Research Grants Project Manager


Job Summary
Uses advanced contracts and grants concepts to manage high volume and high complexity transactions. May review and guide others in the review of financial and administrative management requirements of research contracts and grant proposals, awards, and/or transactions to ensure compliance with institutional and sponsor policies. Works independently to assess complex grant, contract, and subcontract transactions where analysis requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. May be eligible for delegated signature authority. May review and sign transactions for less experienced staff. May serve as a technical specialist in a particular area, such as federal contracts, state contracts, subcontracts, or information systems. Central Role (CR): Typically works on highly complex proposals and awards such as grants/contracts which require task budgets, option years, multiple investigators, and multiple sub-awards. Is eligible for delegated authority.

The Research Grants Project Manager will be responsible for a diverse portfolio of sponsored projects in a new and growing intercampus (UCSF/UC Berkeley) Augmented Graduate Group that functions like a department. The portfolio will include projects across various federal agencies, foundations,s, private philanthropic sponsors, and a range of contracts and agreements. This requires a breadth and depth of experience in sponsored project administration, including on complex projects that may include: multi-campus awards; institutional cost-sharing; significant volume of sub-awards, fellowship awards, multi-project grants, and grants or contracts with task budgets/option years.
The Research Grants Project Manager will provide fiscal management on the full range of sponsored projects.
Additionally, the incumbent will partner with CPH leadership to provide training grant pre-award analysis, support, and post-award administration.

The position will support a small group of stellar CPH “Type 1” Faculty and will be an integral member of our growing, dynamic intercampus team focused on mission-driven program growth and development. CPH is also committed to growing the capabilities of our team members and supporting their development in an inclusive environment.

The position will provide essential guidance and expertise to CPH leadership, and faculty as they ramp up their research programs in an exciting, dynamic new program. The role will also serve as a liaison between parallel partner offices at UCSF and UC Berkeley, including the Office of Sponsored Research (UCSF), Sponsored Projects Office (UCB), Offices of Contracts and Grants, Offices of Audit and Advisory Services, and other central offices.

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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) seek a motivated, innovative thinker to serve as the Research Grants Project Manager for the UCSF UC Berkeley Joint Program in Computational Precision Health (CPH).

CPH leverages the world leadership in computer science, engineering and statistics at UC Berkeley, clinical care, research and informatics at UCSF, and population health at both institutions to transform personal and public health through computation. Our mission is to apply computation to real-world settings to prevent disease, improve prognosis, and reduce health inequities. CPH’s novel bi-campus departmental structure blends over 50 top computational and health faculty from both institutions into a singular unparalleled intellectual community, and recruits new world-class faculty into joint appointments at both UCSF and UCB. The deep partnership with UCSF Health provides a real-world laboratory for testing and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) tools in clinical practice and beyond to public health. Graduate programs that bridge the two campuses will train a new class of talent to think and live at the intersection of health and computation, providing an engine for innovations and a powerful draw for the best faculty in the world.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related area and 5+ years of related experience and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Extensive knowledge of program administration guidelines of Federal and non-federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to the use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc.
  • Ability to perform highly complex financial analysis and customized reporting, and present to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated advanced competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management, and financial reports.
  • Excellent communication skills, and client service orientation. Ability to bring people and processes together across departments and institutions.
  • Ability to maintain independent judgment; ability to seek information from many sources to solve problems.
  • Maintains knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional, and departmental policies. Knowledge of current compliance regulations in all areas of research administration.
  • Ability to interpret policy for others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal, and reporting principles.
  • Experience with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements.
  • Full knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation, Code of Federal Regulations, sponsor-specific policies, intellectual property policy, conflict of interest requirements, publication rights, application of indirect cost rates, and other complex concepts in research administration.
  • Advanced knowledge of effective grant funding processes, procedures, and techniques
  • Advanced ability to train on grant writing and other communications skills in a variety of styles to ensure securing grant funding required.
  • Relevant work within the University of California (UC) pre-or post-award
  • Familiarity with computer science and technology grant proposals

About UCSF
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

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  • Hospital
  • Grants and Contracts
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