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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A0106 / Rsrch Admin & Compliance Cnslt
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Serves as subject matter expert in the interpretation and negotiation of contracts/grant proposals and agreements. Provides high-level support pertaining to research compliance activities and functions. Facilitates the interpretation and implementation of administrative agency regulations, research policy, and standard operating procedures. Oversees and manages special projects related to sponsored research and compliance activities, including matters involving university officials, government agencies, and industry.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs in depth research and analysis in the areas of research administration and compliance, often involving novel and complex issues/processes.
  2. Provides expert consultation to core office staff in the coordination, facilitation, and negotiation of contracts, grants, and agreements on behalf of the institution.
  3. Supports the development and implementation process for research compliance strategies and action plans.
  4. Drafts and edits a wide variety of documents, such as memoranda, contract/grant proposals, unfunded agreements, compliance reports, administrative agency regulations, policy manuals, handbooks, and newsletters.
  5. Oversees special projects involving university officials, government agencies, and industry; may require the gathering of data, investigation of operational practices, and the implementation of process improvement strategies.
  6. Advises management on the implications of proposed and existing regulations, policies, and practices governing research in institutions of higher education (IHEs).
  7. Designs and delivers education/training curricula and plans in various formats on topics related to research administration and compliance.
  8. Keeps abreast of issues and developments in current/emerging issues in research administration and compliance by reading journals, attending professional conferences, and maintains effective communication with colleagues nationwide.
  9. Represents the university in activities involving funding agencies, regulatory bodies, and other external entities.
  10. May serve on various boards, committees, and operating groups, both internally and externally.
  11. May oversee and lead multiple services, programs, initiatives, and/or operating groups as required by management.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strategic planning skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
  • Knowledge of the goals, objectives, structure and operations of a major public university.
  • Ability to resolve complex problems and issues.
  • Advanced knowledge of all functions and operations related sponsored projects.
  • Ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic leadership, faculty, community leadership, and funding agencies.
  • Ability to apply judgment and make decisions affecting functions or procedures.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Ability to lead and train staff.
  • Knowledge and understanding of institutional policies and procedures and the regulatory environment within which they operate.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017