Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 12, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Located on more than 27,000 acres in northwest Georgia in a setting of great natural beauty, Berry College has an enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is located in Rome, Georgia, 75 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a comprehensive liberal-arts college with a distinctive mission and purpose, Berry unites a challenging academic program with practical work experience in a context that nurtures spiritual and moral growth, including significant service to others.

We seek faculty who are committed to excellence as teachers-scholars-mentors and staff who are also committed to serving as mentors and supervisors for students who work on campus. Although not required, more than 90 percent of our students participate in our premier student work program. Employee benefits are competitive.


Berry College seeks an experienced administrator to serve as Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).  The director will lead efforts to build a robust pre- and post-award support structure for faculty and staff, joining an energetic collaborative team to foster a culture of proposal writing and broaden participation in undergraduate research on campus. The director is the chief administrative and compliance officer for faculty research and external resources. 

The director cultivates relationships with faculty, administrators, and other key campus stakeholders to stay informed of current programmatic activities, scholarly and / creative interests, and upcoming initiatives.  The director provides formal and informal training and working sessions for faculty. The director collaborates directly with outside consultants hired by the college to secure or administer grants and helps principal investigators (PIs) connect their programs and interests to the College's mission and strategic priorities. 

The director also collaborates with the directors of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development to administer a variety of internal grants available to students and faculty.


Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred);
5+ years successful experience with sponsored research administration and grant proposal development and management, and demonstrated success in research administration or equivalent experience; supervisory skills;
An appreciation for the place of grants in a private, liberal arts-based, teaching-oriented university;
A proven track record of managing multiple projects in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; experience negotiating contracts and creating and managing databases.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in higher education, especially at a predominantly undergraduate institution or residential liberal arts college.
Evidence of successful grant writing and development to federal agencies (e.g. NSF, NEA, DOE, etc.) in support of faculty research and/or institutional initiatives.
Advanced training or certification in research development or sponsored-research administration (e.g., RACC Certified Research Administrator Certification or other nationally recognized professional certification.)


Berry is a selective independent college of 2,100 located adjacent to Rome, GA, midway between Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN.  Berry's educational approach deliberately unites challenging academic programs with practical work experience in a residential campus community that encourages faith and emphasizes caring for the needs of others above self.  This commitment to an "education of the head, heart and hands" remains as relevant today as when our founder instilled this ethic more than a century ago.

Nationally recognized for quality of learning and quality of life, Berry offers first-rate undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and human sciences, as well as undergraduate and master's level opportunities in business and teacher education.  The College's stunning 27,000-acre campus affords opportunities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.  Berry's ongoing commitment is to provide exceptional educational experiences to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.

Berry is a Chronicle of Higher Education 2018 "Great College to Work For." The college offers competitive benefits and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  An Equal Opportunity Institution, Berry complies with all applicable laws and provisions prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies. Berry respects the essential dignity of all individuals and accordingly hires and promotes employees without regard to matters of personal identity such as ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation.   All potential employees at Berry College are required to submit to a full national background check prior to hiring.


Applicants should provide a letter expressing their qualifications and interest in the position and a resume, a statement of experience with and/or commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and contact information for three letters of recommendation. Materials should be submitted at Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.