About Us: Founded in 1890, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is the largest division of Harvard University. FAS is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting-edge research and discovery. FAS is redefining liberal arts education for the 21st century and is committed to making a Harvard education accessible to students from all backgrounds.
The Research Administration Services (RAS) office at FAS is currently undergoing a significant transformation to become a networked organization capable of keeping up with the rapidly evolving field of research administration. This bold initiative aims to establish a more coherent and agile administrative infrastructure that promotes the diversity of FAS research and our research community through integrity, ethics, outreach, and engagement. The success of this endeavor is paramount in enabling us to continue to advance FAS' research goals and make exceptional impact on the world.
Achieving success in research and research administration demands diversity. RAS is fully committed to cultivating a culture that values and celebrates unique qualities stemming from different backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and career paths. Our networked transformation is centered on setting expectations and providing guidelines that foster an inclusive administrative community, recognizing diversity as a crucial strength for success.
The Director of Sponsored Project Management for Research Administration Services is a curious, effective communicator with a thirst for knowledge, holistic considerations, and assured leadership skills. The ideal incumbent is also analytical and able to navigate a complex environment with a quickly changing landscape, often with competing priorities. At times with minimal guidance, and other times in partnership with executives and senior leaders from the Harvard community, the incumbent will lead a team of professionals in pre-award support, review, and management, as well as concierge post-award sponsored project management and support.
The incumbent will represent RAS and the Associate Dean for Research Administration Services on a number of related university-wide committees and represent Harvard at local and national meetings/conferences. This successful candidate is agile, sincerely appreciates the significance of diversity in research and academia, and is a forward thinker who is flexible in a hybrid environment.
This role reports directly to the Associate Dean for Research Administration Services and serves as a collaborative thought partner to the leadership team of the organization.
Brief description of responsibilities:
Management of sponsored project team (which includes):
Prioritization of duties
Process creation and management
Provide expert/seasoned decision-making, guidance, and support in the following areas of sponsored project administration:
Proposal development and review
Project audit and management
Fiscal stewardship of sponsored projects
Internal award management
Develop, evaluate, and monitor operation functions and effective processes/procedures related to pre and post-award project management
Develop and steward internal and external relationships
Maintain knowledge of emerging regulatory policies and provide related guidance to leadership
Participate on/lead various committees and task forces related to sponsored project management
Represent the department and university at various meetings/conferences both locally and nationally
Master's degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 10 years' relevant work experience
Advanced knowledge of sponsored research regulations
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Success in this role is not limited to a specific career trajectory, but rather, enhanced by the breadth of experiences and perspectives brought to the table. Candidates are encouraged to consider how their unique attributes and experiences align with one, some, or all of the expanded list of qualifications below in addition to the anticipated responsibilities, and submit your application accordingly:
Minimum of 6 years progressive work experience preferred in three or more of the following areas: sponsored projects, research administration, research proposal submissions, award creation, large-scale proposal submissions, sponsored project account management, research contract and/or grant administration, other administration-related areas
Advanced knowledge of:
federal research regulations
research cost principals
Superior communication skills
Working comfort with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Teams
Comfort working in a hybrid environment
Ability to pivot in an actively changing environment
Work is performed in an office setting in a hybrid office environment.
This position will be based in Cambridge, MA and there is an expectation of two workdays per week on campus. Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process.
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Salary will be determined by education, experience, and internal equity.
We regret that we are unable to provide visa sponsorship.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.
EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.