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Job Opportunity: Departmental Research Administrator (Portland State University) Nicole Braman 16 Jul 2012 14:40 EST
Portland State University is hiring a Departmental Research
Administrator. To view the full announcement and application
instructions, please see:

The Departmental Research Administrator (DRA) provides critical
administrative services to faculty within an assigned set of disciplines
as they develop and conduct externally funded research and sponsored
projects. This position works with faculty to submit their proposals to
external sponsors and manages the finances of sponsored projects for an
assigned set of faculty/disciplines within the college. The incumbent
will provide proactive financial advice and planning as well as
implement operating procedures to ensure compliance with university and
sponsor rules and regulations. The DRA will play a key role in
supporting faculty efforts to implement research grants they have been
awarded. Responsibilities run throughout the process lifecycle (both
pre-award and post-award): from working with faculty to develop proposal
budgets and justifications, assistance with grant submissions,
reviewing/approving financial and human resource transactions to support
research activities, research account closures and monitoring of
state/federal/private sector requirements. The Research Administrator
serves on a team of individuals responsible for administration of
sponsored awards within the college that functions to encourage,
significantly expand and facilitate the level of sponsored award support
in CLAS. The DRA reports to the Manager of CLAS Departmental Research

Portland State University’s external research has been growing steadily
over the past several years. Portland State is committed to providing
research support for this effort. The DRA position in CLAS will be part
of a nine-person office providing departmental research administration
for principle investigators.

Required Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience in an office or
department (in higher education - preferred)
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
An ability to understand, convey and advise on complex regulations,
policies and procedures.
Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with
diverse individuals, including faculty, staff, students, departmental
and senior administrators.
Strong proficiency with computers, including Microsoft Office Suite,
specifically Excel and experience with databases (BANNER experience
Experience working with budgets and a basic understanding of accounting
Effective at problem solving and sensitivity to time-sensitive projects.
A positive, customer-service oriented attitude is essential for this
position. The position also requires someone who is comfortable in a
deadline-driven environment and can complete projects on-schedule with a
high standard of quality. Coordinating among various faculty in multiple
departments requires flexibility, finesse, and professionalism.
Intuitiveness, resourcefulness, confidence, directness, and versatility
are essential, as is the ability to leverage resources to achieve
successful outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications
Certificate in Research Administration.
Knowledge of government funding regulations, grant policies and
procedures, federal OMB circulars (A-21 & A-110, etc.) and sound
knowledge of research administration.

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between
$45,000 and $50,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience with an
excellent benefits package including fully paid healthcare; a generous
retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee,
spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools.

To Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter addressing why you are interested and
qualified for the position and three references to Nicole Braman, CLAS
Manager of Departmental Research Administration via email: For questions, email communication is preferred, but
you may also call 503-725-8947. Applications are due via email by August
5, 2012.

Portland State University is a center of opportunity for nearly 30,000
undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of
the nation's most livable cities. Portland is an hour away from amazing
skiing at Mt. Hood as well as the beautiful Oregon coast. The
University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's
commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124
bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability
into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City,"
inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work
and students span the globe.

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