Director, Sponsored Programs

University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Grants and Contracts Administration the Director, Sponsored Program will plan, direct and administer the Sponsor Program Services for the University Massachusetts Medical School.  Serve as Campus official authorized to sign grant proposals, agreements and contracts including federal and non-federal contracts and awards. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with funding agencies, non-profit foundations, industry sponsors and university constituencies working with senior management to manage initiatives and issues that affect the research portfolio of the Campus. Manage staff activities to ensure compliance of institutional policies, federal and state regulations and sponsor guidelines.



  • Manage the activities of the Sponsored Program Office staff including hiring, firing, orientation, training, performance management and
  • Serve as the institution’s official authorized to sign grant proposals, agreements and contracts including federal and non-federal contracts and
  • Oversee the negotiation, review, and approval of all grant applications, awards, and industry-sponsored research Ensure documents comply with institution policies, federal regulations, state regulations and sponsor guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with funding agencies, non-profit foundations, industry sponsors and university constituencies.
  • Identify research funding opportunities and trends and disseminates information to appropriate campus faculty and staff.
  • Manage the institution’s grant proposal and award systems; oversee the accuracy of the data used for the generation and distribution of reports to senior management.
  • Serve as an institution resource, in conjunction with Grant Accounting and Compliance, regarding compliance with federal and state regulations and private funding Participate in interpretation and dissemination of changes.
  • Develop, implement and disseminate policies for pre-award activities assuring compliance with University, federal and state regulations as well as conflict of interest
  • Participate in campus meetings with relevant offices such as Administrative and Finance, Development, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Technology Management and Library to assess, direct and develop needed administrative infrastructure to support sponsored programs related
  • Ensure programmatic compliance with negotiated project terms; coordinates and authorizes submission of project
  • Coordinates required approvals from institutional IACUC, IBC, and IRB for
  • Oversee foreign project registration and collaborate with International Support Services on funded foreign projects.
  • Work with staff to prepare and disseminate educational materials on a variety of research administration topics to institution faculty and
  • Represent the University at national meetings on research funding services and participates with peers in university system­ wide meetings to ensure consistency in research policies and effective
  • Advocates for faculty and the institution with Assists department administrators and faculty in appropriate presentation of data to fulfill sponsor requirements while ensuring compliance with university policies.
  • Provide oversight and training for electronic grant
  • Performs other related duties as required


  • Bachelor' s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 10 years of demonstrated administrative responsibility in Pre-Award Research Administration or closely related field; with previous management and leadership skills working in a large complex
  • Possesses high-level communication skills, both oral and written including presentations, proposals, reports and memoranda both technical and confidential in
  • Ability to provide information to adverse audience including all levels of the organization.
  • Experience working effectively with multiple constituencies.
  • High level of diplomacy, discretion, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to recommend solutions and/or persuade others toward a course of action usually related to complex problems.
  • Extensive knowledge of policies, procedures, and requirements of federal and private granting agencies, as well as legal, business and academic requirements governing non-profit
  • Capacity to manage complex operational priorities including the development of strategies, which integrate plans and objectives of several programs, services or activities with other departments and/or
  • High level of diplomacy, discretion, and problem-solving skills required.
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations
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Realize Your Opportunities – A Career at UMASS Medical School

Inside Workings at UMASS Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Commonwealth's only public medical school, is proud of our role in serving the people of Massachusetts. Although, its the inside workings of UMMS that makes the difference.

Mission and Culture

  • We’re serious about our mission and about our people. 
  • Real World Impact - Our people get excited about our mission of real-world impact in health sciences education, research and public service.
  • International Prominence and New Opportunities - As this institution has grown to national – and international – prominence, we’ve found new opportunities to train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and scientists,  discover causes of and cures for disease and help improve the quality of health care.
  • Deep Commitment - With our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, and our other teaching affiliates, we share a deep commitment to national distinction in patient care.
  • Valued Partnerships – UMMS partners with Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting arm of UMMS. Also, UMMS partners with MassBiologics in scientific collaborations, technology management and creating partnerships for the development of products for the benefit of patients.  These valued partnerships help us to provide services and programs to help meet our needs at UMMS and the public.
  • Proud Contributors - People at UMMS enjoy the feeling of going to work every day knowing what they do is truly important and worthwhile.
  • Complementary and Inseparable - These varied parts of our mission and culture are complementary and inseparable.                 


UMMS, the state’s first and only public academic health sciences center, educates physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion.  UMMS is a world-class institution with opportunities to match. 

Competitive Compensation – UMMS offers salaries that are competitive with Worcester-area employers. When combined with our generous benefits, perks, and paid time off, many job seekers are surprised to find a total rewards package that matches or exceeds their current situation.

Targeted Hiring Process – At UMMS, there are actually multiple hiring processes for different segments of our workforce.  In nearly all cases, UMMS hiring process is decentralized, with qualified candidates screened and referred to an academic officer or manager with hiring authority.

24/7 Access to Employment Opportunities – iCIMS is our online job search and application system.  iCIMS is available 24/7 to provide you with a convenient and up-to-date view of the available employment opportunities across our campuses. Updates are made daily and include all faculty and non-faculty position listings from every school and department within the UMMS. When you identify a position you are interested in and qualified for, apply online. New opportunities become available frequently so it pays to check back often!


With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, UMMS may be exactly the employer you’ve been looking for.

• Superior Benefits - UMMS offers a wide range of benefits and perks that invite comparison with the best employers in the Worcester area – and with academic institutions anywhere. UMMS provides superior medical and dental coverage for you and your family, fully funded retirement plans, generous time off, a Tuition Assistance Plan – and much more.

• People Centered - UMMS is an employer, but it is also a community. Its comprehensive medical and dental benefits, retirement plans, and even paid holidays reflect an institution built around people, with a deep respect for their differences and needs.

• Commitment to Healthy Living - UMMS provides resources to help you balance work and life and encourages healthy living through great programs and discounts for fitness, physical activity, weight management, nutritional counseling and general wellness available through our health insurance plans.

• Breadth of Offerings - Above all, the breadth of UMMS offerings set the School apart and makes it an environment favored by all sorts of smart, career-savvy people.

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As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
1979: PhD program begins
1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
2001: Lazare Research Building opens
2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

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