Research Administration Manager/Research Administrator Lead/Research Administrator Senior

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for positions described in this posting and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your areas of interest and qualifications within the range of opportunities described. Apply here.


The Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) is an international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection and analysis of data, especially data from scientific sample surveys. SRC conducts some of the most widely cited and influential studies in the world. SRC also advances the scientific method of social research through teaching and training.  SRC research faculty specialize in cutting-edge theory and research on key questions facing society including: retirement, aging, health disparities, poverty, teacher effectiveness, substance abuse, fertility and families, the effectiveness of interventions on drug use, and the role of social networks over the life course.

The Survey Research Center seeks dynamic research administrators to join its network of research administration professionals for opportunities at the Research Administration Manager, Research Administrator Lead, and Research Administrator Senior levels.  We seek:

  • Research Administration Managers responsible for oversight, leadership, and supervision of other research administrators and administrative staff in large program or multiple-program settings. Positions report to research faculty.
  • Research Administrator Leads/Seniors responsible for assigned pre- and post-award activities within a large program or multiple-program setting. Supervision is received from Research Administration Managers.


What You’ll Do

If you join the SRC, you will become an integral part of a high functioning network of research administration professionals with broad responsibilities/expectations for managing pre- and post-award activities in support of the center’s overall research enterprise and its research faculty.

Based on the best match with your qualifications and interests, responsibilities include (position dependent):


  • Ensure the timely submission of complex proposals to various federal (e.g., NIH, NSF) and non-federal sponsors.
  • Coordinate the submission of complex multi-PI, multi-component, and Center (e.g., P50) grants.
  • Advise and assist in the development of the budget, budget justification, facilities, and other non-technical sections of proposals.
  • Prepare the PAF and route internally within ISR and in eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM),, NIH ASSIST, and or other sponsor systems.
  • Respond to just-in-time documents or other sponsor requested information.
  • Provide guidance on University, sponsor, and ISR guidelines.
  • Maintain information needed for research faculty bios, vitas, and other support documents, as well as other sponsor required administrative documents.


  • Provide post-award accounting and administrative/financial oversight for complex grants and contracts.
  • Establish sub-project grants and subcontract requests.
  • Monitor faculty and staff effort across multiple projects to minimize retroactive appointment and/or timesheet changes.
  • Maintain complex projections and updates on financial status of projects to PIs, project directors, and/or research administrator lead or manager.
  • Ensure compliance with Uniform Guidance (UG), all applicable funding agency, university, and ISR/SRC guidelines.
  • Monitor for budget revisions, effort changes, carry forward requests, and no cost extensions on grants.
  • Prepare and route Award Change Requests (ACR) for review and approval.
  • Prepare RPPRs, FSRs, and other reports due to sponsors.

Other Responsibilities (Research Administration Manager/Research Administrator Lead)

  • Serve as IRB specialist and assist in the preparation of IRB’s for PI review and approval
  • Serve as primary point of contact on staff human resources actions such as staffing and effort planning, classifications, compensation, hiring and training, onboarding, performance planning, evaluations, and discipline.
  • Manage programmatic space, including assignments, moves, renovations, and annual space survey
  • Serve as an internal resource/expert on research-related topics.
  • Lead continuous process improvement efforts including enhanced tools and best practice processes and procedures.
  • Represent SRC to the Institute, university, sponsors, and the research community.

The above statements are intended to describe the broad framework of responsibilities and areas of expertise available rather than an exhaustive list of duties. Interested applicants will be matched to specific opportunities based on expressed areas of interest and qualifications.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree and 5 or more years (Manager – 7 or more; Lead – 6 or more; Senior – 5 or more) of progressive grant and contract experience, preferable in an academic environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience managing federal grants including research performance progress reports (RPPRs), eRA Commons, or similar sponsor systems
  • Considerable and progressive knowledge of funding agency policies and procedures
  • Proven ability to work well with others especially under pressure of deadlines
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Proven analytic problem solver
  • Advanced skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities effectively
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Evidence of administrative independence and judgement (Required for Manager and Lead)

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of UM financial practices, policies, procedures, and regulation regarding sponsored programs and contracts administration
  • PEERRS certification
  • University of Michigan Navigate training
  • Research Administrator certification from an accredited organization

Work Locations

This position will be on-site at the University of Michigan offices in Ann Arbor, with flexible scheduling and remote opportunities as made available within our overall Center policies.

Underfill Statement

These openings may be filled at the Research Administration Manager, Research Administrator Lead or Research Administrator Senior level depending on match with opportunity and qualifications.

  • Positions at the Research Administration Manager level will be filled at the $90,000-$105,000 salary range.
  • Positions at the Research Administrator Lead level will be filled at the $80,000-$95,000 salary range.
  • Positions at the Research Administrator Senior level will be filled at the $70,000 – $85,000 range.

Additional Information

Institute for Social Research job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to employ a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Timeline and Process

Candidates will be matched to positions based on interest areas and qualifications as described in the cover letter and resume. Interviews will be conducted with a broad representation of research administrators within SRC and ISR. Initial interviews will be held remotely with in-person interviews planned for finalists.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions after the first year
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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