Job Information

University of Utah Manager, Research in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 08/20/2021

Requisition Number PRN27386B

Job Title Manager, Research

Working Title Manager, Research

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Full time.

VP Area President

Department 01260 - HCI General Admin Department

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 90400

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Applicants: Use your administrative talent, strong writing/editing skills, and respective scientific background, to support Huntsman Cancer Institute, an NCI -designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, in its efforts to maximize its potential and achieve its goals.

Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling all aspects of the office of the Executive Director (ED) of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute, including internal and external interactions with leadership, scientists, clinicians, staff, and trainees.

Responsible for broad aspects in support of the functions of the ED of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, including but not limited to: staffing, support, financial management operations pertaining to research, strategic development in cancer research, technical reporting, and outcomes publishing. Must be able to manage multiple competing tasks and priorities with strict discretion and finesse. Ability to work well under stress and in a fast-paced environment. Strong verbal and written communication skills are quintessential to the position. In addition, strong self-motivation, task prioritization, superb organizational skills, a solution-oriented approach with adaptability, flexibility, team spirit, and a positive attitude are vital assets for this position.

Huntsman Cancer Institute is part of the University of Utah Health Care system. It is a National ( NCI )-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center comprised of a broad base of scientific expertise, which is rapidly growing. HCI’s mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care.


Essential Functions

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

1. Manage the administrative tasks and projects of the Executive Director of Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office, and liaison to internal and external partners. The preferred applicant will be professional, polite, respect privacy and confidentiality, have a service-minded mentality, exceptional follow-through, and the ability to build collaborative relationships.

2. Provide project management and administrative support for various initiatives.

3. Develop written materials and presentations for the Executive Director and contribute to strategic documents of the Executive Director’s office.

4. Draft and/or edit institutional letters of support for grant applications, letters of recommendation for faculty tenure reviews, graduate school applications, faculty applications, and more. The preferred applicant will have excellent written and verbal communication abilities.

5. Work in conjunction with the Executive Director to develop community-wide emails, newsletters, and announcements.

6. Provide strategic insight to Executive Director in reviewing and tracking budget requests and strategic priorities at HCI . This position also works with Finance to maintain a master PI reporting list.

7. Manage and facilitate the HCI /U of U process for all cancer-related limited submission funding opportunities.

8. Provide supervisory oversight and mentorship to senior leader administrators as needed. Ensure competency of staff through the development and/or presentation of educational programs and through ongoing staff performance evaluations.

9. Attend high level meetings and retreats and provide administrative support, including developing agendas and meeting minutes

10. Manage the review and approval process of all research conferences held at HCI . If HCI administrative support is required, evaluate the needs and scope prior to assigning the conference organization to an administrator with roll-up to appropriate senior leader area of oversight (clinical research, population sciences, basic science, etc.).

11. Track conferences, symposia, and events that occur at HCI each year for reporting in the Cancer Center Support Grant ( CCSG ).

12. Organize community-building events such as new faculty lunches and community town halls.

13. Facilitate faculty recruitment and retention efforts under the Executive Director’s purview in coordination with the office of the HCI Chief Academic Officer.

14. Other duties as assigned.

Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.

Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Learn more about HCI’s commitments at and/or contact HCI’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of assignment or equivalency and 4 years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of assigned department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Completion of provided supervisory training within one year of employment may be required.

Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.