Assistant Vice President (1700005X)

Towson, Maryland
Mar 20, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

Assistant Vice President - (1700005X)

Job Purpose Towson University is accepting applications for an Assistant Vice President in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Sponsored Programs and Research oversees and directs the Towson University Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR). The AVP supervises OSPR staff across the areas of pre-award, post-award, and research compliance, and leads and manages a collegial and creative team that works together cooperatively to achieve unit goals. The AVP creates and maintains alignment of OSPR operations with the goals and objectives of Towson University and the Division of Academic Affairs. A key aspect of this position is connecting with faculty in identifying and facilitating submission of grant applications and/or contract proposals. This critical position reports to the Associate Provost for Academic Resources & Planning and is located at Towson University's Administration Building.


Oversees and directs the Towson University Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. Oversees recruitment, training, performance of OSPR team members, and continually evaluates strengths and weaknesses of OSPR staff to maintain a well-trained, highly involved, and positively motivated team. Reaches out to, leads, and assists faculty in identifying and submitting grant applications and/or contract proposals, and ensures timely submissions. Oversees accuracy of budget, scope of work, time and effort reporting, indirect cost rates, cost sharing, and other related items and delegates responsibilities to the appropriate units in OSPR. Identifies and/or reports potential conflict of interest, export control, and other special situations to appropriate senior administration. Ensures appropriate quality assurance in all OSPR operations, and compiles and prepares varied reports and analyses of OSPR activities. Generates and submits necessary mandated state, federal, and other reports.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Five years of experience in a sponsored program or similar unit in a higher education setting, including two years of direct supervisory experience involving recruitment, training, and/or professional development required. Possesses in-depth knowledge of sponsored program pre-award, post-award, and research compliance operations and requirements, and is able to follow all necessary institutional, USM, state and federal requirements, regulations, and laws. Possesses experience with and knowledge of NIH, NSF, US Department of Education, and other relevant federal, state, and private funding agencies and procedures and related state and federal regulations, as well as IRB, IACUC, and IBC regulations. Excellent knowledge and understanding of related OMB Super Circular / Uniform Guidelines, federal accounting standards, federal and state agency policies and regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Demonstrated ability to lead and manage in a positive and collaborative team work environment, and to delegate to others when necessary. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain high quality work standards while preserving a collegial, satisfying, and respectful work environment. Able to interact professionally, ethically, and respectfully with parties both inside and outside of the OSPR. Excellent communication skills.

Master’s degree in a related field. RACC Certification as a Certified Research Administrator and/or Sponsored Programs Administrator. Advanced experience in research administration and/or contract and grant funding operations.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Salary and Benefits 

Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here.

This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.

The Clery Act specifies the federal right to know about crimes occurring on or near college or university campus. In compliance with the act, Towson University distributes the annual Clery Report, which can be found here.


Academic Affairs Division

Primary Location

Main Campus

Job Posting

Mar 16, 2017


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