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Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

Company:
Roosevelt University
Job Location:
Chicago, Illinois
Category:
Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts
Category Administrative

Position Number A99535

Posting Number S0000912

Location Hybrid - Chicago

Open Date 03/25/2022

Open Until Filled? Yes

Job Type Full-Time

Position Summary
The Director of Research and Sponsored Programs is responsible for organization, direction and oversight of the University's program of grants and sponsored research. Directs administrative activities for externally funded grants and contracts, including funding source identification, institutional review, and signatory authority on proposals. Also negotiates contracts and develops research policy. This position will work directly with the Provost/EVP and serve as its primary administrator. Major duties of this role include:

  • Organize and direct the University's program of grants and sponsored research, under the direction of the Provost.
  • Oversee the preparation of grant proposals to fund major University initiatives. Assist faculty in applying for funding to support their research and scholarly goals.
  • Serve as liaison to the IRB.
  • Identify areas of funding and assist Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in grant proposal submission.
  • Represent the University in liaison with agencies providing grant funding. Review all modification in awards, requests for extensions and revisions in implementation schedules and negotiate with agency representative concerning these issues; supervise the preparation of correspondence regarding grants and contracts.
This is an at-will, full time, exempt position located at the Chicago office. This is a hybrid role and onsite attendance is required at minimum 2 days a week.

Roosevelt University requires all new hires to be compliant with our COVID-19 vaccination policy, found at the COVID-19 website. All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated (including booster shot if eligible) or have an RU approved religious or medical exemption. Proof of documentation will be required at the time of hire.

Federal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universities make known the contact information for the person responsible for coordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX regulations. At Roosevelt University, the Interim Title IX Coordinator is Toyia K. Stewart. Her office is in the Auditorium Building of the Chicago campus, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 740. She can be reached at 312-341-2137 or TitleIX@roosevelt.edu.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Experience in pre- and post-award activity; familiarity with issues of research compliance; knowledge of federal agency practices, regulations and policies; and evidence of leadership success in comparable situations.
  • Ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and diplomatically with faculty and offices of senior level administration: grants accounting; procurement and other university administrators. Must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and the willingness to reach out to various publics.
  • Understanding of federal regulations and agency guidelines for grants management and sponsored research, including NSF, US DOE, NIH, NEA and NEH.
  • Ability to work with program officers at State and federal agencies and act as effective liaison between faculty and funding agencies
  • Evidence of ability to manage budgets effectively.
  • Understanding of basic IRB functions and regulations.
  • Capability of producing creative and innovative solutions and approaches to common problems.
  • Highly developed written and verbal skills required.
Years of Experience Required 5-7

Required Education
Masters Degree

Minimum Qualifications
See knowledge, skills and abilities above.

Equipment Operated
Basic office equipment (computer/laptop, copier, telephone).

Working Conditions
Standard climate controlled office environment.

Duty and Responsibility
  • Organize and direct the University's program of grants and sponsored research, under the direction of the Provost.
  • Oversee the preparation of grant proposals to fund major University initiatives. Assist faculty in applying for funding to support their research and scholarly goals.
  • Manages internal grant transmittal process
  • Creates and fosters an environment of support for the University research community.
  • Set goals, develop strategic plans and implement programs to increase external and contract support for faculty.
  • Work with Business Office to provide oversight for post-award management and executing programs according the proposal parameters such as helping faculty to hire staff, purchase equipment and materials, meet procurement requirements.
  • Provide oversight of pre-award and post-award program staff, including program assistants, to work with faculty to prepare and submit proposals and help faculty manage grants after they are awarded
Percentage Of Time 40

Duty and Responsibility
  • Administer and interpret applicable federal and/or State laws and regulations regarding grant implementation and compliance.
  • Prepare and/or direct the preparation of reports and studies regarding opportunities for external funding of research, review criteria, and funding targets of proposal activity.
  • Disseminate electronic information about funding opportunities to faculty and staff on a regular basis. Inform specific faculty and staff about opportunities in their areas of interest/expertise/research.
  • Collaborate with program and faculty directors to compile statistical reports and other data for reports to the University administration, including monthly and annual reports, and other reports as requested by the Deans and administration. 
  • Participate with senior administration in the Provost's office in the creation of policies to promote grants and contracts which support the University's objectives and further programmatic opportunities.
  • Review individual grant proposals with faculty and staff to ensure compliance with funding agency policies; advise the Provost/Deans/program director on compliance with University policies, priorities and funding implications.
  •  Represent the University in liaison with agencies providing grant funding. Review all modification in awards, requests for extensions and revisions in implementation schedules and negotiate with agency representative concerning these issues; supervise the preparation of correspondence regarding grants and contracts.
Percentage Of Time 30

Duty and Responsibility
  • Coordinate with Business Office and Faculty Principal Investigator of current grant programs with sub-award components 
  • Establish and maintain effective communication and cooperative working relationships with University administrators, faculty, staff, government and private agencies. 
  • Initiate and plan workshops for all interested parties on the grant application and grant administration process, including new faculty. 
  • Direct the establishment and maintenance of essential records and files related to grants and contracts. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
Percentage Of Time 30
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