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Director - Research Services

Middle Tennessee State University
Job Location:
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts
Job Title

Director - Research Services


Research and Sponsored Programs


$115,542 - $149,242; commensurate with experience

Job Summary/Basic Function

The Director is responsible for the administration and management of the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) ensuring compliance with all federal administrative requirements and costing principles, state regulations, grantor restrictions, and university fiscal policies. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Research, the Director contributes to the effort to grow the university's external funding portfolio. The Director takes an active, strategic approach to increase institutional efforts to obtain external funding through federal and state grants, contracts, and other sources. The Director assists the Vice Provost for Research and principal investigators with issues related to externally-sponsored research activities and affiliated contractual requirements and will perform other related special projects as assigned.

Required Education

Master's degree.

Required Related Experience

Five years progressively responsible experience in research administration with two years of the total five years experience required in a supervisory capacity.

Desirable Related Experience

Ph.D.; prior experience working in higher Education; active certified research Administrator (CPA) certification; experience with Cayuse or other eRA.

Documents Needed to Apply

Cover Letter & CV/Resume Required

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Vacation and Sick Leave  
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

For individuals requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: December 22, 2022; for optimal consideration, please apply before October 19, 2022.

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