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Beth Israel Lahey Health Research Administrator in Boston, Massachusetts

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Day (United States of America)

The Research Administrator II is responsible for the daily administrative operations of defined research areas including grant and contract proposal preparation and approval, establishment of account infrastructure, management of financial transactions, preparation of regular reporting on status of funding and approval of research expenditures. This person collaborates with Chiefs and Principal Investigators (PIs) and Research Administration Team leadership to ensure compliance and proper implementation of policies and procedures.

Job Description:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Works with information from internal systems, including Workday, grant management software and other systems to monitor purchases, actual, and encumbered expenses as well as salary distributions. Must have an aptitude for numbers including budget management and research federal policies. (essential)

  • Works with Financial Analysts and others as necessary to reconcile information/reports and provide investigators with regular financial status reports in user-friendly formats. Expected to have regular meetings with investigators where projections are provided and reviewed to avoid deficit spending. As necessary, work with investigators and Research Administration team leadership to manage deficits. (essential)

  • Responsible for managing all time and effort reporting for defined areas of responsibility. Works with PIs to regularly monitor information, make changes as appropriate. Report any unusual or non-compliant information to PI and Research Administration team leadership (essential)

  • Authorizes all expense items such as making deposits, transferring funds, and assignment of expenses within areas of responsibility. Works with ancillary areas such as A/P, HR, and Purchasing to ensure receipt of materials and prompt payment or resolution of any issues. (essential)

  • Coordinates and supports overall grant proposal submission process including budget development for new and non-competing submissions for their area of responsibility. Advises investigators of grant policies, due dates for progress reports, and compliance requirements. Reviews proposal in final stage prior to Signature Official review and submission to sponsor. (essential)

  • Works with the Harvard International Office and Human Resources to assist with onboarding of new hires as needed. (essential)

  • Participates in routine research administration meetings, seminars and programs to stay abreast of best practice and guiding regulations. (essential)

  • Works under the direction of the Research Manager to assist with onboarding and offboarding of labs and staff as needed. (essential)

Required Qualifications:

Associate's degree required.

1 to 3 years of Research Administration experience required. Experience with computer systems required, including web- based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree preferred.


Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.

Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Social/Environmental Requirements:

Work requires close attention to task for work to be accurately completed. Intermittent breaks during the work day do not compromise the work.

Work routine is fairly consistent, but employee needs to be able to use judgment to respond to events several times a week.

No substantial exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

Health Care Status: NHCW: No patient contact. - Health Care Worker Status may vary by department.

Sensory Requirements:

Close work (paperwork, visual examination), Monitor Use, Conversation.

Physical Requirements:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally. This job requires constant keyboard use, frequent sitting. There may be occasional walking. Fine manipulation using both hands.

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As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more ( about this requirement.

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