Washington University of St. Louis Office of Faculty and Research Affairs in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Office of Faculty and Research Affairs. This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


Reporting to the Associate Dean for Faculty & Research, the Manager of Research Affairs manages a proposal development team, including coordination and compilation of reports of office activities. In addition, the Manager of Research Affairs is responsible for providing research and analysis to inform interim, annual, and long range strategic planning for sponsored research activity at the Brown School and proactively identifies and investigates options for new funding mechanisms. The Manager will work collaboratively with the Associate Dean for Administration (ADA) and the Director of Financial Operations on strategic planning and sponsored research projections.


  1. Manage and direct the day-to-day organization and functioning of the proposal development team, including the coordination and compliance of reports of office activities.
  2. Full authority and responsibility to direct and supervise staff.
  3. Develop and implement policies, procedures and processes designed to improve planning, decision making, and office effectiveness.
  4. Supervise proposal budget development for submissions.
  5. Oversee large-scale grant transfers, inter-departmental proposal submissions, and other collaborative research activities.
  6. Manages submission for all grant proposals for the Brown School
  7. Develop a strategic compliance plan for research development. Coordinate, monitor, analyze and enforce regulatory compliance requirements that relate to externally funded research and training at the Brown School.
  8. Develop and maintain relationships with staff of primary funding constituencies around regulatory compliance issues and our externally funded research activity.
  9. Assure that required grant and contract reports related to compliance, subcontracting, terminations, and closeouts are submitted in accordance with sponsor guidelines.
  10. Point of contact for the University Office of Sponsored Research Services in relation to regulatory compliance issues.
  11. Provide direction to anticipate and guide the short-range and long-range planning process for Brown School sponsored research activity.
  12. In conjunction with the ADA and the Director of Financial Operations, contribute to the school’s budgeting process in regards to research funding for the school.
  13. Research, analysis and preparation of reports to determine future strategic direction, accountability and effectiveness. Analyze grant portfolios of prospective faculty candidates to determine alignment with the School’s research objectives.
  14. Assess risk and strategic impact of proposed sponsored projects activity.
  15. Identify, implement and manage new funding mechanisms and structures, including relationships with new government entities and private agencies, and multiple funding streams for planned institutional initiatives.
  16. Oversee the maintenance, and streamlining of systems and procedures used to track research efforts and compliance requirements.
  17. Establish key metrics for assessing effectiveness of identified processes and systems.
  18. Design and review data-driven reports and dashboard systems for use by the Dean, Associate Dean for Administration and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in assessing the School’s effectiveness in meeting its overall research objectives.
  19. Oversee and provide guidance, communications, and training for staff, faculty and administrators related to compliance requirements for research.
  20. Provide consultation to staff, faculty, and students related to research compliance.
  21. Anticipate training related to Brown School researchers’ emerging compliance needs and identify opportunities to meet those needs.
  22. Interface with Washington University offices regarding research.
  23. Represent the school externally to sponsors and peers on research compliance inquiries and issues.
  24. Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in a university based research environment, with three to five years’ experience as a supervisor, exercising a high degree of autonomy and using skills in planning, initiative and problem solving.
  • Knowledge of proposal development, submission, award and management processes, policies, and procedures related to research grants and contracts.
  • Knowledge of financial management software and tools, outstanding quantitative and professional writing experience, reporting skills and experience working with diverse professional staff required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business administration or related field.
  • Working knowledge of Social Work and/or Public Health research.
  • Demonstrated records and database skills, and ability to facilitate the research efforts of faculty.
  • Excellent skills in attention to detail, locating and interpreting information related to requirements and policies.
  • Proofreading and editing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both in person and on the telephone.
  • Ability to be effective in a high-pressured environment and to meet deadlines.
  • Very good oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in the use of software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize changing needs and work under pressure.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of autonomy, using strategic skills in staff planning, initiative and problem solving.
  • Ability to work with different constituencies in the University and external agencies, public and private.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)

Applicant Special Instructions

Cover letter required.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Manager, Research Affairs - Office of Faculty and Research Affairs - 39697

Job ID: 39697

Location: School of Social Work

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular