Director of Sponsored Programs & Research

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The Position

Lewis University invites applications for a Director of Sponsored Programs and Research. The Director has the responsibility for promoting and managing sponsored programs at the University. The Director supports and guides faculty, staff, and administration in locating external funding opportunities, assists in the preparation, coordination, and submission of proposals, and supports faculty in the administration of the funded programs and research. The Director serves as an expert for interpreting, explaining, and applying governmental research regulations, and developing and implementing policies that provide infrastructure and support for sponsored programs university-side.

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone who wants to use their expertise and support the university as it shifts towards new ways of thinking.  Lewis University serves a diverse student population and community.  We invite applications from individuals that embody a commitment to diversity.

Lewis University

Located 25 miles southwest of Chicago, Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University has been nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. In addition to our main campus in Romeoville, Illinois, we have a growing number of fully on-line programs and locations in Oak Brook, Tinley Park and Albuquerque, NM.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Lewis University provides tuition benefits, health plans and retirement benefits that add to your bottom line. For additional information on Lewis as an institution, please see our website at

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree, Certified Research Administrator (CRA), or significant demonstrated experience.  Demonstrated experience in sponsored program administration, pre-award, proposal development and grant management experience, and developing and presenting educational and training programs for a variety of audiences, preferably in a university environment. Working knowledge of current external regulations, laws, and sponsor policies related to research and sponsored projects administration.  Superior oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications 

Extensive and demonstrated pre-award, proposal development and grant writing experience. Experience drafting and negotiating research and research-related agreements with the federal and state governments.

Application Process

Interested applicants can view a full description of this position and apply online at

Inspired by the University’s Mission values of Wisdom, Knowledge, Justice, Fidelity and Association, the Lewis Community declares that we are a Sanctified Zone where people are committed to working to end racism, bias and prejudice by valuing diversity in a safe and nurturing environment. Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, serves a diverse community and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion on our campus as an equal opportunity employer.

We invite applications from individuals that embody a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. We are fully dedicated to providing opportunities for development of the whole person. To demonstrate this commitment, Lewis University wishes to build a culturally diverse workforce which strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.




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Job No:
Posted: 12/3/2018
Application Due: 2/1/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Salary commensurate with skills & experience + tuition benefits, health plans and retirement benefit