Director of Grant Support - 500184

Richmond, Virginia, USA
Mar 27, 2017
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Director of Grant Support - 500184


The director of grant support contributes to the educational and research goals of the University of Richmond by assisting faculty and staff in securing external grant funding. The director works primarily with individual faculty members seeking research or project support from public (federal and state agencies) and private (foundations) sources. The director serves as the institution's primary resource for ensuring the effective and appropriate use of electronic grant portals and submission systems for all federal agencies, and works with the Office of the Controller to ensure that award conditions at met. The director also processes and manages all incoming and outgoing subawards, as well as other grant-related documents. The director of grant support supervises the grants research specialist, and jointly supervises the department's administrative coordinator.

***For full consideration candidates should complete the online application process by April 15, 2017. The following are required for consideration; an online application, a resume, and a cover letter.



  • Assist faculty, staff, and administrators with all aspects of preparing competitive external proposals for submission. This may include, but is not limited to, editing the narrative and drafting the budget, as well as advising on assessment and dissemination plans.
  • Serve as campus expert for all online federal proposal submission and reporting systems, including eRA Commons, FastLane,, and, among others.
  • Coordinate the approval process for outgoing grant applications (including budget, cost share, etc.), updating as needed in order to stay current with all applicable regulations.
  • Provide guidance to faculty and administrators on administrative, regulatory, and financial issues related to the application for/receipt of external awards and agreements.
  • Establish and maintain relationships between the University and federal and private funders of faculty research.
  • Advise individual faculty members of potential funding options, with the goal of matching the correct external funding opportunity with their research, scholarly, or creative project goals.
  • Identify innovative faculty and staff projects that might be competitive for external funding.
  • Conceptualize and write grant proposals, as needed.


  • Communicate with multiple campus offices when external funds are received to ensure proper account designation and gift credit, when appropriate.
  • Partner with the director of grants accounting and others to resolve post-award budget questions.
  • Assist faculty and Grants Accounting colleagues in the preparation and submission of all required grant reports (interim and final).
  • Negotiate subcontracts with other institutions; monitor, amend, and renegotiate as necessary over the life of the grant.
  • Draft, execute, and process professional service agreements, material transfer agreements, MOUs/MOAs, and other grant-related contractual documents.
  • Maintain post-award procedures document and ensure accuracy throughout the year.


  • Coordinate and/or present grant-related workshops, including those requiring campus visits by program staff from federal and private agencies.
  • Supervise the grants research specialist and jointly supervise the FCGR administrative coordinator.
  • Develop, distribute, or assist in the creation of FCGR reporting (including monthly grant report reminders and quarterly activity reports, as well as end-of-year reporting and analysis), as required.
  • Attend faculty meetings, forums, and presentations to maintain familiarity with faculty interests and concerns.
  • Apply knowledge gained from attending professional development activities, including conferences, seminars, and webinars.
  • Represent FCGR on campus committees, as appropriate.
  • Provide support for other FCGR or Advancement functions, as requested.


  • Working knowledge of federal grant proposal submission systems and portals, including advanced proficiency and experience processing NSF and NIH applications, in particular.
  • Extensive budgeting and proposal preparation/development experience, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Ability to juggle multiple, complex projects simultaneously while under tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of contract administration and grant-related documentation.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including grammar and attention to detail.
  • Ability to clearly communicate the nuances of grant program guidelines and compliance requirements to various campus constituents.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Highly responsive, flexible, and a dedicated problem solver, with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise independent judgment, and to communicate tactfully and diplomatically at all times.
  • Collaborative nature and desire to contribute meaningfully to a high-functioning team.
  • Patience and a sense of humor.


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Five years of experience in research/sponsored projects administration, grant writing, or grant development is required, preferably in an educational institution.
  • Previous supervision experience preferred.


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week

Pay Grade 9
To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure.

Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation's first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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