Director of Research and Sponsored Programs



A successful candidate will play an active role in FMU's existing academic success. As the institutional grants officer, the Director serves as the authorized official for submission of all faculty-driven federal, state, and private grants, pre-award and (non-financial) post-award administrator for external grants, federal compliance officer, and institutional liaison with funding agencies. The Director will be responsible for managing the administration of federal and state appropriations, and serve as the Coordinator for Title III funding. The Director will be charged with building the infrastructure for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, increasing extramural funding levels and the output of funding proposals, and developing and implementing policies and procedures that will facilitate the same.

Essential Functions:

T he D irector is responsible for management of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, including the facilitation of internal and external research funding, coordination of state and federal appropriations, research development, and research and grants compliance. Responsibilities include:

  • Serv ing as the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) to submit proposals and to accept and approve grants, subawards, agreements, amendments on behalf of the University.
  • Coordinating and monitoring the effective implementation of federal (Title III) and state appropriation program activities to facilitate optimal utilization of program resources in alignment with the University mission and strategic plan.
  • Establishing a robust research development agend a Guid ing and assist ing faculty and administration to identify appropriate extramural funding sources
  • Assisting in the review and submission of external grant proposals including the development of budgets, and approv ing final budgets, assuring they meet institutional and agency requirements .
  • Develop ing and maintain ing a grants management information system used in preparing administrative reports and grant archival .
  • Collaborat ing and/or coordinat ing institutional grant efforts with the Provost and other senior leadership wh en appropriate .
  • Serv ing as a post-award liaison between the grant recipient and funding agency .
  • Maintain ing familiarity with and knowledge of program solicitations, federal regulations, and compliance requirements related to grant, and apprises relevant parties of new or revised requirements .
  • Assur ing the institution is registered and in compliance to receive federal funding .
  • In coordination with the Office of the Provost, developing and implement ing a robust research development strate gy, including consulting one-on-one with faculty for familiarity of their scholarly interests and external funding needs and providing training workshops on proposal development to faculty and staff .
  • Foste ring a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to increase research activity and extramural funding .
  • Prioriti zing expenditures and effectively managing resources in a manner that demonstrates accountability and support for the University mission and Strategic Plan .
  • Providing accurate, timely responses to requested information and ongoing implementation of strategies to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
  • The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that logically relates to the position.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to handle information of sensitive and confidential nature in the utmost professional manner.
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills . Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills . Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituents .
  • Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important as well as dependability.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling objects of average-weight up to fifty (50) pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Note: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), those functions of the job which are identified essential are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Requests to facilitate the performance of essential functions will be given careful consideration.


Qualifications :

  • The position requires a master's degree with five (5) plus years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. A PhD degree and higher education experience is preferred.
  • Experience in grants and research administration and/or certification in research administration at a university, private research institution, government agency, or similar institution.
  • Facility with budgeting and basic financial records.
  • Extensive hours and weekends will be required at times.
  • Pre-Employment screening is required: criminal background-check and drug testing.


Qualified applicants are asked to upload a cover letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and/or certifications, if applicable.

Supplemental Information

In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Florida Memorial University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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