Research Program Manager


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Pathology

Job Title:  Research Program Manager

Position # 00813269  – Requisition #31126

Job Summary:

The Department of Pathology is excited to recruit a motivated candidate who will fill the role of Research Program Manager. The successful candidate will oversee research program administration, operational support and post-award financial management of grants and contracts. The candidate will be appointed to the Department of Pathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

The candidate will work with and be supervised by the Vice Chair for Research. The candidate will assume the role of Research Program Manager within a highly collaborative and exciting multi-disciplinary team of approximately 22 full time faculty members who perform translational cancer research. 

This position will interact with faculty, laboratory personnel, department administration, HR coordinators, and IT personnel on a regular basis. Effective, pro-active communication will be necessary across departmental and central administration lines. Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of faculty and staff and receive mentoring from multiple levels of administration. Self-motivated to complete tasks and work ahead on projects, even in the absence of supervisors. This position will assist the Vice-Chair of Research and Director of Finance and Administration with monitoring the integrity of Grant and Contract management accounting process in order to ensure that financial processes are maintained in an accurate and timely manner. The Research Manager will act as a resource to faculty, and staff within the Department of Pathology to keep them informed of financial and administrative matters, and maintain proper compliance. This position is also responsible for the recording, analyzing and maintaining of paper and electronic financial records. The candidate will take part in departmental functions including retreats, symposiums, etc.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Will supervise one or more research professionals to meet the goals of managing the research section’s grants, contracts, and equipment.

Assist the Vice Chair for Research and Principal Investigators

  • Scheduling and agenda for research faculty meetings
  • Conference and meeting planning
  • Assist with organizing annual research retreat
  • Preparation of forms, correspondence and other materials on behalf of the Vice Chair and designated PIs
  • Assist the Vice Chair and Equipment committee with keeping service contracts up to date

Research Program Management and Development 

  • Maintain detailed understanding of PI’s current project portfolio including grants, personnel, etc
  • Maintain current files on all grant and contract awards
  • Financial data analysis and creation of research dashboard

Fiscal Management

  • Work efficiently with Director of Finance Administration and team to implement sound and timely fiscal management of research projects
  • Maintain knowledge of UC SOM and funding agency policies
  • Maintain up to date files on all awarded/funded contracts and grants
  • Track monthly expenses and other accounting activity including salary distribution and percent effort
  • Review funding allocations on a monthly basis with PI and address budgetary issues and changes as needed
  • Create customized monthly reports that concisely itemize, interpret and compare expenditure relative to budget, balances and encumbrances on a monthly basis.
  • Prepare and submit journal entries (JE) and payroll expense transfers (PET)
  • Communicate with PI on any and all issues regarding grants and contracts administration.

 Work Location:

Hybrid – this role is eligible for a hybrid schedule of 3 days per week on campus and as needed for in-person meetings.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Pathology research unit is a cohesive group of faculty working towards improving cancer knowledge and treatment. The applicant will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, students, fellows, and a team of departmental administrative professionals and to be involved in the direction and success of the research programs. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. 

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

 Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or other closely related field.
  • Four years extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience analyzing and reconciling complex accounting information and financial statements.
  • Demonstrated experience working in (Excel), Microsoft Office and Outlook, Google documents, and Adobe Acrobat including preparing forms.
  • Experience working with University of Colorado Systems (ex. PeopleSoft HCM and FIS, Concur, etc.).

Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or other closely related field.
  • Two (2) years extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience analyzing and reconciling complex accounting information and financial statements.
  • Two (2) or more years of professional, progressively responsible experience in project management and analyzing and reconciling complex accounting information and financial statements.
  • Experience working with University of Colorado Systems (ex. PeopleSoft HCM and FIS, Concur, etc.).
  • Experience with fund accounting.
  • Experience working with standard accounting policies and procedures.
  • Higher education budget management, modeling and forecasting experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and fund accounting standards for higher education institutions.
  • Ability to tolerate a high degree of ambiguity yet works effectively to fulfill the mission, goals and objectives of the department.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, in both written and verbal format, with a variety of people, including faculty and administrators, staff and affiliates.
  • Ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment, identify and set priorities for self and others, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. 

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

1.     A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position

2.     Curriculum vitae / Resume

3.     Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Questions should be directed to: Matt Bilby, 

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. 

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as - $67,864-$86,324

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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 ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at‚Äč.

 Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program


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Department of Pathology
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Background Information

Years of Experience
  • College/University
  • Business Manager
  • Department Administrator
  • Finance, Operations
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Authorized to work in the US
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Target Job Information

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as - $67,864-$86,
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  • Full Time