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Director-Research Development and Sponsored Programs

Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI 49855

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Job no: 493566
Work type: Staff
Location: Marquette, MI 49855
Categories: Executive/Director/Manager, Other

Position Title:Director-Research Development and Sponsored ProgramsDepartment:Graduate Education & ResearchTerm of Assignment:ContinuingTerm End Date, If Applicable: FLSA Status: Exempt = not eligible for overtimeWork Schedule:Traditionally Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm with occasional evening and weekend work requiredSalary:Targeted salary range: $80,480-$86,516Travel:Less than 10%Brief Statement of DutiesBrief Statement of Duties:Lead a cohesive team and be responsible for internal and external awards, ethical conduct of research, requisite compliance, and administration of University contracts and non-purchasing agreements. Cultivate collaborative relationships with faculty, administrators, and other key campus stakeholders to prepare complex proposals, contracts, budgets, and supporting documents in compliance with sponsor guidelines and federal, state, and local regulations.Minimum QualificationsRequired Education:Master's DegreeDiscipline / Degree Area: Required Specialized Training/Certifications: Required Minimum Work Experience:Five years of experience in grant development including submission, management, budget monitoring, project management, and accountability for project outcomes.
Demonstrated experience and ability to apply the principles and regulatory framework of the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), including financial management and regulatory policies such as Uniform Guidance, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and Single Audit.Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Attributes Required for Satisfactory Performance of the Position Duties:Demonstrated history of professional conduct in all interactions and the highest level of integrity including staff supervision.
Demonstrated success working with funded programs, specifically those sponsored by federal agencies.
Broad knowledge of and experience with all aspects of research and sponsored program administration and the award life cycle, pre- through post-award.
Familiarity with electronic research administration tools (e.g.,,, etc.).
Excellent communication skills, including written, presentation, and public speaking skills.Additional Desirable QualificationsAdditional Desirable Qualifications:Certified Research Administrator OR NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators) Sponsored Project Administration Fundamentals or equivalent training.
Experience with or knowledge of Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) processes and procedures.
Five years of demonstrated leadership experience in higher education grants management, ethical conduction of research, or similar functions in higher education.
Demonstrated experience managing the development and submission of funded extramural and intramural applications.
Demonstrated strategic leadership and successful supervision of employees.
Demonstrated success working effectively with a diverse pool of principal investigators, faculty, and senior leadership, as well as a broad range of other internal and external stakeholders.OtherSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Submit application, cover letter and resumeContact Information:
Julane Cappo, Associate Director of Human Resources, 906-227-1493Equal Employment Opportunity:NMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, and is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its employees.

Advertised: Jul 12 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 28 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University, located in Marquette, Michigan, is a dynamic four-year, public, comprehensive university that has grown its reputation based on its award-winning leadership programs, cutting-edge technology initiatives and nationally recognized academic programs.

Northern Michigan has a population of about 7,900 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers over 170 degree programs, including 25 graduate programs. More than 75 percent of NMU's 300-plus full-time faculty members have doctorates or the highest degree in their fields, and a hallmark of the NMU experience is that full-time faculty members teach at all levels - freshmen through graduate courses. NMU’s 1,100 employees view helping students succeed as not only a university priority, but a personal goal.


Northern Michigan University’s distinctive academic and career programs are nurtured by exceptional teaching and extensive opportunities for scholarship, creativity and engagement. Our supportive, connected community empowers students, graduates, faculty and staff to contribute to a diverse and sustainable world.


Northern Michigan University promotes an active environment to foster strong minds and bodies, inspires innovation and inclusion through community engagement, and develops leaders capable of local and global impact.

Working at NMU

Northern Michigan University prides itself on the knowledge, skills and real-world experiences that faculty and staff bring to campus. This process begins with attracting and selecting quality candidates. Our faculty, staff, and student employees have always combined to form a very special community here at Northern. One that works together with a common goal in mind: to provide a quality education and supportive environment for our students.

Have questions about working at Northern? Visit to learn more.

Diversity Statement: Northern Michigan University strives to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.

Inclusion is one of Northern’s seven core values. The inclusion value states: Northern is a safe and welcoming place. We aspire to learn from and encourage each other as global citizens, neighbors, colleagues and family. We desire to be a role model in embracing all types of diversity and diverse points of view, engaging in civil society and governance, protecting human rights and promoting social justice.

Our other core values include community, rigor, environment, connection, opportunity and innovation.

The NMU President’s Committee on Diversity is represented by 25 students, faculty and staff. The committee is charged with the six following tasks:

1) To create and implement action plans to promote diversity within the framework of the university’s mission and strategic plan.
2) To identify, evaluate, and respond to diversity issues.
3) To identify, plan, and support activities that will encourage, promote, and recognize diversity on campus.
4) To evaluate the effectiveness of the Committee’s efforts and make adjustments to continually improve, including if necessary, recommending changes to the Committee’s charge.
5) To direct the President’s attention to issues regarding diversity on campus and in the surrounding communities.
6) To submit a report that enumerates and evaluates the Committee’s activities and makes recommendations, including recommendations regarding resource allocation, to the President by June 1 each year.

There are many Northern Michigan University units and departments that work to cultivate diversity efforts. These departments include the President’s Office, Equal Opportunity Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Student Enrichment, Multicultural Education and Resources Center, Center for Native American Studies, and International Programs.

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