Research Project Manager 3 (Research Development Project Manager)

Penn State University

College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State College of Medicine
Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Full/Part Time:


With the Director of Research Development create, review/edit, and advertise funding opportunities to investigators. With the Director, advise on the strength/viability of research proposals submitted to Research Development or the OVDRGS for institutional endorsement or funding support. Liaise with the OVDRGS and PSU CURE fund manager to provide updates on eligible projects and provide support for strategic planning. With the Director, advise investigators and administrators on research methodologies, available data, and other resources. Liaise or negotiate with external organizations to establish and maintain relationships for the benefit of advancing research, funding or collaboration opportunities for PIs across COM. Review and make recommendations for planning and research studies. Collaborate/consult with researchers by reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations for project/program initiatives. Provide project management and leadership support to RD-endorsed projects (e.g., Elsevier Pure, SciVal and Funding Institutional) as well as investigator projects and programs, including initiating, conducting, reporting, and providing technical support/training. Receive, review/edit, and post faculty investigator profile requests for Pure; provide training for pre and post-doctoral profile generation; perform monthly and annual updates to master data with the Director, develop dashboards and establish reporting expectations for research analytics based on scholarly output using Pure and SciVal. Perform research analytics based on scholarly output and train super-users in high demand units to perform unit-level analyses and benchmarking. Prepare proposals and budgets; research plans, cost estimates, budget justifications, and statements of work for RD initiatives and individual research programs/projects selected for support from OVDRGS. Contribute to operations affected by project/program; work with individuals internal and external to project/program to exchange information, solve problems, resolve conflicts, develop workflow processes, allocate department resources across projects, and ensure efficient and effective implementations of initiatives. Contribute to strategic planning of the project/program. Maintain appropriate documents and create reports. Supervise project/program staff including hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, and developing staff Manage day-to-day business processes and activities related to the Research Development portfolio, including finance, HR, facilities and IT operations. Advise senior management on a variety of operational, human resources, and financial issues related to the Research Development accordingly. Work with the RD Director and OVDRGS to develop and implement policies and procedures related to RD operations. Work with RD Director, OVDRGS and RD staff to roll out consistent communications with customers on updates to policies, procedures, services, deadlines, workflows, etc. Work with the RD Director to create and update a 3-5 year strategic plan looking at training needs and planning, succession planning, and workflow improvements to prepare for current state and future state growth in investigator recruitment and retention. Develop and implement metrics reporting for RD, including information on total research proposals reviewed and improved and outcomes of RD intervention on success of submissions. Analyze data collected and review with RD and OVDRGS to set performance targets for RD department. Line manage RD support staff. Attend and represent Research Development at a variety of meetings as needed to share data updates, facilitate project management support, or special projects execution, and/or sit on committees as needed. Attend National Research Development meetings for professional development and to bring new practices and ideas back to the institution. Identify, pursue and achieve scholarly outcomes (publications and presentations) related to research development practices. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. PhD and additional years of related experience preferred. Structured data management skills, experience with excel and online publishing tools, extreme attention to accuracy.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088