Director of Research and Sponsored Projects

Carrollton, Georgia
Jul 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Classification Title

Position: Director of Research & Sponsored Projects

Division: Academic Affairs

Department: Research & Sponsored Projects


Nature of Work

This position is an opportunity to grow sponsored operations at a dynamic, growing institution that is committed at the highest level to pursuing external funding.
This position is responsible for the leadership of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and reports to the Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. The Director leads the University’s sponsored programs administration and management, with the goal of actively and positively supporting the current and future research programs, scholarly activities, and creative endeavors of the faculty, staff and others while at the same time assuring compliance with all relevant federal, state, University and sponsor policies and regulations. The Director also works in partnership with other University offices in support of the University’s mission to establish, maintain and grow research partnerships with funding agencies/organizations (public and private), and businesses/corporations within the state and around the nation and world.
Areas of responsibility: Compliance - Monitors and interprets state and federal regulations regarding sponsored research and recommends and implements procedures to ensure University compliance. Establishes standards and protocols to meet contractual obligations to sponsors (governments, foundations, NGOs, professional societies, and individuals). Growth- Expands and increases sponsored activity (research, instruction, other) in order to optimize the dissemination and provision of knowledge to University community members (students, faculty, staff, administrators) and maximizes the recovery of facilities and administrative costs related to sponsored programs. Departmental Administration - Directs the activity of a department that functions in a highly dynamic environment and performs four primary functions: (1) the preparation/submission of proposals; (2) the management of awards (grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts); (3) the preparation of reports for decision-makers; and (4) the sponsored programs training of University personnel.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree required and five or more years related work experience. Effective verbal and written communication, organization and human relations skills; ability to work and communicate well with faculty and staff who represent a wide array of disciplines and interests; proficient with computer and Microsoft Office Applications software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; Analytical and critical thinking skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and external sponsors is essential as is a working knowledge of email, spreadsheets, electronic databases and the internet. Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiate and manage multiple proposals that have deadlines for submission while implementing numerous award agreements that are under steady scrutiny from leaders both within and outside the University. Work requires considerable judgment, initiative, creativity, and ingenuity. The ability to effectively multitask is essential.


Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree; five or more years of experience in upper management/leadership of a sponsored grants and contracts office. Active affiliation with sponsored research professional organizations.



$54,204.00 minimum - $83,854.00 midpoint


Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

Ability to lift 25 pounds.


Work Hours


Notice to Applicants

Please be advised that should you be recommended for a position, University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.


Posting Date

07/07/2017 – 08/10/2017



  1. Required Documents: Resume, cover letter
  2. Optional Documents: 3 letters of reference