Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research
Department: University Advancement
Locations: Worcester, MA
Posted: Aug 25, 2020
Closes: Open Until Filled
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
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 .
OFFICIAL TITLE: Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Vice President for University
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
(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
(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,
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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
Excellent communication skills, in both oral and written
Solid understanding of the role of grants in higher
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.
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
Advanced training and/or certification in research development
or sponsored-research administration
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.
All applicants must apply online at
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:
Executive Director, Chief Human Resources Officer