Research Administration Senior Manager – Panel Study of Income Dynamics

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and experience that directly relate to it. See UM Careers for more details and to apply.


The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world collecting economic, social, and demographic data from U.S. adults since 1968 (See website here). The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized the PSID as one of the 60 most significant advances funded by NSF in its 60-year history. The PSID and its related suite of projects is located within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). We seek an experienced and dynamic Research Administration Senior Manager to join our research support and administrative teams. The senior manager is responsible for the complete administrative research process including pre- and post-award activities, fiscal and human resource management, oversight of all general administrative processes and procedures, compliance, and supervision of the administrative staff.


Include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative leadership to the PSID research program.
  • Lead and direct pre- and post-award activities related to federal grant proposals and submissions.
  • Prepare and/or supervise the preparation of proposal final budgets, budget justifications, facilities documentation, and all sponsor and related forms as need.
  • Oversee and supervise staff to monitor, reconcile, report, and advise on a wide variety of sponsored and non-sponsored accounts to provide reliable and timely information to PIs.
  • Direct the establishment of new projects, subawards, internal subaccounts, establishment of subcontract agreements, carryover requests as well as formal correspondence with sponsors for PI submission.
  • Oversee encumbrances, forecasting, analyzing activity and variances, ensuring the appropriateness of expenses, and providing guidance accordingly.
  • Oversee the processing of closeouts, progress reports, and no-cost time extension requests to sponsors.
  • Provide oversight and manage non-sponsored budgets, faculty allocations, and the overall PSID research program budget.
  • Serve as IRB specialist and provide guidance to faculty and staff. Assist in preparation of IRB’s for PI review and submission.
  • Recommend, review, and advise on human resources actions such as staffing and effort planning, classifications, compensation, hiring and training, onboarding, performance planning, evaluations, and discipline.
  • Train and develop staff on research-related topics as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion-related topics.
  • Manage programmatic space, including assignments, moves, renovations, and annual space survey.
  • Lead continuous process improvement efforts, documenting and updating best practice processes and procedures, ensuring alignment with SRC, ISR and university policies and procedures.
  • Represent PSID to the Center, Institute, as well as to the university, sponsors and research community.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and seven or more years of grant experience, preferably in an academic environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience managing federal grants including research performance progress reports (RPPRs), eRA Commons, eResearch, Fastlane, or similar 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
  • Evidence of administrative independence and judgement
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities effectively
  • Excellent organization, verbal, written, and interpersonal skills are required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with large-scale, multi-funded projects
  • PEERRS certification.
  • RAIN and Foundations of Supervision training.
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA)

Underfill Statement

This position will be filled at the senior salary range of $90,000-$120,000. Candidates with lesser experience are encouraged to apply and may be considered if the primary goal is not met. Lesser-experienced candidates will be reviewed at the Research Administrator Lead title at a salary range of $80,000-$90,000.

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.

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

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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