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Director of Sponsored Programs

Fordham University
New York City, New York
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Jan 9, 2023

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Director of Sponsored Programs

OSP Office of Sponsored Programs, Rose Hill

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


  • Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents  A generous immediate employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan. As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers. As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.   University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.


Position Summary

The Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the University’s primary liaison for activities associated with external funding to support research and scholarship by faculty and academic staff members. This position directly reports to the Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Essential Functions        

  • Leads the development of policies and plans for the activities and management of grants, contracts, and related research requirements. Develops new standardized processes, modifies existing policies and procedures for OSP, maintains and updates the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Manual and the External Awards Manual, bringing to the attention of the University Research Council (URC) any research policies in need of review and revision.
  • Serves as the primary authorized organizational representative (AOR) and primary authorized signatory of the University for sponsored programs.
  • Serves as the university liaison for funding agencies, including award negotiations, pre- and post-award requests, post-award reporting requirements, and other sponsored program compliance.
  • Supervises all OSP staff. Manages and oversees the day-to-day activities in the pre- and post-award areas of OSP.
  • Ensures appropriate support and determines the portfolios of the OSP grant administrators to assure full coverage for all University departments and schools.
  • Maintains a grant portfolio, working directly with Principal Investigators.
  • Reviews, negotiates, and executes contracts, sub-contracts, and research-related agreements such as data use agreements and material transfer agreements, with the assistance of the Office of Legal Counsel when necessary.
  • Coordinates with the Office of Research, Controller’s Office, Legal Counsel, Human Resources, Provost’s Office, and the University Research Council to ensure the overall effective implementation of sponsored research services, systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintains the OSP website (
  • Coordinates training programs for Principal Investigators on topics such as budget development and proposal preparation.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of university and federal, state, and agency guidelines for sponsored research administration. Coordinates with the Director of Research Compliance on changes in guidelines that affect research administration to determine and develop University response.
  • Develops and provides standard and ad hoc reports on sponsored research for Chief Research Officer, Provost, and other University officials as needed.


Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in any related field
  • Six to ten years of experience in pre- and post-award research administration, including supervisory experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google apps.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and organization skills, attention to detail, and accuracy.
  • Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree.
  • More than ten years of experience in pre- and post-award research administration, including supervisory experience
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA).


Minimum Starting Salary: $120,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $145,000


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.









Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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