Director, Sponsored Projects

Chicago, Cook County
May 02, 2014
Director, Sponsored Projects
Office of Research Services
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Illinois at Chicago

The Office of Research Services which is housed within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research invites applicants for the position of Director of Sponsored Projects. The Office of Research Services supports sponsored project activities with expenditures of $388M in 2012. The position is responsible for managing an office of 30 FTEs. This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and serves as a member of the Vice Chancellor's leadership team.

This position directs and oversees all aspects of pre-award and selected post-award management for the University of Illinois at Chicago by providing leadership, management, and development, in support of the promotion and growth of externally funded activities. This position provides expertise and leadership: for the development, implementation and operation of a pre-award electronic research administration (Kuali-Coeus) system; integration of information management system activities and workflow within the Office of Research Services and throughout the University; in maintaining records of proposals and awards and for reporting sponsored program activity and in establishing an efficient pre-award infrastructure. This position also has the ultimate responsibility for assuring that all proposals adhere to federal, state, university and sponsor requirements.

This position is a full-time (100percent) benefits eligible position and requires strong communication skills, the ability to work diplomatically with many stakeholders, and a demonstrated record of creative problem-solving.POSITION REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION: A Master's degree is required; JD degree or PhD is preferred. Additional certification as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or certified pre-award research administrator (CPRA) is preferred.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of seven (7) years' experience in the administration of sponsored research at a major research university, preferably at a public institution with a medical school; in the federal government, or at another entity engaged in sponsored research. A minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience. Demonstrated strong leadership, organizational and administrative skills related to pre-award administration in a complex academic research institution. Experience should include a record of commitment to, and delivery of, responsive service to the research community. Significant experience and in-depth knowledge of federal and non-federal regulations and guidelines, cost principles, uniform administrative requirements for grants and audits of states, local governments and non-profit organizations, including NSF, US DOE, NIH, NEA and NEH; knowledge of A-21, A-110 and A-133. Working knowledge of State of Illinois statutes. Membership or experience with professional research administrator organizations, such as SRA International, NCURA or FDP is preferred. Familiarity with Kuali-Coeus electronic research administration software preferred.

APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by June 2, 2014. Start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. All candidates must create a candidate profile through and upload one file that contains a cover letter, resume, salary history and contact information for three references by the close date.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.