Associate Vice President, Sponsored Programs Administration

Augusta, Georgia
Sep 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Overview

Augusta University (, a premier public research university and academic medical center, announces a national search for Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration. We welcome applications and nominations.

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Research, the Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration and Executive Director of Augusta University Research Institute (AURI) will be responsible for providing leadership, support, and strategic direction for all sponsored programs administration. 

The Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration is responsible for leading the Division of Sponsored Programs Administration, overseeing all aspects of proposal review and submission, negotiation of award terms and conditions, compliance with administrative and fiscal award terms, as well as identifying and resolving issues through the life-cycle of an award. The chosen candidate will also be responsible for responding to the needs of researchers, to be supportive of research processes, infrastructure, and procedures in place at AU, and to work collaboratively with AU Executives, Deans, the Office of Legal Affairs, and Leadership to foster a positive, productive and growing research environment. 

Serving ex officio as the Executive Director for Augusta University Research Institute (AURI), a separate 501(c)3 organization, the incumbent will work collaboratively with the Board of the AURI, providing quarterly reports, and an annual operating budget. She/he will provide recommendations and opportunities for reinvestment in AU research programs, research incentive programs and will be responsible for responding to and supporting the recommendations of Leadership. 

The Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration oversees and collaborates with AU Executives, Deans and leaders, as well as external sponsors and agencies, to ensure compliance, efficient execution, and cooperation in the execution and management of sponsored programs/projects. She/he will also be responsible to collaborate with other research stakeholders in a cooperative coordination of financial and non-

financial award management, contract negotiations (i.e. material transfer, Data Use Agreement (DUA), and clinical trial awards, etc.), sub-award management, export controls, biosafety, Conflict of Interest (COI), effort certification, A-122 A 133 and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) compliance. 

The position is responsible for maintaining knowledge of and responding to changes in federal government requirements, sponsor terms and conditions, shifting levels of funding, and the financial and cash management of sponsored projects. The incumbent will oversee administrative processes, lead strategic planning, and develop strategic initiatives for sponsored programs administration. She/he will be responsible for developing goals, objectives, and strategies and implementing operational plans in accordance with the direction of the AU Research strategic plan.  

Augusta University is seeking a dynamic and accomplished academic and research executive who can work effectively in a highly matrixed and relationship-driven culture. The Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration must be an experienced leader, with proven ability to think strategically and execute plans deliberately and with great success.  This visionary leader will have effectively managed growth and process improvement in a complex and dispersed but system-oriented environment. He/she must embrace the values of Augusta University - Collegiality, Compassion, Excellence, Inclusivity, Integrity, and Leadership - and lead through respect, humility and intellectual curiosity.


The Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration and Executive Director of Augusta University Research Institute (AURI) will demonstrate a career track of documented accomplishments in increasingly complex research administrative roles. The ideal candidate is a seasoned research administrator with demonstrated breadth of expertise in grants and contracts administration, strong mentoring and problem solving skills, and strong orientation to a service oriented culture.  The exceptional professional chosen for this role will oversee and orchestrate all aspects of sponsored programs administration, with proven ability to establish the division as a strategic resource. The chosen AVP brings process-oriented skills, expertise in team building and success in managing relationships among pre-award administration, post-award administration, external sponsors, faculty, research administrators, research-related entities and legal office within the University, and possesses expertise to contribute to the development of University policy as it relates to research administration and compliance. The selected leader will demonstrate a solid foundation, working knowledge and, ideally, direct experience with regulatory, legislative, and governing bodies impacting research, grants and contracts administration to ensure compliance with applicable laws, along with collaboration skills and proven ability to maintain balance between excellent relationships with external sponsors and the internal requirements of the University.

In addition the Associate Vice President will have:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent and at least ten (10) years of combined experience in financial management, sponsored programs administration, contract negotiations and research program administration. Doctorate Degree, CPA or Law degree may be an asset, yet are not required.
  • Proven expertise in budget and financial reporting with ability to accurately analyze complex financial and accounting data.
  • Proven experience in promoting and expanding grant opportunities and in securing grants. 
  • Proven experience in developing and leading a collaborative team environment and in collaborating and leading teams across and throughout the organization. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to work with information technology to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of institutional operations including process redesign and simplification. 
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and financial standards.
  • Knowledge of human resource practices. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Uniform Guidance and of state and federal procurement regulations. 
  • Working knowledge of electronic proposal submission process. 
  • Ability to prepare budgets with realistic cost share and indirect cost recovery.
  • Strong written communication, oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives both collaboratively and independently.
  • Ability to assist internal and external auditors with all pertinent data and information essential to completing required annual and special audits.
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to master financial and research systems.
  • Desire and ability to enact change, strong task orientation and high level of energy.
  • Personal characteristics associated with successful professionals, including a vigorous work ethic, sound judgment, impeccable integrity, demonstrated initiative, appropriate professional appearance, attitude and personality to work effectively with colleagues, senior leadership of AU and the AU Health System, federal, state and local officials, and constituents. 

Resumes should be submitted electronically to the search firm assisting Augusta University:

Florene Stawowy, Senior Search Consultant

Wheless Partners

The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript. Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

Augusta University is an AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer.


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