Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs

Riverside, CA
May 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Title: Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs
Category: Management and Professional
Department: Sponsored Pgm Admin Services
Date Posted: 03/09/2017

Position Information: Responsible for supervising a team of sponsored programs professionals that provides support, advice, and sponsored programs services to the UCR research community. Provides advice to deans, department chairs, center directors, faculty and staff regarding sensitive, critical and/or highly complex issues, and interprets a broad range of sponsor policies and government regulations. Manages staff review of grant and contract award terms, including advanced analyses of exceptional award terms and the negotiation of sensitive and complex sponsored programs issues and awards. Interacts with a variety of campus and system-wide offices to facilitate the management, administration and conduct of sponsored programs. Assists the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the development and implementation of short and long-range plans for SPA. Participates in the development and delivery of research administration training courses.

Minimum Requirements: Demonstrated advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.
Expert knowledge of federal, state and non-profit sponsor regulations, policies, requirements, procedures and areas of interest.
Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy.
Avanced knowledge of intellectual property principles, policies, regulations, practices and the technical and legal issues affecting the protection, use and exploitation of intellectual property.
Advanced ability to identify complex problems and implement appropriate solutions.
Superior oral communications skills (which demonstrate the ability to effectively convey and explain information, influence outcomes and tactfully deal with diverse people, situations, and ideas) and superior written communications skills (which demonstrate the ability to draft clear, concise correspondence, specifications, documentation, and analytical reports).
Demonstrated knowledge of electronic proposal submission processes and funding mechanisms employed by extramural sponsors.
Expert knowledge of pertinent federal and non-Federal sponsor regulations including OMB Circulars, the NSF and PHS Grants Policy Statements, Federal Acquisition Regulation, patent and copyright law, and cost-accounting standards.
Five or more years of hands-on comprehensive experience drafting, negotiating, and finalizing research-related awards (e.g., contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, subawards/subcontracts, confidentiality agreements, data use agreements, memorandum of understanding, etc.) with Federal, State and local governmental agencies, and non-profit sponsors.
Ability to perform highly complex financial analysis and customized reporting.
Progressively responsible and recent experience drafting, negotiating, and finalizing the most complex research agreements, as well as confidential disclosure agreements and other research-related contracts, grants, and subcontracts with various sponsors/entities. Ten years of related work experience.
Excellent negotiation skills sufficient to arrive at mutually agreeable terms from a less than optimal starting position.
Advanced ability to organize workload in the face of competing priorities and to complete work assignments on a timely basis despite frequent interruptions.
Advanced ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse, multicultural, environment.
Demonstrated expert level competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports.
Leadership and mentoring skills to develop and oversee less experienced analysts.
Expert knowledge and understanding of the compliance and sponsor policies related to research administration.
Working knowledge of applicable policies, Federal and State laws and regulations, and industry standards relating to contract authority, research regulatory compliance requirements, subject injury and indemnification, intellectual property, copyright and patent law, confidentiality, publication rights, appropriate overhead rates, and the ability to develop expertise on many such policies, regulations and industry standards.
Expertise in the areas of fiscal management, human/animal subject compliance, intellectual property, conflict of interest, procurement, property management, environmental health and safety, and human resources (for academic and staff positions).

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of UC sponsored programs administration policies, procedures, and practices.

Additional Information: In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities'air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • Washington Monthly (August 2016) ranked UC Riverside 12th in the nation in its annual University and College Survey.
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  • Education Trust placed UC Riverside 9th in the nation for closing the graduation gap between black and white students by 1.7 percentage points.

  • In QS World University Rankings 2016/2017, UC Riverside's Department of Philosophy is #1 in the world for the frequency with which published papers are cited by other philosophers.

  • U.S. News and World Report Survey (September 2016) ranked UC Riverside 118th overall; earns "Great Schools, Great Prices."

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2016) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 to 200 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."

  • U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools (2016) including:

    • Graduate School of Education - 62nd among ranked schools

    • Bourns College of Engineering - 71st among ranked schools

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview


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