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Colorado State University Research Project Manager in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Working Title Research Project Manager

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 201900838AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $42,000 - $52,000

Desired Start Date 11/11/2019

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 10/20/2019

Description of Work Unit

The NREL is a research and teaching unit at Colorado State University with a mission “to ensure the sustainability of the Earth’s ecosystems through the generation and application of new knowledge.” The department’s interdisciplinary, ecosystem research promotes collaborations among disciplines and across fields of expertise at CSU and throughout the world. As a soft-money research unit, this role is critical to ensure adequate funding to sustain its vital role in the research community both locally and across the globe.

Position Summary

Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources seeks a Research Project Manager to help provide oversight in the NREL research unit and ESS academic department. The college exists in a dynamic environment that offers the opportunity for a great deal of diversity with respect to financial management. The Research Project Manager (RPM) position functions within the centralized fiscal office for these two units. The office provides coordination, oversight and direct support for budget, accounting, payroll, and research administration functions. The office supports management decisions with accurate and timely data, meaningful financial reporting, policy interpretation and personal assistance to individual faculty, researchers and staff. The office also ensures compliance with all applicable local, state and federal regulations in the conduct of college business. The team philosophy is an important concept in the operation of the unit and the RPM is expected to work collegiality with other team members to create an environment of cooperation and synergy. This position reports to the Business Manager of NREL/ESS. This position provides business and fiscal project management support and oversight to the departments. The RPM is considered to be professional; the nature of the work being project management focused rather than transaction focused. An emphasis is placed on the ability to analyze, evaluate and forecast financial data for management purposes. The position is expected to operate independently, using professional training and experience to apply judgment in determining appropriate methods to use in order to generate information necessary to assist in making sound management decisions. The position must make independent choices from among generally accepted business practices and relevant contracts and grants regulations while also ensuring completion of all tasks along the way.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, business or related field OR Bachelor’s degree PLUS 4 years of directly related business experience that includes Accounting, Human Resources, and general operations.

  • Experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and use of data mining tools.

  • Proficiency in an office productivity suite, with particular emphasis on spreadsheet and word processing software.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience in contract and grant administration, including managing all areas of sponsored research administration, working with University Sponsored Programs Office, and knowledge of the Uniform Guidance.

  • Experience working in a higher education environment and knowledge with interpreting higher education issues, policies and structures.

  • Demonstrated experience in the management of recharge centers.

  • Experience in fostering collaboration and cooperation amongst diverse group of individuals.

  • Experience working with federal salary certification reporting.

  • Supervisory experience.

  • Experience and working knowledge of accounting and information systems including Kuali Financial System, HR Oracle.

  • Demonstrated communication skills; especially verbally and in writing

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Fiscal Management and oversight


Present standard, financial reports and develop ad hoc reports as necessary to adequately represent an ongoing review of the financial status of the individual project. Prepare consolidated financial reports as necessary in order to present a comprehensive view of projects under the management responsibility of individual researchers. This position provides financial advising and guidance for the unit and will coordinate all financial policy and procedures to insure that proper financial/accounting rules are adhered to. Responsible and accountable for evaluating and implementing adequate internal control policies, processes and procedures as needed in collaboration with the business manager and departmental requirements. Provide oversight of the fiscal office tasks including management of the PCARD program, review of purchasing, travel and other financial documents as well as ensuring adequate staffing for the office for completion of these tasks. Manage equipment inventory.

Percentage Of Time 35

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Policy and procedure


Responsible for ensuring adequate compliance with applicable federal, state and university laws and regulations in the conduct of the sponsored research. Act in a proactive manner to find methods to support project initiatives while adhering to applicable policy and regulations.

Percentage Of Time 5

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Account oversight


Monitor department recharge accounts and billings including monthly reconciliations, financial record retention, and adhering to financial procedure instructions. Develop a partnership with the individual researchers in support of the management and financial analysis of the sponsored and departmental projects. Manage subcontracts within the unit by creating the necessary agreements, tracking monthly invoices and ensuring budgets are sufficient. Assist with special projects, both recurring and ad-hoc.

Percentage Of Time 30

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Human resources


Determining labor requirements, assigning workload, developing staff capabilities, and increasing and decreasing staffing levels as required to fulfill all pre- and post-award administrative functions. Responsible for oversight of personnel hiring.

Percentage Of Time 20

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Supervision


Set and exemplifying a high standard for professionalism, respect for coworkers, work quality, and timely execution of tasks. Provide positive supervisory leadership that inspires teamwork, service and a productive work environment. Develop, implement and support an administrative structure that allows for internal growth, challenge and opportunity. Ensure timely and accurate completion of tasks, including financial documents, travel, administrative task etc. Create policy and procedures that enable employees to work in most efficient and accurate manner. Ensure compliance of employment policies as it relates to employees.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by Sunday, October 20th, 2019, 11:59 pm (MT) with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Jessica Hunter,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, business or related field OR Bachelor’s degree PLUS 4 years of directly related business experience that includes Accounting, Human Resources, and general operations?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and use of data mining tools?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have proficiency in an office productivity suite, with particular emphasis on spreadsheet and word processing software?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents