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South Dakota State University
Division of Research and Economic Development
South Dakota
Posted: 03/24/2021
Director of Sponsorship Development

South Dakota State University Division of Research and Economic Development seeks a visionary Director of Sponsorship Development to lead administration and development of sponsorships. The Director assures success in the university’s sponsored activities and assists the Vice-President for Research and Economic Development in leading and growing research, scholarship, and creative activity. We are looking for a professional leader who is committed to excellence, creativity, diversity, integrity, and is people centered. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position reports to the Vice-President for Research and Economic Development as part of a dynamic team of leaders.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


· Leading, facilitating, and continuously improving activities that support growing sponsorships including the following:

o Efficient routing, approvals, and submissions of grant and contract proposals and associated record keeping;

o Responsiveness to sponsoring agencies as the Authorized Organizational Representative;

o Success in limited submission competitions by ensuring timely and strategic recruitment and selections for the institution’s submissions;

o University level development of grant and contract competitiveness;

o Negotiation, review, and execution of sponsorship agreements and related agreements, modifications, amendments, and extensions;

o Documentation, interpretation, and reporting of performance in external sponsorships; and

o Representation of the university as an excellent, responsive, and preferred sponsorship partner; and

· Collaborate and coordinate with vision the following:

o University-level pre-award preparation and support;

o Assuring application of and compliance with policies and regulations as applicable;

o Assuring performance of sponsorship and related agreements and advising project directors/principal investigators on reporting and management;

o Diverse functions with other offices for post-award grants administration, technology transfer, human resources, and other units as applicable; and

o Internal competitions and selections.


  • Master’s Degree in an academic field completed by date of application;
  • Commitment to excellence, creativity, diversity, integrity, and being people centered;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and adaptability skills;
  • Demonstrated capacities in high functioning teams as member or leader;
  • Five years of experience relevant to the position’s responsibilities;
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire; and
  • Willingness to travel.


  • Greater than five years of relevant experience (Certified Research Administrator designation will count toward years of experience).
  • Research administration certification or demonstrated experience in research administration;
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing or leading new initiatives or performance growth; and
  • Demonstrated success in developing competitive funding proposals;


Commensurate with experience, education, etc.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The Division of Research and Economic Development supports the university’s mission of research, scholarship, and creative activity and its partnerships with the private sector.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by April 26, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Rajesh Kavasser at 605-688-4371 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.