Executive Director for the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
Position Description: Winthrop University seeks an Executive Director for the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research with an in-depth understanding of extramural funding and contract management with outstanding interpersonal and technical communication skills to develop a vision for the office that supports the overall mission of the University. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to manage all aspects of Winthrop’s grants and contracts administration with specific attention to internal operations, sponsored activity development, grants and contracts administration, and research compliance. The Executive Director will not only manage the daily operations of the office, but will effectively collaborate with faculty, students, and staff in pre-award and post-award management. The office currently manages a portfolio of both external and internal funds and is, consequently, charged with serving as the institutional liaison to ensure compliance with standards set forth by external bodies.
- Provides leadership and managerial oversight to the office staff in order to ensure compliance, efficiency, and a high level of service to faculty and staff
- Works with faculty and staff across campus to promote and support the development of highly competitive research proposals to government, corporate, and private agencies. This work will often include establishing partnerships with external agencies; pre- and post-awards; professional development, training, and individualized assistance to future principal investigators; and reporting periodically to internal and external groups
- Cultivates a portfolio of nonprofit, corporate, and government funding that aligns with institutional infrastructure and goals
- Works with the campus administration, faculty, and staff to establish funding priorities for internal funding programs that align with the strategic vision
- Administers and supports internal committees to ensure compliance with rules and policies that apply to research occurring on campus
- Master’s degree in public administration, business, a research discipline, or other appropriate field
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in grants and contracts administration, at least three of which must be in a university environment
- Proven ability to generate high quality written communications, grants, and reports
- Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborations with the diverse campus community and representatives from foundations and federal agencies
- Doctoral degree and experience in research methods
- Comprehensive knowledge of federal (e.g. NSF, NIH, NEHS, or DoED) regulations and grants/contracts management guidelines for awards involving highly detailed budgets.
- Ability to design and conduct professional development sessions
- Certified Research Administrators credential
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Significant experience in a university research environment with extensive knowledge of multiple sponsor grants and contract regulations, policies and procedures, guidelines, pertinent laws, and program funding policies. Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public and business administration, government accounting, and complex budgeting practices. Superior negotiation, presentation, and technical skills. Demonstrated ability to facilitate the success of faculty and staff in sponsored activities. Ability to analyze situations quickly and accurately and formulate effective courses of action. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff. Position requires a high degree of independence, discretion, and professionalism in the performance of many complex and critical functions in a fast-paced environment.
Employment Conditions: A twelve-month administrative position reporting to the Office of the Provost. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Position Availability: July 1, 2017
Application Deadline: Review will begin April 3, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Application Materials: Interested candidates should submit the following materials by the deadline:
- A letter of application that summarizes one’s interest in and qualifications for the position and one’s administrative approach or philosophy;
- A curriculum vitae; and
- Names, titles, and complete contact information for at least three professional references.
Electronic submissions required. All materials should be submitted to <apply.interfolio.com/40950>.
Background Check Statement: Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.