Director of Sponsored Projects

Edinburg, Texas
Commensurate with experience
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Scope of Job

Provides strategic leadership and oversight of all sponsored research operations within the university. Ensures accountability, effectiveness, customer service, and streamlining of grants and contracts operations.

Description of Duties

• Responsible for assisting the Associate VP for Research and Sponsored Projects in creating and maintaining institutional policies and procedures related to research and sponsored projects to ensure compliance with federal, state, and university rules and regulations.
• Directs and manages the daily operations of pre and post-award administration of internal and externally funded projects including all financial and operations reporting requirements for the Office of Sponsored Projects.
• Translates goals and policies into operational plans and procedures.
• Responsible for the strategic planning and continuous quality improvement in sponsored research operations.
• In partnership with Division leadership, develops and implements strategic initiatives for the research mission of the university.
• Act as office representative with other university departments.
• Facilitates and supports UTRGV research enterprise by drafting and reviewing a variety of contracts and agreements including, but not limited to, Sponsored Research Agreements, Consortium Agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Testing and Teaming Agreements, Memorandums of Agreement and Memorandums of Understanding, Product Supplier Agreement, Limited Use Agreement and other as needed.
• Reviews, interprets, analyses and advises on the legal business, and agreements.
• Approves proposed projects for submission and supervises implementation of grants upon receipt.
• Supports the activities of the Faculty Research Council; serves on department, division and university committees as needed.
• Prepares Office of Sponsored Projects publications and announcements.
• Ensures compliance with sponsor as well as state and university guidelines for proposals.
• Develop and steward relevant innovative technologies and practices institution-wide.
• Plans and develops workshops and other institution-wide training sessions regarding institutional and granting agency required research policies and procedures.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

General direction from Executive Director for Sponsored Projects.

Supervision Given

Direct supervision of assigned staff.

Required Education

Master’s degree in business, higher education administration, or in research-related field from an accredited university.

Preferred Education

Legal training that is directly related to the area of Sponsored Research Projects.


CRA Certification is preferred.

Required Experience

Five (5) years of experience in sponsored research or research administration, including two (2) years of supervisory experience. Experience in pre- and post-award activities, including investigators from the science to the humanities. Working knowledge of funding agencies, including policies, procedures, and regulations. Working knowledge of federal sponsoring agencies’ programs and regulations, policies and procedures, as well as OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, A-133, and FAR.

Preferred Experience

Knowledge of business and contract law or negotiation experience. Experience with electronic research administration tools like online databases, Fastlane and other submission facilities, internet resources, spreadsheets, complex databases and website development.


Use of standard office equipment.

Working Conditions

Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Office Environment; some travel and weekend work is required.


Excellent oral and written communication, financial, analytical, and negotiating skills. Ability to work as a team member demonstrating self-reliance and resourcefulness. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups and to provide leadership and direction. Demonstrated ability to network and consensus build with internal and external stakeholders.

EEO Statement

UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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