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Senior Director, Sponsored Programs

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Jacksonville (Main Campus)
Categories: Executive/Administrative, Staff


Sponsored Programs

Requested Start Date:

April 1, 2018

Pay Range:


Commensurate with Experience  

Normal Work Schedule:

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday; Some evenings and weekends required

Essential Functions:

• Serves as the administrator for the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).
• Provides oversight of all grant activity.
• Serves as liaison for OSP with deans, university administrators, and staff.
• Creates and fosters an environment of support for the University research and service community and offers appropriate training.
• Sets goals, develops strategic plans, and implements programs to increase external and contract support for faculty and research centers.
• Assists administration in the development of policies to promote grants and contracts supporting the University’s mission, vision, and goals.
• Participates in planning discussions as needed for business purposes and organizational readiness for new administrative initiatives which will impact grant administration, compliance, and support services.
• Directs the ongoing process of proposal development, including identification of viable opportunities, coordination with faculty, timeline management and submission based on instructions and evaluation criteria of funding sources.
• Provides training sessions on grants and contracts as needed to stimulate submission of grants/contracts and compliance with submission and administration requirements.
• Provides oversight for dissemination of electronic information about funding opportunities to faculty and staff on a regular basis.
• Provides faculty grant/contract facilitation and grant/contract submissions review for viability and potential for success of proposals.
• Coordinates with University personnel, including faculty, department heads, deans, vice-presidents, and others to respond to funding opportunities and reviews individual grant proposals with faculty and staff to ensure compliance.
• Provides oversight for writing sections for proposals that describe the University’s capabilities, management processes, and assessment plans..
• Works with University Institutional Research Review (IRB) Board to ensure institutional compliance.
• Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of reports and studies regarding opportunities for external funding of research, review criteria, and funding targets of proposal activity.
• Compiles statistical reports and other data reports to the University administration, including monthly and annual reports, as well as other reports as needed.
• Monitors policy changes implemented by external sponsors.
• Oversees and assures compliance with administrative and fiscal terms of all grants
• Reviews all grant award notices and coordinates with principal investigators/project directors, grants accountant, and other Finance and Administration staff to ensure fiscal compliance; monitors compliance in the post-award period.
• Supervises the direct maintenance of essential records and files related to grants and contracts.
• Serves as liaison with federal, state, local, and non-profit funders.
• Develops and keeps up-to-date handbooks and guides to assist faculty and staff in the grants process.
• Supervises maintenance of unit’s website
• Supervises support staff to ensure that all work is completed accurately and successfully.
• Participates in professional meetings and conferences as appropriate.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Minimum Qualifications:


• Master's degree in research administration, business administration, educational administration,  public administration, or related field

• at least five (5) years of documented experience and success in higher education grant or contract administration

Preferred Qualifications:

• Earned doctorate in one of the above areas or related field

Required Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts

Additional Information:

Supplemental Questions:


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Equal Employment Opportunity: JSU is an Equal Employment, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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