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Research Collaboration Coordinator

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: ISSR
Union: PSU
Categories: Administrative/Office Support, Professional Staff Union (PSU), Program Administration, Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Research Collaboration Coordinator (RCC) works as part of a team to support the 5-year UMass NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant project.  The RCC partners with the Director, Program Manager, and grant staff in the Chancellor’s area, taking a leadership role to facilitate and support partnerships with Principal Investigators (PIs) to plan and execute equity goal-based research collaboration activities for UMass Amherst faculty, with the goal of continuing and institutionalizing ADVANCE grant initiatives.


Essential Functions

  • Plan and execute activities for building university-wide collaborative faculty research networks with an emphasis on outreach to women and faculty of color.
  • In partnership with the Director, identify grant opportunities and develop goals for collaboration and equity.
  • Evaluate and modify activities to ensure goals are met.
  • Research, develop, and manage resources for collaboration including the UMass ADVANCE information base website, which will house campus resources for funding, collaborative meeting spaces, and other key needs.
  • Publicize and promote use of the ADVANCE information base website to faculty. 
  • Partnering with the ADVANCE team and other campus stakeholders, plan and execute yearly surveys of faculty to identify key research interest areas, current projects, technical skills/methodologies, instruments, and interest in meeting potential on-campus collaborators. 
  • Manage selection and distribution of internal grant seed funding.
  • Manage reporting on the grant activities and compliance, ensuring timely and complete report submissions.
  • Provide ongoing support for collaborative faculty teams to develop seed funding initiatives.
  • Manage the logistics of meetings for collaborative research teams.


Other Functions

As required, support the Director on all aspects of their work for the grant.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree with two years of project management or administration experience.
  • Excellent computer proficiency including word processing, spreadsheet, cloud-based data storage and file sharing, and database management skills. Ability to learn new software associated with the position.
  • Excellent ability to successfully interact and work collaboratively with faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Ability to understand and identify the needs of faculty, and translate those needs into programmatic solutions. Demonstrated capacity, skill, and willingness to engage with faculty and contribute to success in research collaboration and equity.
  • Ability to develop and sustain productive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and administrators throughout the University.
  • Superlative communication ability, with excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills. Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely to articulate ideas and proposals.
  • Strong initiative and the ability to plan, organize, manage, and execute multiple complex projects in a fast-paced environment.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree.
  • Experience contributing to collaborative research projects.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Standard office environment


Additional Details

This is a 5-year grant funded position with the possibility for continuation.


Work Schedule

8:30 am-5:00 pm with occasional nights and weekends.


Salary Information

Level 25

PSU Salary Schedule


Special Instructions to Applicants

Provide a cover letter, resume/CV, and the name, position, email address and telephone number of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 or until a suitable applicant pool has been found.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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