Director of Grants & Contracts

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Classification Title:

Grants Administrator II

Internal Title:

Director of Grants & Contracts



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College of Education


CED College of Education

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Advertised Salary Range:

$49,594 Minimum Salary

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

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Work Schedule:

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position:

Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Other Professional

About UofSC:

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state’s flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Benefit Eligibility Type:

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

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Advertised Job Summary:

The Director of Grants & Contracts (Grants Administrator II) works with the Dean of the College to set targets and develop strategic plans for external funding. Attends department, College and other meetings as requested as a representative of the Office of Grants and Contracts. Oversees the generation of periodic fiscal and financial reports summarizing grants and contracts activity within the College. Oversees the generation of other reports as requested by the Associate Dean for Research. Transmits external funding data to College offices and departments, serves as a College liaison for grants and contract issues, transmits information regarding new grant awards to the Communications Office for use in College public relations and development, provides data to the College Business Office regarding accounts. Provides external funding training and facilitates communications regarding external training opportunities for both new and current members of the faculty. Collects and maintains information regarding faculty member expertise in the College and uses this to provide a match of funding opportunities with faculty members. Annually initiates, coordinates and approves salary savings for all College faculty. Maintains a system to coordinate necessary adjustments and to track salary savings throughout the year. Submits regular salary savings reports to the College Assistant Dean for Business Operations.

Coordinates and facilitates the acquisition of sponsored awards by assisting faculty members in identifying funding sources and developing and submitting proposals for external funding. Works with faculty members to develop and refine proposal budgets and to review proposal budgets and narratives for adherence to Sponsor guidelines. Acts as the College of Education point of contact for the Office of Sponsored Awards Management for issues surrounding proposal submissions. Responsible for uploading and routing all College grant proposals, including proposals for the Office of Educational Outreach, through USCERA on behalf of College faculty.

Provides post-award support to members of the faculty who obtain external funding for projects. Supervises office staff in the provision of both pre- and post-award support, appoints or approves project managers and assumes oversight for financial and human resource actions for these projects. Ensures timely processing of transactions related to these projects. Acts as the College point of contact for the Office of Sponsored Awards Management and the Office of Contract and Grant Accounting regarding post-award accounts management for all College grants and contracts. Reviews and approves all College grant expenditures, including all College Office of Educational Outreach expenditures, before distributing to the appropriate University offices for processing. Provides oversight and management of all College Office of Educational Outreach expenditures and accounts. Responsible for oversight and management of College Foundation accounts.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions):

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration or the social sciences and 4 years experience in contracts and grant administration activities.
Knowledge of computers and associated software, such as database software, is required.


Must have knowledge of University, State and Federal policies and must be able to quickly acquire knowledge of funding agency policies regarding expenditures, personnel issues, and reporting requirements. Must have expertise in grants administration, budget development, financial management, and public relations. Must be able to plan, organize, and communicate effectively.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

We are only accepting applications submitted by June 14, 2021.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 6/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time