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Manager, Research Administration

Apply now Job no: 493855
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance, Grants Management, Sponsored Programs/Grants and Contracts, Research


The Center for Social Science Scholarship (CS3) is a dynamic college-wide social science research center at UMBC, a newly designated Research 1 university in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions. 

CS3 supports and strengthens social science research, teaching and community and professional engagement and enhances the future of innovative, collaborative, cross- and interdisciplinary and cutting edge social science scholarship at UMBC.

The Research Administration Division (RAD) of CS3 assists faculty and departments in obtaining funding for research, providing pre- and post-award administration, and linking the analytical resources of the university with policymakers in the state and region.

Position Overview:

The Manager of Research Administration is responsible for pre- and post-award administration of grants with an emphasis on proposal development and routing. The incumbent will also oversee grant-related payroll and monitor and reconcile award-related finances.

Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation.  This role starts at $65,000 and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.

What is it like to work at UMBC?  Check out Glassdoor or Indeed. And read about our recent award, UMBC is a 2021 Great College to Work for…. In every category.


A hybrid telework schedule may be available for Maryland residents. 


This position is essential to research success within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) and UMBC as a whole. The incumbent will support CAHSS faculty by providing pre- and post-award grant administration services. There are many components to overseeing a grant, including proposal development and submission, project monitoring, project administration (budget and finance), coordination and support. The incumbent will be responsible for managing all of these components.

Required Minimum Qualifications:


Requires a Bachelor's degree preferably in Business, Finance or related area.

Three years of research administration or related experience.


Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Master’s Degree in Business, Finance or a related field
  • Six years of research administration experience, especially with NIH proposals and awards
  • Experience in higher education preferred
  • Supervisory experience is preferred
  • Ability to work with various software technologies, such as PeopleSoft Financial and Human Resources and Kuali is strongly desired
  • CRA or research related certification preferred
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter and a resume.  

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

UMBC offers a rich benefits package.

Regular and grant funded regular positions (Full benefits summary click here):

Generous Leave which includes accruing:

  • 22 Days of Annual Leave  
  • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
  • 15 Holidays
  • 3 Personal Days

Tuition Remission:

  • 8 credit hours per semester
  • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

Additional Benefits:

  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement plans (including the choice of joining the pension plan)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Wellness opportunities
  • & Much more

Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 

Salary: Salary starts at $65,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time 
Type: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled

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