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Director of Grant Support - 500184

SUMMARY:

The director of grant support contributes to the educational and research goals of the University of Richmond by assisting faculty and staff in securing external grant funding. The director works primarily with individual faculty members seeking research or project support from public (federal and state agencies) and private (foundations) sources. The director serves as the institution’s primary resource for ensuring the effective and appropriate use of electronic grant portals and submission systems for all federal agencies, and works with the Office of the Controller to ensure that award conditions at met. The director also processes and manages all incoming and outgoing subawards, as well as other grant-related documents. The director of grant support supervises the grants research and communications specialist, and jointly supervises the department’s administrative coordinator.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Pre-Award:

  • Assist faculty, staff, and administrators with all aspects of preparing competitive external proposals for submission. This may include, but is not limited to, editing the narrative and drafting the budget, as well as advising on assessment and dissemination plans.
  • Serve as campus expert for all online federal proposal submission and reporting systems, including eraCommons, FastLane, research.gov, and grants.gov, among others.
  • Coordinate the approval process for outgoing grant applications (including budget, cost share, etc.), updating as needed in order to stay current with all applicable regulations.
  • Provide guidance to faculty and administrators on administrative, regulatory, and financial issues related to the application for/receipt of external awards and agreements.
  • Establish and maintain relationships between the University and federal and private funders of faculty research.
  • Advise individual faculty members of potential funding options, with the goal of matching the correct external funding opportunity with their research, scholarly, or creative project goals.
  • Identify innovative faculty and staff projects that might be competitive for external funding.
  • Conceptualize and write grant proposals, as needed.

Post-Award:

  • Communicate with multiple campus offices when external funds are received to ensure proper account designation and gift credit, when appropriate.
  • Partner with the director of grants accounting and others to resolve post-award budget questions.
  • Assist faculty and Grants Accounting colleagues in the preparation and submission of all required grant reports (interim and final).
  • Negotiate subcontracts with other institutions; monitor, amend, and renegotiate as necessary over the life of the grant.
  • Draft, execute, and process professional service agreements, material transfer agreements, MOUs/MOAs, and other grant-related contractual documents.
  • Maintain post-award procedures document and ensure accuracy throughout the year.

General:

  • Coordinate and/or present grant-related workshops, including those requiring campus visits by program staff from federal and private agencies.
  • Supervise the grants research and communications specialist and jointly supervise the FCGR administrative coordinator.
  • Develop, distribute, or assist in the creation of FCGR reporting (including monthly grant report reminders and quarterly activity reports, as well as end-of-year reporting and analysis), as required.
  • Attend faculty meetings, forums, and presentations to maintain familiarity with faculty interests and concerns.
  • Apply knowledge gained from attending professional development activities, including conferences, seminars, and webinars.
  • Represent FCGR on campus committees, as appropriate.
  • Provide support for other FCGR or Advancement functions, as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Working knowledge of federal grant proposal submission systems and portals, including advanced proficiency and experience processing NSF and NIH applications, in particular.
  • Extensive budgeting and proposal preparation/development experience, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Ability to juggle multiple, complex projects simultaneously while under tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of contract administration and grant-related documentation.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including grammar and attention to detail.
  • Ability to clearly communicate the nuances of grant program guidelines and compliance requirements to various campus constituents.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Highly responsive, flexible, and a dedicated problem solver, with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise independent judgment, and to communicate tactfully and diplomatically at all times.
  • Collaborative nature and desire to contribute meaningfully to a high-functioning team.
  • Patience and a sense of humor.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Five years of experience in research/sponsored projects administration, grant writing, or grant development is required, preferably in an educational institution.
  • Previous supervision experience preferred.

WORK HOURS:

  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week; occasional evenings and/or weekends

SALARY STRUCTURE:
Pay Grade 9 (Hiring Range $68,617.00 to $94,423.00 annually)

COVID-19:

The University of Richmond requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. The University allows exemptions to this requirement for religious, medical and strong personal conviction reasons. All newly hired employees must report their status within the first two weeks of employment.

ABOUT UR:

At the University of Richmond, we’re creative, inclusive, and determined. We’re Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond (www.richmond.edu) blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There’s only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

Organization

Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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