Reporting to the Vice Dean for Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at NYU’s Tandon School for Engineering, the Director of Research Administration, will be responsible for establishing and leading the school’s Office of Research Administration (ORA). S/he will collaborate with, as well as provide support and leadership to a wide range of departments, offices, staff and especially faculty, including working with the key members of Tandon’s Leadership Team to determine the pre- and post-award grants management needs of each department, developing service level agreements (SLAs) that will provide the most effective, efficient and timely support to all of the research faculty and staff, providing as needed training to current staff and ensuring the office is properly staffed to meet all SLA obligations. The Director is liaison to and expected to hold regular meetings with central research administration to convey Tandon-specific challenges and advocate for faculty-identified priorities for service and support.
Duties will include:
At least five years of increasing responsibility in proposal, grant, and contract development and administration with a broad understanding of the regulations governing compliance of grants and contracts. Experience with change management and securing buy-in from a variety of key-stakeholders is key.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Working knowledge of mandated regulations governing grants by federal, state, and private agencies required. Excellent supervisory, interpersonal, writing, editing and public speaking skills are required. Candidate must have experience or familiarity working withfaculty and staff and have a very strong mission centric, customer service focus. Demonstrates pro-active demeanor, takes initiative, and displays ability to work autonomously in completing an extensive portfolio of responsibilities. Ability to multi-task and work well in a demanding deadline-driven environment. Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to follow up frequently and as needed. Strong analytical, solution driven skills and ability to problem solve complex issues. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of diverse funding policies and guidelines for sponsored research programs offered through federal, private, and university sources. Demonstrated ability to remain up to date with constantly changing submission, contract and compliance requirement. Demonstrated working knowledge of all applicable computer software programs, including Microsoft Office applications and Electronic Research Administration systems. Proficient presentation, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to collaborate with multiple partners and navigate varying interests. Demonstrate project management and team management skills. Strong interpersonal skills, along with the ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, administrators, students and external sponsors.