The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks a Director of Administration. The Director of Administration will be responsible for ICPSR's core administrative activities, including financial management, sponsored research support, human resources, facilities, and the management of the administrative staff, and will serve as part of ICPSR's senior leadership team.
ICPSR is an international consortium of more than 775 academic institutions and research organizations. ICPSR's mission includes maintaining the world's largest social science data archive, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and data science, and carrying out a range of educational activities including the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. The organization has 15 research faculty, 95 professional staff, and annual operating revenues of $15 million. Revenues derive from a combination membership fees and external research grants and contracts.
There are seven principal duties of the position:
To provide operational oversight of the financial management of ICPSR. This includes the planning and execution of the ICPSR budget; oversight of all financial overhead expenditures; maintenance of all overhead and hardship accounts; approval of travel, contractual, and consultant agreements; expertise in financial reporting tools; recommendation for allocation for ICPSR investments to be encumbered for future obligations; participation with the ISR administrative leadership in developing and operating financial and administrative information systems.
To provide development support and operational oversight of ICPSR's externally sponsored projects. This includes support for the development of sponsored research and contract proposals, post-award support of research grants, contracts, and other funding mechanisms used by ICPSR's faculty, and increasing the knowledge and capacity of the research administration staff to support a variety of highly competitive proposals.
To advise the Director and Associate Director on key strategic financial and operational issues. This involves working collaboratively with the Director, Associate Director, and leadership team in developing strategic and tactical plans related to the administrative management of ICPSR.
To coordinate human resource activities, in conjunction with ISR. This includes maintaining procedures for all human resource activities (employment, reclassification, compensation, discipline, and training); assisting the Director in research faculty recruitment; maintaining ICPSR's performance management system; developing the strategy and execution of regular, temporary, and contingent employee classification and compensation; coordinating diversity activities and initiatives.
To coordinate facility operations, in conjunction with ISR. This includes the allocation and improvement of space for the various research programs.
To supervise the ICPSR Administration staff. The ICPSR Administrative staff consists of a Budgeting/Finance team, a Grants/Contracts team, a Senior Administrative Assistant, and temporary staff.
To participate in ICPSR leadership to foster an inclusive, innovative organization.
Bachelor's degree in social science, business, finance, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
5-7 years supervisory experience
Significant and progressive experience in supporting the mission of complex research or other operations
Sophisticated knowledge of funding agency policies and procedures
Demonstrated competencies in the use of quantitative methods for the identification and solution of operational, financial, and administrative problems
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability and commitment to develop and support a diverse workforce and inclusive organization
Experience in resource management (recruiting, career development, performance administration, budget planning and execution, leadership, fostering a collegial environment)
Demonstrated ability to productively handle ambiguity and uncertainty in a complex and fast paced environment.
Knowledge of administrative policies and practices in a university, non-profit, or government setting
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff
Experience in sponsored research administration
Salary Range is $120,000- $160,000/year, commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain 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.
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.