Senior Research Administrator
Company: Stanford University
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: September 15, 2022
The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the School of
Medicine, is seeking a RA3 who will play an integral role in
supporting faculty and fellows in all financial and administrative
aspects of research. The RA is responsible for managing highly
complex faculty portfolios, including all tasks associated with
pre- and post-award sponsored research activities. The ideal
candidate will be experienced in managing research awards and
budgets; a strong customer-service ethic; be detail-oriented; be an
excellent communicator and team player; be creative and
resourceful; and have the ability to juggle multiple priorities and
deadlines. The RA3 will be a key member of the finance team and
will have supervisory responsibility for other members in the
- Prepare complex proposals within parameters of sponsored and
non-sponsored research guidelines. Oversee and communicate
submission process, both paper and electronic; resolve issues
relating to proposal preparation and submittal process.
- Develop, prepare, revise, and finalize project budgets, and
provide budget justification; obtain cost sharing commitment and
support. Serve as liaison and active partner between principal
investigators, Office of Sponsored Research, research groups, and
other departments; respond to sponsor inquiries; advise of new
- Collaborate with Office of Sponsored Research to ensure awards
are set up properly and cost sharing requirements are fulfilled;
initiate cost transfers.
- Review and approve expenditures, advise on post award spending
and commitment activity, and oversee compliance related to fund and
- Develop and communicate reports supporting project status;
create forecasting models, scenarios, and decision aides.
- Manage contract closeout process and audit inquiries; submit
final reports and certificates.
- Interpret complex university and government policies (FAR, Cost
Accounting Standards, Office of Management and Budget circulars,
sponsored guidelines, etc.) for project and university personnel
and help guide other staff in interpreting complex policies.
- Identify and implement process improvements. Participate in and
lead cross campus projects. Train and advise on issues requiring
specific technical expertise.
- Oversee and review work of other staff. May supervise, train
and mentor other staff.
- Serve as a resource on subject area to principal investigator
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by
positions in this job classification and are not designed to
contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all
duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and
responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs
without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level
of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as
- Master's degree in accounting or finance with grants management
experience in an academic environment
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
- Bachelor's degree and five years of job-related experience, or
combination of education and relevant experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
- Expert knowledge and fluency of governmental regulations (e.g.
FAR, A-21, A-110, A-133, CAS).
- Knowledge and ability to understand, interpret, and communicate
university policies and procedures.
- Excellent oral, written, and communication skills.
- Excellent analytical skills; demonstrated proficiency in Excel
and web-based tools.
- Strong accounting skills; knowledge of accounting
- Knowledge of procurement needs, including solesourcing, cost
analyses, vendor requirements, and small business reporting.
- Strong knowledge of property management requirements related to
Stanford or non-Stanford title of equipment and fabrications.
- Expert in project management, including managing international
collaborations and complex multi-sub award contracts.
- Knowledge of personnel management, including proposing effort
for and training and hiring of students, post-doctorals, academic
appointments, regular staff, bargaining unit staff, and
consultants, along with the circumstances appropriate for each type
- Extreme attention to detail.
- Ability to review a proposal or manage a project with
understanding of the overall scope and goal of each sponsored
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:
- Cardinal Curriculum I and II must be completed to remain in
- Certified Accountant or Auditor, MBA, project management
certification, or similar credential desired.
- Frequently sit, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation and
perform desk-based computer tasks, lift, carry, push and pull
objects weighing up to ten pounds.
- Occasionally stand, walk, grasp forcefully, use a telephone,
write by hand and sort and file paperwork or parts.
- Rarely lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing 11-20
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will
provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability
who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of
his or her job.
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well
with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal
responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns;
uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable
University policies and procedures, including but not limited to
the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's
Administrative Guide, .
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- Job Code: 4483
- Employee Status: Regular
- Pay Grade: I
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