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Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research - Worcester State University

Company: Worcester State University
Location: Worcester
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

Category: Administrators

Department: University Advancement

Locations: Worcester, MA

Posted: Aug 25, 2020

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: Full-time

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About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at worcester.edu/about .

Job Description:

OFFICIAL TITLE: Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Vice President for University Advancement

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Subordinate staff within the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

General Statement of Duties: The Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the development and administration of externally funded grants and contracts and related research functions for faculty and staff. Under the direction of the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director will play an active and engaged role in the cultivation of grant funds to support current and future University initiatives, aligning the office's work with the University's strategic plan and mission.

The Director will be responsible for all facets of the preparation, production and management of grant proposals to foundations, government agencies and corporations including prospect research, cultivation, proposal development, stewardship, contract administration, budget management, time and effort reporting, event planning, database management and institutional compliance. They will coordinate with faculty and administrators in the preparation and management of grant projects that are institutional, departmental, multidisciplinary and individual-based research.

Responsibilities:

(E) Plans, develops, implements, operates, and evaluates the sponsored research program under the direction of the Vice President for Advancement and in collaboration with Academic Affairs and other key stakeholders. As necessary, works with outside consultants hired by the university to secure or administer grants.

(E) Cultivates relationships with faculty, to mentor and assist them with building externally funded research programs or cohorts on campus, including mentoring faculty on how to develop productive relationships with government funders. Provides similar relationship building support with appropriate staff that also seek government grants and contracts.

(E) Develops strategies to leverage WSU strengths to secure increased external funding; identifies funding opportunities that align with WSU strengths.

(E) Maintains active connections with the University's research committees and infrastructure such as RAB, RIO, IACUC, IRB, etc.

(E) In conjunction with other University offices, develops and implements policies to grow successful grant applications for externally funded research, scholarship, and programs.

(E) Oversees, develops and manages an overarching strategy to maximize grant revenue and set fundraising goals for corporate and foundation philanthropy giving, currently generating over $1,000,000 annually.

(E) Promotes faculty research, scholarship, creative activity, and other institutional initiatives.

(E) Cultivates relationships with faculty and staff to stay informed of current programmatic activities, scholarly research interests, and upcoming initiatives.

(E) Helps principal investigators (PIs) connect their programs and interests to the university's mission and strategic priorities. Organizes formal and informal trainings and working sessions for faculty. Will prioritize activities and organize a project development timeline.

(E) Develops and maintains professional relationships within the community for the purpose of cultivating grant funds; executes strategies to secure new funding sources for the university; effectively represents WSU.

(E) Identifies, monitors, and matches relevant funding opportunities to university priorities, faculty and staff interests, and development initiatives; disseminates information accordingly.

(E) Serves as the central source of information about grant and sponsored research opportunities, including remaining current with funder policies and priorities, and as appropriate, disseminate changes in federal, state, and University policies.

(E) Provides leadership to, and oversight of, development personnel within the office, ensuring consistent performance, adherence to policy and procedure for pre- and post-award grant administration, and a strong system of support to the university for grant-related work.

(E) Responsible for the development and oversight of the office's website, including a dedicated WSU research site.

(E) Tracks grant-related activity including but not limited to: opportunities, submissions, and outcomes for purposes of data analysis and record maintenance.

(E) Maintains working knowledge of, and ensures compliance with, all federal, state, university, and foundation policies, procedures and guidelines in the management of grant-funded projects.

(E) Serves on relevant university committees and working groups as assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement.

(E) Demonstrates civility and professional, customer-service oriented behavior, worthy of emulation by other staff and students.

(E) Works closely with administrative offices, such as Academic Affairs, Administration & Finance, Human Resources, Risk Management, Development/Alumni, and the President's Office as needed to ensure the effective and transparent administration of pre- and post-award activities.

(E) Responsible for contributing to the WSU Strategic Plan.

(E) Responsible for contributing to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action objectives.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

7-9 years of successful experience in grant administration and management including 5+ years of supervisory experience

Ability to simultaneously, and successfully, manage multiple projects and initiatives

Working knowledge of grant administration, pre-award and post-award, including federal and state regulations

Ability to supervise, coach, and develop development personnel

Excellent communication skills, in both oral and written format

Solid understanding of the role of grants in higher education

Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of constituents, both internal and external; ability to develop and maintain professional relationships

Basic analytical and research skills utilized in determining appropriate grant opportunities

Superb organizational skills

Proficiency in computer programs relevant to the work, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite, and programs related to grant development and submission, internet-based and otherwise

Ability to work occasional nights and weekends for the purpose of meeting deadlines and cultivating grant opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced degree

Evidence of successful grant writing and development to federal agencies (e.g. NSF, NEA, ED, etc.) in support of faculty research and/or institutional initiatives.

Evidence of successful grant writing and development with private or corporate foundations in support of higher education or relevant field.

Advanced training and/or certification in research development or sponsored-research administration

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefited, APA position. The firm salary range for this position is $85,000 - $95,000 based on experience. Worcester State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply online at worcester.interviewexchange.com

Expected documents for submission include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Applicants must complete the National Student Clearinghouse Authorization form or submit the official transcript of highest degree.

All information that can be uploaded to one's e-account should be done so by the applicant; information which cannot may be faxed to 508-929-8163 or mailed to:

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