The Jackson Laboratory

Director, Sponsored Research Administration

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/9/2020 4:45 PM)
Job ID
Research Administration


The Jackson Laboratory is hiring for a Director, Sponsored Research Administration at our beautiful Bar Harbor, ME headquarters!  This role oversees all functions of The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) Sponsored Research Administration Office and is responsible for all pre-award and post-award activities and project accounting for JAX research grants and contracts.

The essential responsibilities include leadership of a team of approximately 30 individuals at two sites; oversight of submission of grant proposals, including the coordination of all scientific and administrative reviews; administrative management of institutional grants; administration of all pre-award and post-award activities including budget oversight of grants; oversight of all sponsored technical reporting, accounting and relevant compliance requirements (in conjunction with the Corporate Controller’s office); coordination of financial analytic support to faculty and senior management.


Position provides information and counsel to the faculty and research staff on research program management and planning and to JAX senior leadership on strategic, administrative, financial, and resource allocation issues related to sponsored research.


  • Oversight of Sponsored Research Administration
  • Strategic planning, reporting and financial analysis
  • Research program oversight
  • Stewardship of sponsored funds
  • Research analytics and business intelligence


  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance or related field.  A minimum of (7) years of professional experience in sponsored research in a university/research setting is required.  Preferred qualifications:  Master's degree; Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation.
  • Demonstrated pre- and post- award financial management experience including proposal development and post- award management. Familiarity with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements. Extensive experience interpreting and applying federal and state research guidelines, policies and practices and complex sponsor requirements and recommending actions and resolving complex issues.
  • Possess a broad working knowledge of Federal funding agencies; deep knowledge of NIH and DOD funding is particularly valuable. Must have a familiarity with the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Uniform Guidance, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulations and audit requirements.
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills, ability to work under pressure with constantly changing priorities and deadlines. On time delivery of assignments.
  • Advanced skills in the procurement and use of sponsored research IT systems is required.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience is required. Must possess the ability to lead and motivate others across multiple campuses and a diverse organization toward the accomplishment of shared goals in support of the Laboratory’s mission.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of SRA’s constituencies, including administrators, faculty, staff, governmental agencies, and other prospective funding sources.
  • Excellent professional written and verbal skills, as well as critical problem solving skills.
  • A demonstrated history of fostering a culture of excellent customer service.
  • Ability to travel 20% of time.


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