Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A5006 / Coord,Research
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

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.


Coordinates and administers a funded research study/activity or group of associated activities. Assists in project planning, and ensures that pre-established work scope, study protocol, and regulatory requirements are followed. Establishes and maintains budgets and fiscal controls for the project, and assists in the development of grant proposals. Recruits and coordinates research subjects, as appropriate, and serves as principle administrative liaison for the project. Oversees and coordinates the provision of administrative and staff services to investigators; develops and maintains recordkeeping systems and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans and coordinates the initiation of research study protocol, and the establishment of operating policies and procedures.
  2. Plans, implements, and maintains data collection and analysis systems in support of research protocol; may coordinate the collection and analysis of research data.
  3. Coordinates the procurement and disposition of research facilities and/or equipment; establishes and coordinates logistical arrangements for research subjects and outreach activities, as appropriate to the study.
  4. Recruits, instructs, and coordinates research subjects and/or volunteers, as appropriate to specific study objectives and workscope.
  5. Ensures the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of research and data collection activities; acts as the primary administrative point of contact for internal research staff and as the principle operational liaison for other research organizations, funding agencies and regulating bodies.
  6. Coordinates the day-to-day activities of technical support staff specifically engaged in the carrying out of research/clinical protocol, as appropriate to the position; may perform aspects of research protocol, as required, in accordance with specified program objectives.
  7. Provides administrative and fiscal support to investigators and research staff; establishes budgets and financial reporting procedures, and monitors and controls expenditure.
  8. Plans and coordinates the staffing of research studies, to include the recruitment and administration of research support staff, as appropriate to the activity.
  9. Assists in the development and writing of grant proposals and/or business plans for specific research projects.
  10. Oversees and coordinates the provision of support services to investigators and researchers.
  11. Monitors the progress of research activities; develops and maintains records of research activities, and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports, as required by investigators, administrators, funding agencies, and/or regulatory bodies.
  12. Organizes and facilitates meetings, conferences, and other events associated with research activities; may perform and/or coordinate outreach activities, as appropriate to research objectives.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year 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

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the operational, logistical, and administrative requirements of laboratory, medical, and/or field research studies.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to develop and implement recruitment plans.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of procurement rules and regulations.
  • Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect, maintain, and analyze data.
  • Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing, verifying, and manipulating research data.
  • Ability to format and generate summary, statistical, and presentation reports.
  • Ability to lead and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to analyze, develop, establish, and maintain efficient office work flow and administrative processes.
  • Knowledge of human resources administration principles and practices.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check. Additional health screenings may be required, dependent on the nature of the research conducted, as determined by Employee Occupational Health Services.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and subject to the terms and conditions of the US-UNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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: 05/02/2021