Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L8008 / Dir,Research Admin/UNMCCC
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 17
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.


Plans and directs the administration of all research (community/population, laboratory, translational, clinical) and programmatic activities and initiatives (internal and external) undertaken by the UNMCCC. Ensures compliance with all federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) research administration guidelines and standards, as well as guidelines associated with other large programmatic research projects. In addition, ensures compliance with all funding agency guidelines, procedural standards, and reporting requirements. Manages all fiscal, human resources, and general administrative activities within the research areas of the UNMCCC. Provides advanced professional/technical leadership, consultation, and expertise within the Research Administration area of focus, as well as day-to-day administrative and functional management of the program's activities and staff. Serves as a member of the UNMCCC Senior Leadership team and develops strategic plans and sets strategic direction for the UNMCCC overall.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  2. Oversees the administration of all facets of major research grants and clinical trials contracts assigned to the UNMCCC, ensuring compliance with all funding agency guidelines, procedural standards, and reporting requirements.
  3. Creates and implements research tracking and reporting strategies and systems for major grant-funded projects; provides integrated informatics support across all research and clinical trials components of the UNMCCC.
  4. Oversees all facets of the daily operations of the organizational unit, ensuring compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, policies, and operating agreements.
  5. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  6. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  7. Oversees and coordinates the preparation of comprehensive research activity and operational reports for senior UNMCCC leadership; provides expert guidance regarding research operations and compliance.
  8. Provides comprehensive advice, consulation, and facilitation to UNMCCC-based researchers on all aspects of grant preparation and submission, and preparation and submission of RFI's and RFP's.
  9. Works with other UNMCCC leaders to develop annual and competitive NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) grant applications and reports.
  10. Oversees center-wide strategic planning and the conduct of strategic meetings, retreats, and External Scientific Advisory Board meetings.
  11. Works directly with the UNMCCC Director & CEO and other senior and center leaders to develop and oversee internal and external collaborative initiatives; serves as a member of the UNMCCC Senior Leadership team.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master'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

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information effectively to groups.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to develop and implement complex data tracking and reporting instruments, systems, and procedures.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of Federal, State, and University regulations, guidelines, and policies covering contracting and granting process for public institutions.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the P-30 CCSG grant and its various guidelines, requirements, and standards.
  • Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and ethical considerations surrounding the conduct of biomedical and/or human research.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of sound principles, methods, systems, and processes for controlled clinical trials involving human subjects.
  • Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and management skills.
  • Ability to interpret business and operational needs and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Strategic planning and performance measurement skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of human and/or animal research policies, regulations, procedures, and standards, as applied to IRB and compliance operations.
  • Knowledge of grant preparation and government agency program, contract, budgeting, and procurement requirements.
  • Organizational planning, structuring, and staffing skills.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • 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: 09/23/2020