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Manager, Research Information Systems

Date: April, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Director, Research Operations and Communications
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):

Research Information Technologies Specialist

Computer Systems Specialist

Department: Office of Research


Main Campus


USG 11
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Office of Research (OR) Information Systems Team is responsible for providing a broad range of day-to-day computing support to ensure effective operation of the OR information systems and business processes. Reporting to the Associate Director, Research Operations and Communications, the Manager, Research Information Systems is responsible for systems-administration and the provision of  management oversight , ensuring  effective operation of the OR information systems. This includes supporting the realization of institutional goals by configuring, implementing, maintaining, and optimizing the operation of the information systems for administration of sponsored research, research ethics compliance review and certification, and the processes related to the protection and commercialization of intellectual property.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Manages the planning and execution of OR systems- projects and business analysis of processes that support system enhancement  or  new initiatives

2.  Provides leadership in advancing functional and technical improvements in OR research administration systems and business processes


3.  Responsible for the configuration, implementation, and maintenance of OR information systems that support institutional and departmental strategic goals


4.  Collaborates, advises, and consults




5.  Maintains an appropriate level of institutional knowledge, job-related expertise, and awareness of industry standards



6.  Manages, motivates, and mentors staff of the Information Systems Team

Position Requirements


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in project management, business analysis and process management



MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Advanced powerpoint
  • Report-writing tools (Advanced)
  • MS Project (Advanced)
  • Visio (Intermediate)
  • SharePoint (Intermediate)
  • InfoEd, Inteum, Kuali (would be an asset)

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Communicates with a wide range of campus departments and external vendors to effectively implement and maintain OR research information systems.

Level of Responsibility:

Serves as lead on the OR Information Systems Team, as departmental business analyst, and as a significant and influential contributor to the application of appropriate technology to OR systems and business processes; manages OR systems administration to ensure effective information systems and business analysis support for the achievement of the research-related goals set out in the University Strategic Plan; conducts research and makes recommendations to contribute to and inform senior management decision making and strategic planning.

Decision-Making Authority:

Routinely makes decisions regarding the most effective means of managing OR information systems, resources, and business process initiatives, including allocation of staff and resources, collaboration, consultation, and other key accountabilities; investigates and makes decisions with respect to managing change, determining optimal choices for the continual improvement of OR systems, and establishing and implementing the best methods of meeting the needs of internal and external stakeholders.  

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a position operating within an office environment; strain resulting from extended periods of sitting, concentrated use of visual senses, repetitive motion, and prolonged close attention to detail. Some physical activity may be required to move or setup equipment. Ideally able to lift 30 lbs.

Working Environment:

Exposure to conditions typical of a position exposed to stress and pressure associated with management-level responsibilities and with short deadlines, changing priorities, and frequent interruptions and distractions; intermittent work outside the normal operating hours of the institution and occasional travel.