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Operating one of the industry’s largest and most respected research programs, Kaiser Permanente employs nearly 1,800 research experts at 9 specialized centers across the country. With a research budget of $221 million and more than 2,500 studies and clinical trials underway at any given time, this is a place where you can have a profound impact on the future of health.

Research Business Administrator I

Location: Pasadena, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 814427 Date posted: 08/02/2019
Description:
The incumbent of this position under the direction of the Division Research Administrator (DRA) or manager assists with managing the division or unit's financial activities and research projects in accordance with Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) and grant and contract funding agency policies and procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting with the developing of budgets for grant and contract applications, reconciling expenditures, and projecting account balances. This position will also assist in preparing and/or reviewing documents/electronic forms associated with budget maintenance, grant proposals, and financial issues such as purchasing, invoicing, travel reimbursements, payroll, and effort reporting. In addition, the Research Business Administrator I (RBAI) will provide support with grant submissions in coordination with the principal investigator and the administrative staff. Working with research scientists, principal investigators, division/unit managers, research project managers, research associates, biostatisticians, programmers, research collaborators, administrators, and others, is responsible for assisting the DRA or manager with the daily operations of financial management and monitoring.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Under the Direction of the DRA or manager, RBA assists in managing division's or unit's financial activities and research projects in accordance with Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) and grant and contract funding agency policies and procedures.
  • Reconcile project cost centers on a monthly basis or as needed.
  • Report budget line variances and identify expenditure trends.
  • Monitor financial activity for appropriateness of expenditures in relation to project goals and objectives ensuring adherence to budget limitations as well as adherence to Kaiser Permanente and funding agency guidelines.
  • Prepare account balance analysis and projections on various cost centers/projects.
  • Complete grant close outs and review financial status reports and final contract invoices.
  • Correspond and follow up with principal investigators, research staff, R&E Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) and Finance, other institutions, and grant and contract agencies to achieve compliance to project financial guidelines.
  • Provide support and guidance to investigators and research study staff on issues related to grants management, institutional policies related to handling funds from grants (i.e. travel regulations, re-budgeting, program reports, grant routing).
  • Review documents associated with grant projects for appropriateness and accuracy.
  • Monitor contract budgets, invoices, effective dates, and balances.
  • Advise PIs and research staff on financial and personnel decisions regarding their projects.
  • Organize the project kick-off meetings and meetings with SPA/Finance.
  • Assists DRA or manager, principal investigators and research staff in developing budgets and justifications for grant and contract applications and ongoing projects by compiling and analyzing expenditure data.
  • Assist in preparing budget and all related documents/forms according to funding agency or industry guidelines.
  • Assist in the grant submission process and ensure all application guidelines and rules have been followed.
  • This position will also assist the DRA or manager, principal investigators, and research staff in preparing and/or reviewing documents/electronic forms associated with budget maintenance, grant proposals, and financial issues such as purchasing, invoicing, travel reimbursements, payroll, and effort reporting. In addition, the RBAI position will assist with grant submissions in coordination with the principal investigator and the administrative staff.
  • Assist in preparing and reviewing invoices and reports, purchase requisitions, ITs, and OneLink purchases for division/unit and its grant accounts in a timely manner.
  • Assist in preparing and reviewing forms such as cost transfer forms to correct errors or to comply with budget changes and limitations.
  • Assist in researching, gathering, analyzing & summarizing data for reports.
  • Assist DRA or manager and principal investigators in providing pre-review, post-review, and initiate personnel effort changes in the effort reporting system.
  • Assist in preparing and developing unit/division budgets.
  • Share any new information regarding Kaiser Permanente and funding agency policies and procedures with the DRA or manager and administrative staff.
  • Assist in preparing Just-In-Time documents for grant and contract awards.
  • Perform other related job duties or responsibilities as requested or required, whether or not specifically mentioned in this job description.
  • Work and communicate with principal investigators, research and administrative staff, collaborating stakeholders in a professional manner.
  • Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in research business administration or related field.
  • Education
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, finance, accounting, operations, public health administration, or other related field, OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Must balance and represent multiple perspectives and priorities of the division/unit.
  • Must exercise good judgment in handling/releasing confidential/sensitive information.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with Excel and other Microsoft Applications used by the department.
  • Demonstrated success in developing effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Must have strong communication (both written and verbal) and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in a research environment preferred.

  • Notes:
  • This is a temporary position.
  • Primary Location: California,Pasadena,S. Los Robles Administration 100 S. Los Robles Ave Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Temporary Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: Research and Evaluation Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

    About Research & Development Careers

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    Recognized worldwide for their scientific expertise, our researchers collect data on topics including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and drug safety — just to name a few.

    In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

    As a member of this team, you'll engage in meaningful work that has the power to affect outcomes and improve global health. Focused on areas like public-sector health services, epidemiology, and behavioral and clinical research, the work you do will ultimately allow us to improve the cost effectiveness and quality of the care we deliver — all while saving lives.

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