Asst Director - Pre-Award Admin

Job description


We are currently seeking skilled and team-oriented applicants for the following position: Assistant Director-Pre-Award Administration

This position is responsible for: 1) Providing leadership and guidance to faculty and staff in the development of high quality grant and contract proposals, including evaluating and modifying text and developing appropriate budgets; 2) Developing proposals for institutional initiatives that contain evidence-based practices/outcomes and strong evaluation plans; 3) Promoting sponsored project activities through informational presentations; 4) Performing grant opportunity searches for faculty and staff and maintaining grant search database; 5) Maintaining professional expertise in regulatory compliance regarding human subjects and serving on the university's Institutional Review Board; and 6) Coordinating the unit's responsibilities for electronic research administration.

In order to be effective this position, the Assistant Director of Pre-award Administration will:

  • Participate fully and effectively in professional development activities
  • Participate effectively in university-wide activities and initiatives as assigned
  • Act professionally, performing their job in a way that reflects positively upon EWU and the Office of Grant & Research Development
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Strive to perform their job according to best practices in the field
  • Keep the Executive Director informed in a timely manner regarding status of program activities and identification of any areas of concern
  • Work effectively with faculty, staff and Grants Office colleagues

The candidate selected for this position will be rewarded with competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package which includes highly subsidized health/dental plans, retirement plan with 100% university match, generous paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays (adjusted accordingly), tuition waiver benefit and more!

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About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.


Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Salary range:

$58,760 (Base)
$71,000 (Max)


Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Three to five years of recent pre-award experience working in a university office of sponsored programs
  3. Experience preparing and submitting competitive applications for grants and contracts
  4. Experience developing complex budgets
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of federal regulations and grant terms and conditions
  6. Strong writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  7. Working knowledge of Human Subjects Research and Instutional Review Boards
  8. Demonstrated experience with Excel and other Microsoft Office products
  9. Passing of criminal background check (upon hire)
  10. Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency, universal accessibility and/or diversity.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Master's degree
  2. Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certificate.
  3. Demonstrated experience and understanding of Human Subjects Participants and Instutional Review Boards
  4. Experience in regulatory compliance as related to grants and contracts
  5. Demonstrated understanding of electronic research administration.
  6. Experience in contract execution
Other Skills and Abilities:

The Assistant Director must have demonstrated skills and abilities in a management capacity relevant to grants and contracts administration. The Assistant Director must possess the following attributes:

  • Leadership ability and good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, the ability to make complex decisions with a high level of initiative and judgment in a variety of situations.
  • This individual must maintain a broad network of internal working relationships, and have up to date knowledge of university policies and procedures and federal, state, agency/sponsor regulations, laws, and guidelines.
  • In addition, the individual must possess problem solving and time management skills and be able to maintain confidentiality.




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Posted: 9/19/2019
Application Due: 10/3/2019
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