A.T. Still University (ATSU) is seeking a Director of Sponsored
Programs on the Kirksville, Missouri, campus. The position reports
to the Senior Director of Sponsored Programs. The position's
primary duties require advanced knowledge, creative talent, and a
career track record in the specialized field of pre-award
grantsmanship and grants/research administration, including
original programmatic conceptualization, nationally competitive
writing/editing, and advanced grant budget expertise. The purpose
of this dynamic, pre-award leadership position is to build and
increase University grant revenue, quality, and capacity on ATSU's
MO (Kirksville and St. Louis) campuses, emerging CA campus, and
beyond, by providing SP guidance and grants development expertise
to KCOM, CGHS, MOSDOH, ATSRI, Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, and
other MO campus and University-wide departments/divisions.
Specifically, the primary function is to lead and supervise the MO
campus pre-award team (consisting of proposal development
specialists) to achieve greater benchmarks in SP grant awards,
funding levels, quality/reviewer scores, and project-related
outcomes; helping to advance ATSU's mission, vision, and strategic
directions via extramural funding. The position’s major
responsibility is to lead all pre-award efforts on the MO Campus,
while providing backup to other SP service audiences in AZ and
beyond. The director must support and uphold all SP standing
operating procedures and processes, including preliminary budget
review and quality assurance (QA) review, and work with colleagues
to represent SP as a coordinated, cohesive, and proactive unit
serving ATSU's best interests.
MAJOR JOB DUTIES
- Lead and supervise the MO campus pre-award grants team
(consisting of proposal development specialists) to achieve greater
benchmarks in SP grant awards, funding levels, and project-related
- Develop strong SP alliances with the deans and
faculty/researchers of KCOM, CGHS, MOSDOH, the A.T. Still Research
Institute, Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, and other
- Develop strong SP alliances and synergy, focused on pre-award
development, with the ATSU CFO and Finance Office, as well as with
all relevant/involved University officials.
- Establish strong relationships with promising SP grant sponsors
(at the federal, state, and foundation levels, etc.) to develop
effective SP alliances with external grant sponsors/officials.
- Lead and participate in the SP strategic planning, personnel
planning/evaluation, and workload allocation processes—forming a
quality circle of excellence with all fellow SP directors.
- Lead/participate in SP/University policy development, review,
interpretation, monitoring, and compliance.
Pre-award Proposal Development/Leadership
- Research, analyze, and recommend to ATSU officials/leaders
viable and promising grant funding sources that both match and
advance ATSU’s mission, vision, strategic plan, and related
academic/service priority areas. Must command and utilize a
University-wide perspective, and nurture internal and external
- Analyze and incorporate current literature, industry best
practices, and evidence-based practices into the design of
competitive SP grant proposals. Also, collect, analyze, and/or
design relevant data sets, survey instruments, etc.
- Build/increase SP grant revenue, quality, and capacity on the
MO campus and beyond, by providing SP leadership and grants
expertise to KCOM, CGGS, MOSDOH, the A.T. Still Research Institute,
Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, and other MO Campus and
- Lead the MO campus pre-award development team and process,
mentoring MO Campus staff and principal investigators/project
directors (i.e., faculty) to increase the production of
award-winning and nationally competitive extramural SP grant
- Design and help negotiate, at the pre-award level, MOUs, MOAs,
subaward/contractual agreements, etc. specific to advancing SP
competitive grant proposals.
- Lead SP proposal and document development efforts, serving as
first author/editor of MO Campus extramural proposals, resulting in
high quality, competitive, and funded proposals that surpass the
- Collaborate and synergize with the SP post-award team and PIs,
and advise on and help problem-solve issues on high profile
post-award projects, ATSU remains competitive to re-apply for
future follow-up grant funding.
- Oversee select post-award budgets, reporting, compliance, and
- Problem-solve and respond to SP routine pre-award and related
special requests from internal and external audiences.
- Convene and attend SP meetings, and serve on University and
related community-based committees.
- Represent ATSU and its SP department at relevant regional,
state, and national meetings.
- Prepare and deliver SP educational seminars, internally and
- Complete mandated Protection of Human Subjects and Financial
Conflict of Interest training, sign SP
confidentiality/non-disclosure forms, and complete all required
ATSU employee training programs.
- Join and represent ATSU in professional SP-related
societies/associations (e.g., NCURA, SRA, NGMA, FDP, etc.).
- Perform other SP leadership and problem-solving duties.
Must have a demonstrated and proven track-record of successfully
securing and managing federal, state, and private grant awards
(e.g., from HRSA, NIH, AHRQ, SAMHSA, states, foundations,
NOTE: BS/BA degree or above is desired, or a relevant combination
of industry education/specialty certification (see below) and prior
professional experience. Must have 5+ years of experience in pre-
and post-award grantsmanship, and specialty knowledge/track record
in research proposal development.
Specialty designation of Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator
(CPRA®), Certified Research Administrator (CRA®), or Certified
Financial Research Administrator (CFRA) is desired, but will
allow/promote on-the-job certification, if warranted. [See Research
Administrators Certification Council (RACC) at:
desired certification is the Certified Grant Writer® Professional
Credential (or equivalent), which is another industry standard
certification for professionals in the field of grantsmanship. This
certification demonstrates proficiency in researching grant
opportunities, conceptual program development, competitive proposal
writing, preparing detailed budgets for grants, and professional
SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND CHARACTERISTICS/TRAITS
- Advanced problem-solving/critical thinking skills.
- Must be a conceptual, creative, innovative, and critical
thinker who enables the University and its PIs/PDs to gain greater
success in grantsmanship (seeking, winning, and successfully
managing innovative grant awards from regional, state, and national
- Outstanding/highly competitive writing, research, analytical,
and document development skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal communication and staff/project
management and leadership skills.
- Exceptional project development, deadline management, and
related organizational skills.
- Exceptional grantsmanship/grant-writing skills (with a proven
track-record in designing award-winning background statements,
survey/data sections, best-practice literature/need statements,
project goals/measurable objectives, detailed and in-depth
methodologies, comprehensive evaluation/assessment strategies,
- Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel,
Access, PowerPoint), Zoom, and other relevant software to SP.
- Advanced proficiency in Google and other digital platforms
(email, calendar, groups, etc.).
- Be able to lead and work well in a team environment as well as
- Have exemplary ethics, integrity, and work ethic.
- Maintain and project a professional, upbeat demeanor.
- Be detail oriented, yet also see the big picture.
- Work with multiple schools, degrees/programs, and types of
funding sources as well as all relevant content/programmatic
- Be able to give and receive constructive criticism from many
- Be a positive role model, team player, leader, coach, and
- Show patience with faculty and individuals, yet be assertive in
seeking out and winning viable grant funding.
- Be goal and outcomes oriented.