Director of Sponsored Programs for the UT Institute of Agriculture

Knoxville, TN
Mar 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Director of Sponsored Programs for the UT Institute of Agriculture (Knoxville, TN)

Regular Full-time, Market Range MR15

Overview and Mission:

The UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides effective and efficient pre-award support for externally funded research, extension and teaching activities while also remaining compliant. The Director of UTIA OSP reports to and directly supports the Dean of UT AgResearch by providing vision and strategic direction to achieve the mission. This position will stay abreast of policies and procedures pertaining to research administration and ensure that information is provided to UTIA faculty, staff and administrators. The incumbent will assume overall responsibility for UTIA's proposal development and award negotiation for externally funded grants and contracts.

The UTIA OSP provides individualized service in all aspects of proposal development and award negotiations for federal, state, and private funding. OSP helps ensure compliance with internal and external requirements within an atmosphere of professionalism and collaboration.

Job Responsibilities:

This is a full-time position providing overall leadership, direction, and management to optimize efficiency and productivity for UTIA's Office of Sponsored Programs. This position assigns and/or approves the assignment of work functions and analyzes the work structure to provide staff with the proper tools to manage their workload. Additionally, this position will inform, advise, and collaborate with the AgResearch Dean, other UTIA leadership and external partners to ensure alignment with federal, state and local laws, regulations, and mandates. Assessing the needs and developing policies and procedures to ensure and protect the interests of the Institute is also a responsibility of the Director.

The Director has delegated authority to negotiate and accept sponsored contracts and grants and signature authority on proposals. The Director may also represent the AgResearch Dean at meetings and on committees, as appropriate. Working with other institutes and university offices to streamline processes that affect OSP and working with other UT System campus research offices on common policies, procedures, practices, and Electronic Research Administrations System development is necessary.

Required Qualifications:

    Master’s degree with five years of experience working in an office of sponsored programs administration in an academic, research institute, foundation, or national laboratory environmentExperience directly supervising full-time, professional employeesExperience in negotiating and administering various types of contracts, awards, grants, and other types of agreements with agencies such as USDA NIFA, NSF, USEPA, FFAR, DOE as well as private foundations
Preferred Qualifications:

    CRA certification preferred
  1. Experience working in an academic institution with preference given to experience working in a Central Sponsored Programs Office
  2. Experience as Authorized Organization Representative (AOR)
  3. Doctoral degree
The Knoxville Community:

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along the Tennessee River, Knoxville is a thriving Southern city known for its great outdoors, diverse music scene, and wide variety of eateries. It is nationally known for its Urban Wilderness, located less than three miles from downtown, with more than 50 miles of natural trails. A vibrant downtown, located less than a mile from the heart of the UT campus, offers live entertainment, unique shopping and outstanding local dining.

With a population at nearly 185,000, it is both the oldest and the third-largest city in the state of Tennessee; only Memphis and Nashville are larger., Knoxville is a one-hour drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the U.S. National Park Service’s most-visited site. Knoxville also is within a day’s drive or less to many major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and the Atlantic coast. UT’s Neyland Stadium is one of the country’s largest sports venues. Knoxville was rated #8 in "America's Favorite Places" by Travel & Leisure, #2 in “Most Affordable Cities” by Forbes, #5 for “Best Cities for Small Business” by CNN Money, and a Top 10 “Destination on the Rise” by Trip Advisor.


Job application review will begin on April 1, 2021 and remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. Qualified individuals must apply online and submit application materials via electronic means through the UT recruitment website at:

Applications must include: (1) resume, (2) letter of interest, and (3) names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least four professional references.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to: [email protected]


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Administration-Ag Experiment Station
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Mar 11, 2021, 3:15:49 PM