Vanderbilt University Director of Research Administration (Research: Office of the Vice Provost) in Nashville, Tennessee

Director of Research Administration (Research: Office of the Vice Provost) (Job Number: 1900150)


The Director works with the Vice Provost for Research at Vanderbilt University and is a key manager responsible for supporting the Vice Provost in overseeing research operations and administration. The position oversees, in conjunction with the Vice Provost, research administration across campus centers and units and enhancing the research experience for research professionals. The position interacts with faculty, staff, and external entities on a regular basis.

The Director coordinates with other Vanderbilt University offices to lead research compliance and support financial planning for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

The role of the office has been expanded from its past definition based on faculty feedback. In addition to overseeing the university’s research portfolio, the Vice Provost for Research also oversees implementation of the university’s new future vision and trans-institutional strategies and works closely with the Provost, academic Deans, the Vice Provosts, and the faculty at large to advance the quality of the research and scholarship university-wide. Our plans include developing strategies to enhance extramural support for research and advanced studies from all sources – corporate, foundation, federal, and philanthropic, advancing a cohesive and vibrant international research agenda, and seeking key partnerships around shared priorities research. The Vice Provost works with the Vanderbilt University Research Council in advocating for the research and scholarship missions of all disciplines at Vanderbilt.

This position has supervisory responsibility over designated staff; the position reports functionally and administratively to the Vice Provost for Research.

Duties andResponsibilities

  • Overseesresearch center and institute administration

  • Overseesresearch compliance functions

  • Coordinateswith the Director of Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) and theDirector of Research Administration Systems and Reporting to ensurebusiness continuity

  • Suggests anddevelops model agreements for facilitating industry sponsored agreements

  • Monitorsdevelopments in federal regulatory requirements and coordinates Vanderbiltresponse

  • Continues toimprove and streamline Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt UniversityMedical Center research collaborations

  • Directs administration of trans-institutional research centers andinstitutes

  • Establishesuniform administrative processes across research centers and institutes

  • Overseesresearch administration staffing, development, and training for researchcenters and institutes

  • Providesresearch center and institute budget planning

  • Performs as a leader in research compliance

  • Maintainsexpertise in regulatory compliance

  • Improvessupport for chemical, lab, and laser safety university-wide

  • OverseesVanderbilt’s plan to reinstate our non-possessing facility clearancestatus

  • Serves as theFacility Security Officer

  • Coordinates with other VU offices:

  • Providesbusiness continuity support within OVPR by working closely with theDirector of SPA and the Director of Research Administration Systems andReporting

  • Works withOCGA on oversight of Core Ordering & Reporting Enterprise System(CORES) including annual rate setting

  • Coordinateswith OCGA on expenditure reporting to external organizations (HigherEducation Research and Development Survey, for example)

  • Coordinateswith Campus Planning and Construction on issues related to environmentalhealth and safety

Profile ofan Ideal Candidate

  • A Master’sdegree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary

  • A Doctoraldegree from an accredited institution of higher education is strongly preferred

  • 8+ years ofdirectly comparable experience is necessary

  • Stronginterpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectivelywith a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community is necessary

  • Knowledge offederal, state, and local regulations governing research compliance is necessary

  • Knowledge ofcontracting process and associated local, state, federal, and otherregulations is necessary

  • Knowledge ofgovernment and industry sponsored research and development programs is necessary

  • Ability todevelop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures is preferred

  • Ability toanalyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports,statements and/or projections is preferred

  • Skill inorganizing resources and establishing priorities is preferred

  • Skill inexamining and reengineering operations and procedures, formulating policy,and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures is preferred

  • Ability to useindependent judgment and to manage and impart information to a diverserange of constituencies is preferred

  • Ability todevelop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals is preferred

  • Ability tosupervise and train employees to include organizing, prioritizing, andscheduling work assignments is preferred

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

AboutVanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitmentto Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equalopportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people withdisabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 27000 - Research: Office of the Vice Provost

Job: Administrative Unit Heads / Professionals

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