Research Support Manager

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Fundraising / Education & Training $49,031 to $62,000 yearly

Job Reference #: 19001678

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) and the Tippie College of Business (TCOB) seek a Grant Administrator & Assistant Director for the Institute for International Business (IIB).

The incumbent will direct grant development activities for research, scholarship, creative and educational projects in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, innovation, and international education or all areas that have an international focus at TCOB. Advise faculty, staff, and students on funding programs and strategies for successful project development.

Provide pre-award budget development for grant projects and advise on grant regulations and compliance.  This position is also responsible for the operational support to the IIB.  The individual will assist with designing and implementing strategies for the IIB.  This individual also works collectively with multiple constituents within TCOB and other business units and centers and requires a combination of grant writing and administration, business development, relationship management, operations/administration and logistics skills.  This position requires travel including internationally, as needed.

Key Areas of Responsibility:


Grant Exploration and Development

  • Provide grant related support to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Interpret requests for proposal (RFPs) and guidelines.
  • Prepare proposal and complete all related forms.
  • Write proposal sections, where appropriate.
  • Edit full proposals.
  • Coordinate ancillary materials.
  • Ensure appropriate permissions are confirmed prior to grant submissions.
  • Initiate implement and evaluate training opportunities and information sessions.
  • Interpret internal (UI) and external (federal, state, local, and private agencies) budget regulations and policies.
  • Ensure completion of all reporting requirements.
  • Seek opportunities to enhance professional networks, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Post-Award Administration/Financial Responsibility

  • Direct grant development activities for the IIB on international entrepreneurship initiatives and for others at Iowa JPEC and TCOB on creative and educational projects.
  • Manage all grants budgets.
  • Advise IIB director and others on funding programs and strategies for successful project development.
  • Secure and advise on cost-sharing requirements and commitments.


  • Advise IIB director and others at Iowa JPEC and TCOB on regulations and compliance requirements.
  • Provide pre-award budget development for grant projects and advise on grant regulations and compliance.

Operational/Administrative Support

  • May monitor and report on financial data, information and reports.
  • Assist director in yearly budget and financial forecasting.
  • Prepare all reports as needed for Iowa JPEC and TCOB administrators.
  • Assist in decisions to determine which UI Foundation accounts will provide funds for some Institute expenses.
  • Serve as liaison with the UI Foundation to ensure that donor gifts are awarded appropriately.
  • Assist director in fundraising ventures.

Global Learning Opportunity Trips (GLO):

  • Assist the IIB director in the planning and administration of the GLOs for the MBA programs.
  • Administer students recruitment, visas where needed and orientation.
  • Help select service providers and serve as a key contact for them.
  • Coordinate the selection of companies to visit and cultural activities in conjunction with the service providers.
  • Design the itineraries in conjunction with the faculty leaders and the service providers.
  • Participate in the decision making of new countries.
  • Liaise with the different universities entities (Study Abroad, Risk Management, etc.) on safety, insurances and all other things concerning overseas’ travels on behalf of the university.

External Communications and Negotiations

  • Liaise with DSP, Human Subjects Office (HSO), Office of Vice President of Research (OVPR), grant accounting, and other UI colleges and units.
  • Liaise with program officers from federal, local, state and private agencies.

Strategic Planning

  • Assist director with design and implementation of strategies, plans and operating procedures for the IIB.
  • Assist director in setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth.
  • Write and submit executive level progress reports on IIB activities to Iowa JPEC, TCOB Deans, and other UI officials.
  • Assist director in the preparation of the semi-annual (fall and spring) advisory board meetings.
  • Develop and maintain IIB program materials.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume and cover letter that clearly indicates how you meet the qualifications listed. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information including complete job description, please contact Nancy Kroeze at

There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the Tippie College of Business’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check.

Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.


Education Required: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience


Required Qualifications:·  Typically 3-5 years of program/project management and grant administration particularly on the international front in a higher education setting.

  • Ability to effectively coordinate and manage the development of multi-disciplinary and multi-partnered grant projects.
  • Demonstrated global perspective and experience in working in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and managing budgets.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated competency and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Valid drivers’ license and ability to meet and maintain UI Fleet Safety driving requirements.
  • Must have the ability to travel internationally


Desirable Qualifications:· Master’s degree

  • Working knowledge of accepted program/project management techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with clients on business development opportunities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of University of Iowa grant-and research-related policies and procedures such as IRB

Job ID: 67597

Posted 8 days ago

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