Executive Director of Research & Sponsored Projects

Job description

Classification Title

Position: Executive Director of Research & Sponsored Projects

Division: Academic Affairs

Department: Office of Research & Sponsored Projects

Nature of Work

The University of West Georgia, a dynamic, rapidly growing institution located about one hour from Atlanta, GA, seeks an Executive Director of Research and Sponsored Projects who will play a key role in facilitating the growth of the university’s external funding portfolio. The ideal candidate will play a key role in developing strategies for pursuit of grants and oversight of sponsored programs in alignment with UWG’s mission and strategic plan. The Executive Director is responsible for the administration and management of the UWG Office of Sponsored Programs ensuring compliance with all federal administrative requirements and costing principles, state regulations, grantor restrictions, and university fiscal policies. The Director works with all aspects of proposal administration, sponsored program agreements, and contract negotiation with external agencies. The position advises and assists senior administrators and principal investigators with issues related to externally-sponsored research activities and affiliated contractual requirements.

The Executive Director’s duties include:
• Facilitates the execution of a university-wide public grants program in keeping with the needs, priorities, and competencies of the institution and its faculty and staff.  Efforts range from finding grant sources and informing appropriate individuals; assisting with and overseeing the development and writing processes; and assisting with final grant production, presentation, and achievement. 
• Develop policies that will support and expand the institution’s external funding capacity.
• Continually review and update information pertaining to changes in federal regulations, specific agency requirements, and procedures for administration of funded awards. 
• Provide oversight and faculty and staff support in grant and sponsored program activities to include contract and subcontract preparation, negotiation, and recommendation for acceptance.
• 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.

Essential Qualifications:
1. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
2. Strong management and leadership skills and the proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, private, and public sponsoring agencies.
3. Possess a demonstrated commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment.
4. Knowledge of proposal funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal and University regulations.
5. Provide oversight and faculty/staff support in grant and sponsored program activities to include contract and subcontract preparation, negotiation, and recommendation for acceptance.

Required Qualifications

Master’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

Five or more years of experience in upper management/leadership of a sponsored grants and contracts office. Active affiliation with sponsored research professional organizations.



Physical Requirements

Long periods of sitting in a normal office environment. The ability to lift 25 pounds.

Special Certifications required?

Research administrator certification favorable.

Notice to Applicants

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

Posting Date

03/22/2018 – 04/05/2018



  1. Required Documents: Resume, cover letter
  2. Preferred Documents: up to three letters of reference






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Posted: 3/22/2018
Application Due: 4/30/2018
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