Director of Sponsored Programs Administration

Oxford, Mississippi
Feb 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Mississippi (UM) is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide leadership, support and strategic direction for the Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) activities of its Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).  Working in conjunction with other ORSP groups, i.e., Technology Management, Research Integrity and Compliance, Research Development, as well as the Office of Accounting, the SPA Director works to ensure integrated research management and service to UM faculty and staff.  The position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of proposal preparation and submission, negotiation of award terms and conditions, and compliance with administrative and fiscal award terms, as well as identifying and resolving issues throughout the life cycle of an award.  The position represents UM to governmental, foundation, industry and other funding agencies and assists in the development and implementation of research administration policies and procedures.  The position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs and supervises a staff of 8-10 professionals.  The successful candidate must understand federal and state regulations as they pertain to research administration at an institution of higher learning; be knowledgeable of the Uniform Guidance and the Federal Acquisition Regulations; be experienced in negotiating grants, contracts and subawards; and be well versed in the electronic proposal submission and award management tools of major funding agencies. The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

The minimum qualifications for this position are a Master’s Degree in Administration, Science or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university, and five (5) years of experience related to the described duties.  The successful candidate must hold the designation of Certified Research Administrator from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The search will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. 

Interested applicants should submit an application for the position of Director of Sponsored Programs Administration through The University of Mississippi’s online employment site at and must attach a letter of intent and resumé or curriculum vitae that speaks to the advertised requirements stated herein. The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.

This position is located on The University of Mississippi’s main campus in the beautiful town of Oxford.  Sometimes called the “Cultural Mecca of the South,” Oxford has been the home of William Faulkner, John Grisham, Willie Morris, Barry Hannah and many more outstanding writers.  (  In recent years, it has become known for its award-winning chefs and restaurateurs.  Oxford is often recommended by many publications as a bucket list place to visit.

Over the past several years, The University of Mississippi has been voted by our staff as one of the great colleges to work for in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey, and has been widely recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in America. The University has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, increasing in student enrollment and nurturing and enjoying nationally-recognized academic and athletic programs.