Research Project Manager (Research Operations Coordinator)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – I – Exempt
  • 02 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Center for Healthcare and Policy Research
Full/Part Time:


The Center for Health Care and Policy Research (CHCPR) invites applications for a Research Operations Coordinator to contribute to, manage, and oversee Center financial activities and operations, and to provide project management support for one or more research projects. This position co-leads the Center’s strategic planning and development, and assists in resource management across multiple research projects. This position manages the Center’s operating budget and provides post award budget management for externally funded grants, maintaining accountability for budget expenditures. Works closely with Center director in developing and forecasting budgets. Advises faculty and staff in interpreting and adhering to sponsor and University guidelines and regulations. Prepares entries and audits post award and general funds. Serves as a liaison with various College and University Offices including Human Resources and Finance. Assists in management of resources across multiple research projects. Tracks staff time allocation and skill sets needed across projects and advises Center supervisors on resource allocations; tracks grant proposals under review and the staffing implications of each; tracks outreach and development of new opportunities and assists in scoping new projects; partners with pre-award staff person on proposal submissions. Oversees daily Center functions and operations; provides advice and consultation on complex matters; assists in the planning, execution, and monitoring of the Center’s strategic plan; tracks progress towards goals and targets; assists with grant reports to funders; and performs advanced and confidential administrative duties and responsibilities. Supervision of one or more staff may be required. This position provides project management support for one or more research projects. Responsibilities include: participating in research project planning; communication and coordination with internal project team members and external project partners; mentor assigned staff or students in specific-research related skills; may assist with IRB preparation and submission. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master’s degree preferred. Knowledge and experience with social science research required; experience in qualitative and mixed methods research a plus. Solid technology skills, proficiency in Office 365, and experience with programs such as WorkDay, Financial Systems and Concur are preferred. The successful candidate must have excellent leadership, written and verbal communication, and management skills related to both financial and research project matters. Ideal candidates will have outstanding problem-solving skills, initiative, teamwork and team-building abilities, strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrate sound judgement abilities. Requires the ability to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for students, staff, and colleagues within the University. CHCPR is one of five research centers within the College of Health and Human Development and its mission is to create and disseminate new scientific knowledge that will help private and public decision-makers to develop cost effective services and programs that improve people's health. The Center helps researchers interested in all aspects of health and health care improvement find funding, develop quality research designs, collect and analyze data, and disseminate findings to the right audiences. The Center currently leads or supports multiple externally funded research grants. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one-year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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