Assistant/Associate Director of Research Administration

The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary
The Knight Campus Assistant/Associate Director of Research Administration (ADRA) serves as a member of the leadership team and provides vision, support, and leadership on all matters related to pre-and post-award administration of sponsored projects, innovation/entrepreneurship administration, and special research project management. This includes overseeing all activities related to the full lifecycle of sponsored projects administration including identification of funding sources, proposal submission, contract negotiation, sub-award issuance, and post-award administration (both financial and non-financial) related to funding provided in the form of gifts, grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts from external/internal funding sources that provide support for research in the Knight Campus. Additionally, the ADRA will build-out, test, and implement new workflows, processes, policies, and protocols for the Knight Campus research administration portfolio.

The ADRA will ensure all Knight Campus sponsored projects are managed in compliance with agency and university requirements, will coordinate and respond to internal and external audits of award-related transactions and reporting, and will manage the development of trainings and orientation on a variety of research administration topics for Knight Campus PIs.

This ADRA provides leadership for outstanding customer service at all levels of the organization, balancing service with compliance. This position will identify goals for future organizational performance in research administration and in supervising the growing research administration team, will oversee assignment of tasks to personnel and assess workload as appropriate. The ADRA will communicate goals to employees and inspire employees to achieve the Knight Campus mission. Additionally, this position exercises authority for unit policy and procedures and operational decisions regarding research and innovation administration for the Knight Campus.

This opening will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Director level based on finalist qualifications and experience.

Contact Information

University of Oregon - Knight Campus



1505 Franklin Blvd

Eugene, OR 97403


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Compliance
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

$80,000 -

  • Full Time