Title:  Director, Research Administration

Division:  Office of Research
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience.
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  9779


The Director, Research Administration directs the centralized research administrative services office to implement institutional requirements both College-wide, and at the departmental level.  This role is a new and exciting role as part of the Office of Research-Research Support Services that will focus on developing processes and best practices that will impact grant management across the College. If you are innovative, firm yet flexible and enjoy teaching others then this is a great opportunity for you.


Job Duties

  • Sets BCM-wide standards for research administration services.
  • Leads research administration services teams in  support of research proposal development and award management activities throughout the College.
  • Establishes the framework for the development of the College-wide research administration workforce.
  • Creates a centralized research administrative services office in support of faculty and departments in preparing for strategic funding initiatives.
  • Oversees and measures the effectiveness of the program.
  • Manages pre-award and/or post-award grant management activities and administration support of college-wide grants and sponsored projects.
  • Develops and establishes grant policies and guidelines for college-wide research administration.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and liaises between investigators, sponsors, and stakeholders both inside and outside of the College.
  • Engages in strategic planning activities in support of major college research initiatives.
  • Coordinates activities between investigators and other central offices.
  • Collaborates with staff, investigators, and other stakeholders to resolve queries from regulatory agencies and other involved parties.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises research administration staff.
  • Provides training/orientation on new and revised grant policies and guidelines to college-wide investigators and staff.
  • Influences across functions to negotiate and gain cooperation on critical objectives with direct impact on customers.
  • Serves as principal spokesman for a complex function.
  • Manages a complex function comprised of multiple managers.
  • Recommends and operationalizes strategies that directly impact results for major, complex functions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Eleven years of directly related experience with four years of experience in a leadership role.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree. Seven years of directly related experience with a Master’s degree.
  • Mastery level knowledge and skills within a specific technical or professional discipline or a strong understanding across multiple complex functions.
  • Broad management and leadership knowledge to demonstrate matrix leadership across the functions(s)
  • CRA (Certified Research Administrator).
  • Relevant experience in a research-intensive organization.



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