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Sponsored Projects and Research Manager

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other

The Office of Sponsored Projects at Bucknell University seeks a Sponsored Projects and Research Manager, who will provide professional grants and research administration support and expertise to faculty, staff and sponsors engaged in funded research and projects.

The role serves as an integral member of the OSP and will contribute to the operations and goals of a lifecycle office. The position, which reports to the Executive Director of the OSP, will build productive working relationships with faculty and staff from all areas of the University and respond to the needs of principal investigators and administrators while ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and University policies. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position.

Duties:
● Provides pre- and post-award research administrative services, including, but not limited to, proposal submission, contract reviews, subaward issuance and post-award administration for external funding from federal and state agencies, and private entities.
● Provides guidance and support to individual and groups of faculty and staff developing new proposals; advises on and supports budget preparation and formatting of proposals to meet sponsor and University requirements, internal review process and program guidelines.
● Reviews the terms and conditions of agreements and subawards; recommends acceptance or modifications and liaises with Office of General Counsel; monitors awards and subrecipients for compliance with University, state, federal, and sponsor requirements.
● Formally communicates with sponsors, pass-through entities and subrecipients for proposal submissions, report submissions, prior approval requests and amendments/revisions via phone, email, and electronic research administration portals.
● Provides training to faculty, staff and students in grantsmanship as well as in the use of electronic research administration portals and grant search databases.
● Maintain and update OSP records for final proposal submissions, sponsor agreements, subrecipient monitoring, OSP consultant proposal services tracking.
● Assist in managing OSP processes for sponsored projects administration.
● Coordinate and participate in outreach services and organized workshops for faculty; assist with developing program content for faculty and staff in areas of funding identification, proposal development and grant administration.
● Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
● A bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution and five years of experience in university grant, contract and/or research administration. Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education in sponsored projects or research administration.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently, effectively and efficiently under pressure in a deadline-driven environment; flexibility and excellent interpersonal, tact, judgment and communication skills
● A demonstrated commitment to customer service and working collaboratively with diverse constituents and perspectives
● Excellent communication skills, including writing for various audiences
● Proficiency in Windows and MS Office, including Excel for budget preparation and reviews; ability to use Google suite of products (spreadsheets, documents, forms) and Bucknell proposal system and database

Preferred Qualifications:
● Certification or professional licensure in research administration or related field
● Experience in contract reviews, subrecipient monitoring and grant proposal development and submission to a variety of funding entities, including the NSF, NIH and other major funders
● Knowledge of federal grant and contract regulations
● Familiarity with policies and regulations in research compliance, including the use of human subjects and animals for research, biosafety and responsible conduct of research
● International and cross-cultural experience

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America’s best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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