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Job Title:   Director of Sponsored Programs
Spelman College

Director of Sponsored Programs
Note:  This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required or assigned to an employee in this position. 
This position reports to the Associate Provost of Research and is primarily responsible for the planning and development of extramurally supported programs of the College, and for facilitating faculty and staff participation in such activities. The Office of Sponsored Programs staff works closely with the Associate Provost for Research to provide technical assistance throughout the Pre-Approval, Pre-Award, and Post-Award phases of grants management.  The Director provides overall direction and supervision to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) staff to ensure that the mission of the Office is being effectively pursued. The Director encourages, assists in the development of, and provides review and preliminary approval of, all proposals to ensure submission is consistent with College and sponsor guidelines and ensures the financial integrity of all externally funded projects. In addition, the Director is responsible for ensuring that each project awarded is carried out in a manner consistent with College and sponsor policies and procedures. Spelman College seeks an OSP Director with competencies to work effectively and collaboratively in this unique campus environment where we are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of our students.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work in coordination with Associate Provost for Research to cultivate research capabilities across all academic divisions at the College and provide service to the faculty by facilitating their efforts to pursue scholarly activities, professional development, creative endeavors, training programs, equipment acquisition, and community service through the acquisition of extramural funding.
  • Strengthen the infrastructure of policies and procedures that facilitate involvement of faculty in research and scholarly pursuits anddevelop and conduct training programs to educate faculty and staff in the policies and procedures for proposal development and sponsored project administration;
  •     Promote externally sponsored instructional, research and public service programs by disseminating information on funding sources to faculty and conducting periodic grant information workshops.  In addition, facilitate the coordination and integration of interdepartmental research.
  •    Develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures for the administration of contracts and grants.  This includes the submission of applications, acceptance of awards, monitoring of project activities and expenditures, preparation of financial reports, and complying with sponsor and College terms and conditions.
  •     Serve as liaison with the Office of Budget and Contracts, Office of Human Resources, Office of the Controller, Office of Public Relations / Communications, Office of Provost and Purchasing to facilitate the management, administration, and conduct of Sponsored Programs including pre-award, post-award and close out as required.

Our ideal candidate profile will include:
Master’s degree required with ten years of relevant experience in the administration of externally funded sponsored research and associated funding agencies required.  PhD  and/or certification as a research administrator (CRA) preferred.  Previous supervisory experience is also required.
The incumbent must have previously demonstrated the ability to:
  •  Interact with governmental agencies, private foundations, businesses, and other community organizations in an academic context.
  •  Successfully plan and administer sponsored programs.
  •  Administer a substantial sponsored programs setting with extensive knowledge in Federal, state, and local contract and grant policies, procedures, terms, and conditions.
  •  Work in a college setting and with diverse communities.
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