning and collaboration.
● Build a foundation for all to be successful.

Working at ASU has outstanding benefits that include: health, dental and vision insurance plans; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities, and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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