Director, Sponsored Research Administration

The Jackson Laboratory
Maine, United States
Competitive Salary
Sep 23, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Jackson Laboratory, a world leader in mammalian genetics and human genomics research, invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Sponsored Research Administration (SRA).  The Director is responsible for leading the team in support of JAX’s research activities with a commitment to service and technical excellence that also sustains institutional compliance. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, with a strong accountability to the Senior Vice President for Research, the Director, Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) leads the three divisions that comprise the SRA office - Pre-award, Post-award, and Accounting—in support of approximately $110M in research expenditures.

The Director leads a team of approximately 30 at the Bar Harbor and Farmington sites and provides information and counsel to the faculty and research staff on research program management and planning. The Director also advises JAX senior leadership on strategic, administrative, financial, and resource allocation issues related to sponsored research. In addition, the Director oversees the professional development of department staff members. Day-to-day functions include oversight of submission of grant proposals, including the coordination of all scientific and administrative reviews; administrative management of institutional grants; administration of all pre-award and post-award activities including budget oversight of grants; oversight of all sponsored technical reporting, accounting and relevant compliance requirements (in conjunction with the Corporate Controller’s office); and coordination of financial analytic support to faculty and senior management.

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is making a new future of human health and personalized medicine possible —using an individual’s unique genomic makeup to predict, treat and even prevent disease. Founded in 1929, JAX is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit biomedical research institution that seeks to decipher the biological and genomic causes of human disease. Their research breakthroughs have helped form the foundation of modern medicine. Organ and bone marrow transplants, stem cell therapies, and in vitro fertilization all have a foundation in JAX research.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor’s degree in business, finance or related field; Master’s degree or Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation is preferred. Seven or more years of professional experience in sponsored research in a university/research setting is required. Along with with pre- and post-award financial management experience including proposal development and post-award management and familiarity with all types of award mechanisms, including grants, contracts, subcontracts and cooperative agreements, candidates will possess a broad working knowledge of Federal funding agencies; deep knowledge of NIH is particularly valuable. Candidates must have working knowledge of Uniform Guidance, the Code of Federal Regulations relative to grants, Federal Acquisition Regulations and audit requirements and a familiarity with the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Knowledge of DOD funding is welcome.

The Jackson Laboratory has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications and nominations should be sent by email to Katie ( ).



The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

Apply for Director, Sponsored Research Administration

Already uploaded your resume? Sign in to apply instantly


Upload from your computer

Or import from cloud storage

Your Resume must be a .doc, .pdf, .docx, .rtf, and no bigger than 1Mb

4000 characters left

When you apply for a job we will send your application to the named recruiter, who may contact you. By applying for a job listed on The Chronicle of Higher Education Jobs you agree to our terms and conditions and privacy policy. You should never be required to provide bank account details. If you are, please email us.