Assistant Vice President of Research

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Division of Academic Affairs

Administrator III


Serves as the chief research officer of the institution with direct supervision over the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs operations and staff, ensuring compliance with the federal, state, CSU system, and university policies governing graduate study and university-sponsored research (including protection of human subjects, animal welfare, intellectual property, misconduct in research, and recombinant DNA). Works with faculty to develop competitive proposals for external and internal funding and supports the University research culture by providing faculty and staff development opportunities in grant writing and grant management. Develops research and sponsored programs administration policies and procedures and recommends and implements strategic and operation plans. Ensures compliance in contract and grant administration with executive orders, state, and federal mandates and regulations. Leads the hiring, training, supervision, remediation, evaluation, and mentorship of RSP staff. Creates reports on grant and contract activity, tracking progression of submitted, pending, awarded, and declined proposals. Facilitates reporting of proposal and award information for senior staff and leadership. Leads bi-monthly meetings with post-award and Advancement staff to review grant status. Represents CI at semi-annual meetings of the CSU Research Advisory Council.

Communicates with faculty members and other stakeholders to match sponsored project initiatives with suitable funding opportunities. Ensures CSUCI and/or CSUCI principal investigators are eligible to submit to appropriate funding opportunities. Offers and coordinates periodic training on various research administration topics; creates and delivers or coordinates workshops on research development topics and/or topics specific to a committee for which administrative support is provided (e.g., Research and Grants). Oversees the pre-award proposal administrative review (PAR) process and consults with pre-award staff and principal investigators (PIs) on compliance requirements. Meets with PIs and pre-award staff during proposal development as needed to provide technical expertise on budget and solicitation analysis. Oversees, assesses, and evaluates current processes and develops efficient and effective processes for training and transitioning principal investigators and administrative support staff to the post-award administration of sponsored projects. Oversees subawards and subcontracts. Reports to Vice Provost those grants, contracts, and PIs that may be out of compliance with reporting requirements or policies. Oversees award acceptance, contract language development, contract negotiations, and execution. Develops and maintains relationships with external sponsors. Reports to the Vice Provost questions and concerns regarding institutional commitments and policy exceptions. Reviews proposed sponsored project budgets during PAR process and recommends for approval or revision. Implements existing and new policies and provides solutions for complex problems and issues pertaining to research and sponsored programs administration and budgeting in accordance with federal policy and CSU and Cl guidelines.

Serves as a designated Authorized Organization Representative for electronic submission of grants and contracts on behalf of CSU Channel Islands. Performs highly specialized and complex administrative activities to support campus-wide electronic grant submissions to external sponsors, ensuring a smooth transition process from pre-award to post-award, including provision of proposal and award documentation to post-award staff in Business and Finance, the updating of the sponsored project database, and award setup meetings with PIs to ensure a mutual understanding of budget, administrative, and programmatic requirements and limitations, terms of the award, and answer questions.

Oversees the process of draft contracts for downstream subcontractors and reviews contracts from upstream subcontractors. Ensures annual sub recipient monitoring is carried out in a timely manner and reviews results with PIs to establish appropriate management plans. Reports federal activities to FSRS.gov. Creates agreements for other types of relationships (e.g., MOUs, NDAs, CDAs, CRADAs, gift agreements, licensing agreements). Ensures appropriate reviews and approvals are in place. Works with the Division of Business and Financial Affairs to gather information required for IDC rate negotiations. Ensures all appropriate compliance actions and certifications are current and reported to the appropriate federal websites (e.g., SAM.gov, FSRS.gov, Research.gov, eCommons, iEdison). Serves as (or supervises) the primary administrative support staff for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and RSCA committees, ensuring minutes are taken and distributed in a timely manner. Acts as the administrative support and institutional authority on compliance with regulations regarding use of human subjects in research projects. Reviews documentation with legal counsel as appropriate. Serves as the Institutional Officer.

Promotes, develops, and maintains a culture of scholarship, creative works, Scholar/Teachers and Artist/Teachers by creating opportunities and support for faculty and students to engage in research, scholarly investigations, and creative activities as well as recognition of outstanding student and faculty scholarship and creativity through awards programs, research forums and conferences, and publications. Oversees university-level research centers and institutes. Contributes to division-wide annual reports.

Takes an active role in helping to embed the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of University work, in every division, and participates at least once annually in professional and/or leadership development opportunities that will contribute to campus efforts to advance racial and social justice in and through education at CSUCI and beyond. 4Performs other related duties as assigned.


Possession of a terminal degree in an academic field and a record of professional achievement as a scholar and a teacher to be appointed with tenure at the rank of Professor are required. A minimum three years of administrative experience and a demonstrable record of achievement pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Experience with managing research and sponsored programs in higher education, a public entity, or a non-profit environment, including working with upper-level administration, faculty, or other key stakeholders such as donors, sponsors, or program officers. Experience with interpreting policies and sponsor provisions (private, state, or federal) and applying them to monitoring and administering grants/contracts. Must have working knowledge of how to develop complex project budgets. Must have extensive knowledge of Sponsored Programs Administration, federal regulations, and Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200), research administration best practices, federal and private agency procedures and protocols and submission portals. Familiarity with web-based financial and grants management systems. Ability to work cooperatively and sensitively with individuals from diverse cultures, ethnic groups, lifestyles, and backgrounds. Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment in confidential or sensitive situations. Ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures independently and organize and prioritize tasks appropriately with attention to timelines. Ability and willingness to learn new skills and quickly absorb new information and investigate and analyze problems, understanding the broad perspective and anticipating the impact on other areas. Ability to effectively present ideas and concepts in written and verbal formats and be consultative and a consensus builder. Ability to develop policies and procedures, budgets and budget justifications, and contract language. Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with sponsors, faculty, students, and staff from many campus departments. Ability to work with initiative, independence, and as a member of a dynamic team. Must have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Additional preferred qualifications include administrative experience within a collective bargaining environment; ability to interact effectively with external constituents; knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in the public higher education sector; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

Hiring Range: $10,000 - $12,500 per month

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