Sponsored Programs & Research Support Specialist

Colorado, United States
$50,000.00 - $54,000.00
May 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The position provides administrative expertise and support over the lifecycle of sponsored programs and research awards.  During the pre-award cycle, this position supports faculty and staff in grant proposal development and submission of competitive grant applications. During the post-award cycle, the position manages grant award set up, post-award grant management, oversees grant close out and assists with compliance and oversight.  Additionally, this position provides faculty and staff with expertise on guidance and regulations related to externally funded programs and research.   

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree  
  • Demonstrated professional experience (accounting experience and/or grant funded project management experience preferred)  
  • Grant/contract/project coordination experience with responsibility for obtaining and monitoring the use of grant funds and/or administering public or private service contracts  
  • Proficient computer skills, especially in the use of Microsoft Excel & Word, Adobe Acrobat & Sign.  
  • Strong communication, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills  
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team  
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment  
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working in higher education  
  • Prior experience in sponsored program and research administration as well as planning and development for externally funded programs.   
  • Experience with grant writing and/or preparing proposal applications for submission.   
  • Familiarity with Federal funding agencies and regulations  
  • Familiarity with State of Colorado funding agencies and regulations  
  • Knowledge of or experience with grant management systems and accounting information systems such as Cayuse and Ellucian/Banner.    
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Consults with faculty and staff in search of grant resources  
  • Provides consulting and advice regarding grant proposal/contract development and submission for faculty and staff  
  • Assists with grant writing, editing, preparation and review of grant proposals, including budget guidance  
  • Ensures accurate grant accounting set up and post-award management by working with grant personnel and accounting office  
  • Assists with sponsor specific reporting requirements and general federal agency reporting requirements  
  • Provides coordination of institutional research compliance programs and promotes a culture of compliance  
  • Maintains and pursues professional development to enhance knowledge of sponsored programs and research regulations, and best practices  
  • Interprets and explains regulations and guidance given situations and audiences  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Fosters and maintains relationships with local sponsors and partner institutions  
  • Provides support in the development and delivery of grant related resources to faculty and staff  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary is $50,000 to $54,000,   plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 



Application materials received by June 6, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 





The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See www.fortlewis.edu/CARE.  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241 wieser_m@fortlewis.edu  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182 djpirrone@fortlewis.edu  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 


  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  


ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email kpolens@fortlewis.edu at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.