Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A7036 / Faculty Research Support Offic
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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.


Leads, guides and facilitates the pre-award grant preparation and submission process. Advises and assists departments with process and compliance issues related to funding agency regulations and standards, and oversees adherence to University administrative, fiscal, and accounting policies and procedures related to grant proposals. Provides expert leadership in the areas of project planning and development, and strategic grants management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops and prepares complex technical documents, to include grant applications, planning grants, technical reports, project and status reports, and budget forecasts; writes and edits proposals and communication materials.
  2. Develops budgets and business plans for proposals and project efforts; reviews potential research projects and initiatives and develops appropriate funding strategies.
  3. Develops, prepares, analyzes and reviews grant budgets for compliance with policies, funding agency requirements, and appropriate accounting protocol and procedures.
  4. Provides advice and guidance to researchers and/or administrators on the application of grant funding policies, regulations, and procedures; serves as liaison between the university and funding agencies on various issues pertaining to proposals, awards, and/or budgets.
  5. Provides active leadership in the identification, solicitation, and cultivation of major funding agencies, to include State and Federal agencies, national laboratories, corporations, and foundations.
  6. Initiates, guides and facilitates the research of funding opportunities for the activities of the unit; maintains data on funding sources and a library of agency policies, procedures, and documentation.
  7. Advises and assists researchers and/or administrators in grant budgeting, and/or cost sharing requirements, and in the use of associated data management and reporting systems and processes.
  8. Provides leadership with respect to research development communication and the integration of individual unit research development strategies and activities into the overall University mission.
  9. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with principal investigators and other unit-based project teams, as identified.
  10. Uses specialized databases and systems to record and track grant proposals, awards, and related statistical information; creates and distributes standard and special reports, studies, summaries, and analyses, as required.
  11. Maintains knowledge of grant funding policies, regulations, and procedures; disseminates and/or presents changes to departments and advises on the implementation of changes, and on the impact of changes on funded operations.
  12. Coordinates, schedules, and facilitates related operational activities and events for the organization, as appropriate to the objectives of the position.
  13. Leads, coordinates, and/or provides support and training to lower level technical and/or support staff on a project basis, as appropriate to the position.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 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

  • Knowledge of federal, state and/or community funding sources and mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal and university regulations.
  • Advanced technical writing and editorial skills.
  • Research, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Technical leadership skills within area of expertise.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of effective grant funding processes, procedures, and techniques.
  • Strong strategic and operational business planning skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and professional leadership skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to lead projects and delegate work.
  • Knowledge of financial accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting principles, methods, techniques, and standards as applied within an academic environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and requirements of strategic research development within a public institution.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.

Conditions of Employment

  • 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.

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: 07/24/2020