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Company:
The University of Georgia
Division:
Office of Research
City:
Athens
State:
Georgia
Country:
USA
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Posted: 01/4/2019
Executive Director of Sponsored Projects Administration

The University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Sponsored Projects Administration.

UGA is ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University is a land-grant and sea-grant institution with the main campus located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, and extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton.

UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the birthplace of public higher education in America. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 37,000 students, including over 28,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Additional information about the University of Georgia is available at http://www.uga.edu/.

The University of Georgia, with its rapidly expanding grants portfolio, seeks an experienced and visionary Executive Director of Sponsored Projects Administration to lead and advance its recently integrated, pre/post-award sponsored programs office.  Reporting to the Vice President for Research, the Executive Director will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in UGA’s Finance and Administration division, as well as administrators and faculty across the university to support an expanding and diverse portfolio of grants and contracts (examples of funding agencies include NSF, NIH, USDA, DOE, etc.). S/he will ensure the delivery of efficient, proactive, customer-friendly service, based on the latest best practices, that is aimed at furthering research initiatives across the enterprise while also ensuring all compliance standards are fully maintained.  The Executive Director will serve as a key expert for sponsored programs and research administration for UGA and the UGA Research Foundation, Inc., and will be a contributing member of the Vice President for Research senior leadership team.  S/he will be expected to promote a working environment that rewards new ideas and innovation, nurtures teamwork and collaboration, and promotes diversity.  The Executive Director must effectively and efficiently manage budgets, identify and analyze appropriate performance metrics, evaluate personnel and positions, problem solve, and interface effectively with internal and external stakeholders.  S/he should be an effective representative for UGA in local, regional and national settings. The department's website can be found here via https://spa.uga.edu/.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Direct the Pre Award and Post Award teams in Sponsored Projects Administration. Manage day-to-day activities of the office and ensure efficiency, accuracy, and strong customer service from SPA staff. Define and use metrics to analyze success and failures and increase productivity.
  • Help design and implement programs for the scalable growth of research administration. For example, continued expansion of the role of unit-based signature authorities across campus and quarterly outreach at Research Administration Discussion Group meetings for research administrators.
  • Serve as the expert and campus authority on research administration regardless of sponsor type – federal, state, non-profit, industry, etc. Being the expert means assisting faculty and staff in the preparation and submission of proposals, management of grants after they are awarded, and the successful closeout of projects, throughout administering and interpreting applicable federal and/or state laws and regulations regarded grants awarded. Actively collaborating with other units on campus to interpret regulations when necessary.
  • Plan and implement educational programs and training for faculty and staff across the full life cycle of a sponsored project including administrative and financial aspects.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Research including special projects and outreach activities.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree.

Preferred qualifications: 10 years of research administration experience at a Research 1 institution of higher education (or major research institution), with progressively higher levels of responsibility throughout, and supervisory and managerial experience.  Thorough knowledge of federal granting and accounting policies and rules. An advanced degree (such as JD, PhD or MBA) and experience as a director of sponsored projects pre or post award office is preferred.  Knowledge of research administration software (UGA currently uses Huron Click and Content 7). Experience in guiding the implementation and maintenance of these systems both in isolation and as they interact with institution wide financial and reporting systems like People Soft and others.

Applications: Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by Wednesday, January 30, 2019; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.  The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current resume; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).

All applicants must apply online at https://www.ugajobsearch.com. Please see the job posting at: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/58593

To request a descriptive Opportunity Profile for this position, provide a nomination, or seek additional information, please contact Damla Williams, Primary Consultant with the UGA Search Group, 706-542-7344 or damlaw@uga.edu. Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. As such, the University of Georgia is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (HRWeb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.