Director of Sponsored Programs

Chicago, IL
May 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Chicago, IL

Job Code

This position is responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and advocacy for sponsored programs at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and responsible for designing and executing all activities to advance the sponsored programs, grants and funding for the institution from federal, state and regional funding agencies. The incumbent will also be responsible for positioning, in collaboration with institutional advancement personnel, communications personnel and senior TCSPP officers with personal and organizational contacts that might advance the institution's federal, state and regional extramural fund raising capacity, reputation and external visibility.

Specifically, the incumbent is expected to provide oversight and staff supervision for, as well to engage in direct activities that involve the following major functions of the Office of Sponsored Programs: (1) identification, preparation, proposal development, and submission of grants to federal, state and regional funding agencies to support institutional academic and professional priorities; (2) preparation of grants to foundations to support department and/or faculty-led programs and initiatives; (3) provision of technical assistance to faculty, staff and students student in identifying sources of extramural funding and in preparing proposals to secure such funds; and (4) design and implementation of pre-and post-award sponsored program strategies and operations;

Principal Duties
  • Provide overall supervision of personnel assigned to the Office Sponsored Programs.
  • Provide advice and consultation on sponsored program activities and priorities to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the University President, members of the President's Executive Cabinet and other officials of the institution.
  • Work in collaboration with the Senior Director, Institutional Advancement and Advancement Office
  • Develop and execute a cultivation and engagement strategy for program officers and other key representatives of regional/local, state, and federal funding agencies
  • Create a climate and culture of grantsmanship within the TCSPP community.
  • Assure that TCSPP's sponsored program activities and processes are in sync with national best practices.
  • Assure that all IRB functions are in sync with federal guidelines.
  • Assure the creation and maintenance of effective web presence.
  • Provide leadership in educating the institution's community on the "art," "science" and significance of grantsmanship within the TCSPP community.
  • Create annual sponsored programs goals for review and approval by the VPAA and President.
  • When delegated authority, approve grant/contract proposals prior to submission
  • Provide reports to the liaison to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees as required.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of regional/local, state and federal government funding agencies and protocols.
  • Experience in grants identification, cultivation and stewardship.
  • Knowledge of grants/contracts administration in institutions of higher education.
  • Knowledge of effective proposal development and grants management.
  • Knowledge of pre-and post- award standards in higher education.
  • Knowledge of federal regulations governing institutional review boards and standards governing the protection of human subjects.
  • Experience in compliance management and a broad understanding of regulations related to human subject compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and analyze a variety of materials to compile, evaluate and disseminate data on funding opportunities.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness in working cooperatively with others while enforcing rules, guidelines and required deadlines.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and presentation skills

Position Qualifications:
  • Ten years of documented experience and success in advancement and/or sponsored programs in higher education.
  • Senior level administrative experience in higher education in working with faculty and external publics in fund raising and/or grantsmanship.
  • Previous experience in supervising professional personnel in the higher education space.
  • Master's degree desired; Doctoral degree preferred.


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