Manager, Grants & Contracts

    • New York, NY

Company Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.
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Job Description

The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) plays a crucial role for all activities related to the management of institutional and external research funds, and the development and submission of funding proposals. ORPA is currently seeking a dynamic leader to manage a growing team of grants managers (GMs) in the Grants & Contracts unit dedicated to maximizing external research funding support for MSK investigators.


Reporting to the Director, Grants & Contracts, as the Manager, Grants & Contracts, you will:

  • Hold a leadership role on the ORPA management team, leading and managing high-level projects, generating team resources and developing staff.
  • Provide operational guidance to the GMs to ensure and facilitate efficient and effective daily operations of the Grants & Contracts Unit.
  • Lead recruitment efforts for new team members and make recommendations for hire. Orient, train and evaluate staff performance.
  • Obtain, analyze and communicate data necessary for fulfilling unit, department or institutional needs. Monitor unit-specific key performance indicators and metrics; propose and implement new business plans and procedures to improve overall efficiency of the grants management team. Make recommendations to the Director regarding departmental operations based on analysis of information.
  • Lead and assist with projects and administrative initiatives as assigned by the Director and Vice President. Partner with departmental and divisional colleagues, MSK faculty, administrative and clinical management staff to plan and implement new department-wide, divisional or institutional programmatic initiatives related to pre-award and non-financial post award management of sponsored research at MSK.
  • Plan, develop and implement or participate in assigned projects with department and/or institutional impact; develop and sustain project flows and timelines, seeking guidance from and provide progress reports to the Director and Vice President, as required.

You Are:

  • A good decision-maker, with proven success at making timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Focused on continuous improvement, knowing the most effective and efficient processes to optimize work flow.
  • Eager to foster talent and support people in meeting their career goals and the organization's goals.
  • Action-oriented and eager to embrace new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Knowledgeable about business and the marketplace and able to apply this knowledge to advance the organization's goals.
  • Able to work effectively in an environment notable for complex, sometimes contradictory information.
  • Adept at creating partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives and goals

You have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred).
  • Five years of research administration experience.
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • The ability to develop, facilitate, and orchestrate effective communication with all members of the Center; responsible for writing, preparing, and educating staff on grants and contracting procedures and processes.
  • Solid experience interacting with all levels of staff including clinical/research staff (investigators, etc), administration, research and clerical support staff, and institutional leaders.
  • The ability to apply broad technical and professional knowledge, and significant job-related experience to function as an internal consultant and assume managerial responsibility in a specialized functional unit of the organization.
  • Experience with the development and submission of governmental research grant applications, preferably to federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health.
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA) preferred.  #LI-POST


MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  


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