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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Senior Director of Research Administration Services - School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia

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Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research Administration Services (RAS) and fiscal leaders of schools, departments, or divisions served, manages, leads, and supervises a team of 12 -20 staff performing pre- and post-award activities for a RAS unit with a large and complex research portfolio.

Oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of all team members, including the assignment of goals and tasks, and the successful completion of the same. Works closely with Emory University's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements to which grants and contracts are subject to and to confirm that all pre-award activities are handled accordingly.

Both the Rollins School of Public Health and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing are topped ranked schools in U.S. News & World Report as well as in National Institute of Health funding. Both schools have a strong presence in both local and global research.


  • Participates as a member of Emory’s Office of Research (ORA) Leadership team through participation in Director Meetings and ORA initiatives, such as, process improvement and training initiatives.

  • Participates with both school through joint leadership and initiatives. Attends school related functions and management meetings.

  • Oversees and manages a large staff of approximately 35 individuals, associated with grants and contracts operations including pre-award and post-award.

  • Promotes staff engagement and retention.Supports faculty recruitment and program development processes including development agreements and financial plans for transfer of grants.

  • Identifies operational problems, issues, obstacles, and barriers across all projects and recommends/implements solutions based on established metrics, audit reports, and input from project leaders, faculty, statisticians, project team members, business development staff, and sponsors.

  • Supports strategic planning process with a focus on research administration including identifying and implementing methodology for tracking and process improvement

  • Works closely with department leadership and principal investigators to assess their future direction and immediate concerns.


  • Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research Administration Services (RAS) and the Chief Business Officers of the Rollins School of Public Health and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

  • Works with stakeholders to develop, lead and manage research activities in a manner that fosters a growing research environment, ensures compliance with regulatory agencies, and in alignment with Emory’s overall mission and strategic plan.

  • Supports the facilitation of research projects, including budget development, grant administration, contract facilitation, and ongoing compliance, while providing excellent customer service to faculty along with strong leadership and people management skills.


  • Bachelor's degree and 10 years of experience in grants and contracts management, or related field.

  • Master's degree is strongly preferred.

  • Previous supervisory and management experience is required.

  • A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.


  • Excels at building relationships, connects with people and creates a strong network. Strong leadership and management skills, with a passion for development of staff.

  • Support a high functioning team: committed to developing one-on-one relationships with each member of the team, keep staff morale high, recognize and acknowledge good work and small wins.

  • Maintains and creates a positive and optimistic environmentHas self-confidence that instills sureness for the staff and faculty.

  • Is influential in gaining buy-in to ensure positive and continuous movement forward.

  • Identifies the needs/wants/barriers of faculty and staff to ensure programs are running efficiently and effectively.

  • Acts as a strong advocate for stakeholders.

  • Actively looks for opportunities to improve functions and collaborations with stakeholders.

  • Ability to perceive, use, understand, manage and handle emotions.

  • Be committed to service

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 77215

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Public Health

Department SPH: Research Admin

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Research & Research Administration

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta