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Director of Sponsored Programs

Job description



This position is responsible for directing the university's compliance with federal and non-federal grants and contracts.




  • Provides senior administrators with interpretations of federal and non-federal grant-related laws, regulations, policies and procedures to ensure compliance, reduce fraud, and mitigate risk.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to provide internal controls over award activities and expenditures; monitors and guides researcher activities and expenditures to ensure compliance.
  • Supervises OSP research administrators; develops internal controls for active awards, proposals, and researchers; manages OSP budget; analyzes research impact data and writes reports.
  • Serves as liaison for all external grant fund and financial audits; works with other business units and external auditors; writes responses to findings and corrective action plans.
  • Develops the strategic research fundraising plan; ensures the effective use of information management software.
  • Sets Office of Sponsored Programs priorities.
  • Trains, assigns, directs, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines staff.
  • Develops and submits unit assessments.
  • Develops and implements strategic plans to increase unit efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Coordinates the work of conflict resolution committee; consults with researchers to correct activities deemed noncompliant; provides auditors with proof of corrective actions.
  • Directs the production of the OSP newsletter and the Standard Operating Procedures Manual.
  • Supervises the delivery of specialized technical assistance workshops to faculty and staff.
  • Leads contract development and negotiation for proposed grants and contract partnerships.
  • Researches and identifies technology transfer, research commercialization, and new revenue opportunities.
  • Ensures on-time submission, completeness, competitiveness, and compliance of grant applications.
  • Diversifies the research funding portfolio; matches funding opportunities with faculty research programs.
  • Facilitates the development of the university's out-of-state funding economic impact; advises on ways to develop the research enterprise; develops and reports research revenue and expenditure statistics.
  • Leads the negotiation of the indirect cost rate with federal agencies; recommends an indirect cost rate recovery redistribution plan.
  • Monitors research and programs requiring review by the Institutional Review Board, Human Subjects, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.




  • Knowledge of federal and non-federal grant requirements.
  • Knowledge of professional research administration principles.
  • Knowledge of funding sources.
  • Knowledge of internal control procedures.
  • Knowledge of program management and auditing principles.


  • Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.






Guidelines include Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance for all federal agencies, State of Georgia business practices manuals, Title III policies and procedures, and university and Board of Regents policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.




  • The work consists of varied duties in directing the university's sponsored program operations. Strict regulations and deadlines contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to oversees the administration, management, and compliance of sponsored programs.




  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other university personnel, external constituents, alumni, partner organizations, and funding agencies.
  • Contacts are typically to motivate or influence persons, to resolve problems, or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.




  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table. The employee occasionally lifts light objects.
  • The work is typically performed in an office.




This position has direct supervision over Pre-Awards Coordinator (1) and Post-Awards Coordinator.




  • Master's degree in a course of study related to the occupational field required.
  • More than three years of related experience required.

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Job No: 703945
Posted: 1/11/2018
Application Due: 3/11/2018
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