Research Program Manager

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Project Management, Research

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

This position exists to ensure proper and efficient administrative operation of research grants, including overseeing the daily operations of and the associated administrative staff members. The Research Program Manager will also work with the team in the pursuit of funding opportunities and dissemination of research results

Level Scope:

Provides direct supervision typically to professionals or skilled technical employees at the entry or intermediate level. Functions as advisor to unit and administration and sets goals and objectives for team members for achievement of operational results. Analyzes and resolves problems through drawing from prior experiences. Interprets policies (e.g., fiscal management, HR, contracts and grants, resource management in defined areas) and demonstrates solid subject matter knowledge. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action. Supervises staff to assure accountability and stewardship of campus resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with departmental goals and objectives.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Research Program Manager must:

● Institute and execute a project management framework. Supervision and execution of the framework components include: reporting, collaborative agreements that include co-authorship, PIs funding (spending plan), data management (storage and sharing)
● Ensure the Project Investigators are able to make appropriate progress on deliverables.
● Ensure regulatory compliance of externally funded programs for the team; ensure that the university and all investigators, faculty, and students involved with the programs maintain compliance with respect to the goals, regulations, and budgets of the programs.
● Assess team training needs and requirements; provide training or arrange for in-house or external training workshops.
● Oversee and facilitate human resource management function to ensure university policies, procedures, and precedents that govern HR processes are followed. This includes the recruitment and hiring of grant related personnel.
● Manage administrative operations and administrative support staff and budget.

35% of Time the Research Program Manager must:

• Ensure efficient and compliant administration of the research grants and subcontracts associated with the qDNA Research Group
• Coordinate finances with the help of a research accountant, i.e., monitor deliverables, expenditures, and purchases, and perform budget forecasts
• Manage administrative operations and human resources for the qDNA group and its five constituent teams
• Coordinate and participate in proposal submissions
• Disseminate research results including facilitating and participating in scientific writing and oral presentations by the qDNA group and submission of journal manuscripts and abstracts
• Create and monitor invention disclosures in coordination with the research team
• Manage scientific data (including data storage and data sharing) and intellectual property portfolio
• Mentor students and staff in administration and professional skill development
• Promote the qDNA group’s research through social media and the group website

5% of Time the Research Program Manager must perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Knowledge of staff management and support functions.
● Understanding of grant proposal process, regulatory compliance.
● Knowledge of project management phases and tools/processes used to deliver projects.
● Strong verbal and written communication skills that demonstrate the ability to present and communicate complex technical information, problems and alternative solutions to a broad range of technical and non-technical staff.
● Ability to develop collegial working relationships within the unit and across campus.
● The position also requires: a high level of accuracy, extraordinary attention to detail, solid proofreading skills, ability to multi-task and adhere to deadlines and adherence to ethical and legal standards in institutional research.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in engineering, chemistry, physics or biology or equivalent and 8 years experience

Preferred Qualifications:

● PhD in engineering, chemistry, physics or biology or equivalent

● Experience in managing research programs

● At least one (1) year of grant writing and acquiring grant funding

● At least one (1) year of experience in scientific writing, scientific oral communication, and dissemination of research findings (e.g., publishing in scientific journals or conference papers)

● Proven successful track record of interacting and working directly with faculty, staff, students, and academic units

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range starts at $95,000; commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter with summary of qualifications and resume with three professional references.



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