Departmental Research Administration (DRA) Manager


Portland State University is looking to hire a Departmental Research Administration Manager in the office of Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), the centralized administrative unit responsible for the oversight and management of external funding received in the form of grants and contracts for research and other scholarly activity.


The DRA Manager leads a team of Departmental Research Administrators responsible for providing financial and budget administration support to Principal Investigators of sponsored projects. In addition to supervising, training, and mentoring DRAs and managing the team’s workload, the DRA Manager resolves complex issues escalated from other team members and works to ensure the fulfillment of post-award obligations, compliance and commitments. The DRA Manager serves as member of the expanded SPA leadership team responsible for providing consistent levels of training and support to SPA staff.


This position requires a BA/BS with 3+ years of related experience; a Master’s or other advanced degree in a related or relevant field may substitute for years of related experience. The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $69,876 and $80,904, depending upon qualifications and experience. Remote and hybrid work schedules are available.


An ideal candidate would have experience in sponsored projects administration at an institution of higher education as well as supervisory experience.


If interested, please apply for Position No. D93039 by following the application instructions at the following link:


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the position is filled.


PSU is undergoing a reorganization of our research administration office. Check out for other open positions in our office, including Agreements Specialist, Grants Specialist, Post-Award Analyst, and more. All positions are eligible for remote and hybrid work schedules.

Contact Information

Portland State University
First Name
Sponsored Projects
Last Name
Contact Email
Contact URL

Background Information

4-Year Degree
Years of Experience
  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Research Administrator/Manager
Work Authorization
Authorized to work in the US
Security Clearance

Target Job Information

Job Type
  • Full Time