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Research Project Manager 2 Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75046
  • Pay Grade: P9
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior
  • Family: Finance & Business Operations
  • Function: Research Administration


This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing research projects. Plans and implements research projects including coordinating the development of project scope, goals, work plans, timelines, strategies and assessing progress towards project objectives. Provides researchers with resources, training, and governance in support of the project.

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of areas typically obtained through higher education combined with experience.  Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.  May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy.  Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of various project management methodologies (such as, PMI, agile/scrum).
  • Experience in proposal development, including adherence to sponsor guidelines and solicitation requirements.
  • Experience building and monitoring budgets.
  • Experience in sponsored project administration.
  • Knowledge of applicable university policies, rules and regulations.
  • Experience with Intellectual Property (IP) law compliance and administration.
  • Knowledge of and experience with computers and software applications, including project management tools.
  • Knowledge of and experience in technical writing and presentation development.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Research Project Manager 2 must:

  • Project management of awarded projects and contracts in areas with little to no existing project support.
  • Monitor account activity, tracking budgets, prepare reports and work with campus researchers, administrators and sponsors on updates, necessary adjustments and periodic reporting.
  • Work with and resolve issues for a diverse research community, including faculty, administrators, campus leadership, sponsors and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate through team meetings and formal presentations in order to effectively convey to diverse audiences program information, including project updates, reports, promoting the Project Management Initiative and providing training to the campus research community.
  • Proposal development:  work with campus research community, Research Development and Office of Sponsored Programs’ Pre-Award teams to identify appropriate funding opportunities and help develop high-quality proposals.
  • Search for funding opportunities and facilitate the pre-award process.
  • Develop accessible on-line, project management resources.
  • Provide and/or facilitate training and support to the campus research community.


35% of Time the Research Project Manager 2

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Research Project Manager 2

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Occasional travel for attendance at meetings, conferences and/or training sessions.  Travel may include overnight stays.

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.