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Employment Opportunities

Program Manager, Funding Ops & Limited Submissions (7398U) #26609 (at UC Berkeley)

Updated on March 21, 2019

Within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Berkeley Research Development Office (BRDO) is a diverse team of experts that works with faculty and research units across campus, with a mission of helping to increase research funding while decreasing faculty burden in applying for it. BRDO supports the development of large and strategic research proposals, provides training and proposal-related resources to support proposers across campus, finds and disseminates funding opportunities, and otherwise supports the priorities and responsibilities of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

More Information

This position identifies funding opportunities and manages the limited submissions process for the Vice Chancellor of Research and the UC Berkeley campus. Limited submissions are funding opportunities that restrict the number of applications an institution may submit. As these opportunities are often strategic and competitive in nature, it is imperative for campus to maintain an effective, efficient, confidential, and fair process to facilitate selection of applicants through review by faculty peers and other experts. This process also provides feedback to internal applicants to help improve their future applications. In these ways, this position helps the campus advance the most competitive concepts for submission and strengthens other concepts in development for future opportunities. 

  • Monitors funding opportunities and identifies limited submissions opportunities.
  • Manages internal peer reviews
  • Works with the Director for Research Development to define an appropriate review process and timing for a given opportunity.
  • Manages the internal application process, including preparing and sending announcements, tracking the status of applications, and preparing them for review.
  • Works with the Director to manage the review process, including assembling expert review panels, preparing materials for reviewers, facilitating review meetings, and writing up the panel recommendations and feedback.
  • Finalizes selections with the Vice Chancellor for Research; notifies applicants and campus stakeholders.
  • Maintains systems to monitor and document competitions and outcomes, as well as observations for future reviews. On an ongoing basis, assesses the quality, efficiency, and integrity of the process, seeking continual improvement and innovation.
  • Interacts with faculty, deans, and administrative staff to acquire needed background information, clarify policies and processes, and respond to questions. 
  • Coordinates with other campus offices, including Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Chancellor’s Immediate Office, the Sponsored Projects Office, Campus Shared Services, Foundation Relations, as appropriate.
  • Communicates with funding agencies and organizations to clarify limits and related policies as necessary. 
  • Monitors and analyzes changes in external regulations, legislation, and UC policies for impact on the Campus. 
  • Develops training material and provides informational sessions on limited submission and funding opportunities. Researches best practices in field. 
  • Creates and maintains relevant and useful information on the BRDO webpage.
  • Assists with other activities of the Berkeley Research Development Office and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Job Qualifications

  • Analytical/problem-solving skills. Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of data. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Strong organizational skills, with good attention to detail and a focus on quality.
  • Ability to multi-task within demanding timeframes. 
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Independent self-starter who also thrives in a collaborative environment. 
  • A focus on customer service, in support of the faculty and the institution.
  • Some knowledge of research funders and/or funding opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the academic research environment and the UC Berkeley campus specifically.
  • Knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of research funding opportunities and limited submissions.
  • Familiarity with aspects of proposal preparation. 
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: 

How to Apply
The posting is available at the Berkeley jobs website, https://jobs.berkeley.edu, job ID #26609. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.