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University of Dayton
Ohio, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Aug 13, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts
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Full Time
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The University of Dayton Research Institute seeks an accomplished, strategic, and collaborative leader for the position of Director of Contracts and Grants Office.

The University of Dayton is a doctoral-intensive, national research university and a top-tier Catholic university.  UD is home to the University of Dayton Research Institute, a national leader in scientific and engineering research and development. UDRI research comprises 90% of the University’s research. UDRI supports government, commercial and nonprofit customers in their missions to develop groundbreaking technologies for a better future.

 The Director of Contracts and Grants is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the Contracts and Grants Office while delivering on strategic initiatives within a culture that is consistent with the values of the University. Reporting to the Vice President for Research, the Director leads a team of approximately 15 who are responsible for pre-award activities, including the development and timely submission of technical and cost proposals that are compliant with customer requirements; negotiation and award of contracts and grants; administration of contracts and grants from account set up through closeout; and negotiation, award, and administration of subcontracts. 

 The successful candidate will have a Juris Doctorate degree and 10 years of relevant experience including significant federal government contracting research administration experience. Required experience includes: comprehensive knowledge and understanding of contracting principles and all contract types including Firm Fixed Price, Time and Material, Cost Plus Fixed Fee, and Cost Reimbursable; strong knowledge of current Federal Acquisition Regulations and other laws and regulations applicable to contracts and extensive knowledge of the federal acquisition process, government contracting principles, the bid and proposal process (including budget development), and governing regulations (including FAR/DFAR); strong analytical skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing are a must.  For a full description of the role, please see here (


Due to the nature of this position, U.S. Citizenship, and the ability to obtain and maintain a secret clearance are required.   

The University of Dayton has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Sudeshna Chatterjee, Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications and nominations should be sent by email to Katie (


Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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