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Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

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About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at worcester.edu/about .


Job Description:

OFFICIAL TITLE: Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Vice President for University Advancement
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Subordinate staff within the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

General Statement of Duties: The Director for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the development and administration of externally funded grants and related research functions for faculty and staff. Under the direction of the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director will play an active and engaged role in the cultivation of grant funds to support current and future University initiatives, aligning the office's work with the University's strategic plan and mission.

The Director will be responsible for all facets of the preparation, production and management of grant proposals to foundations, government agencies and corporations including prospect research, cultivation, proposal development, stewardship, institutional compliance, database management and event planning. They will coordinate with faculty and administrators in the preparation and management of grant projects for institutional, departmental, multidisciplinary and individual-based research.

Responsibilities:

(E) = Essential

  1. (E) Develops strategies to leverage WSU strengths to secure increased external funding; identifies funding opportunities that align with WSU priorities.
  2. (E) Oversees, develops and manages a strategy to maximize public and private sector grant revenue.
  3. (E) Provides leadership to, and oversight of, personnel within the office, ensuring consistent performance, adherence to policy and procedure for pre- and post-award grant administration, and a strong system of support to the university for grant-related work.
  4. (E) Maintains working knowledge of, and ensures compliance with, all federal, state, university, and foundation policies, procedures and guidelines in the implementation of grant-funded projects.
  5. (E) Serves as the central source of information about grant and sponsored research opportunities, including remaining current with funder policies and priorities, and as appropriate, disseminate changes in federal, state, and University policies.
  6. (E) In conjunction with other University offices, develops and implements policies to grow successful grant applications for externally funded research, scholarship, and programs.
  7. (E) Cultivates relationships with faculty and staff to stay informed of current programmatic activities, scholarly research interests, and upcoming initiatives.
  8. (E) Identifies, monitors, and matches relevant funding opportunities to university priorities, faculty and staff interests, and development initiatives; disseminates information accordingly. Supports faculty research, scholarship, creative activity, and other institutional initiatives through the securing of appropriate funding.
  9. (E) Works closely with administrative offices, such as Academic Affairs, Administration & Finance, Human Resources, Risk Management, Development/Alumni, and the President's Office as needed to ensure the effective and transparent administration of pre- and post-award activities.
  10. (E) Develops and maintains professional relationships within the community for the purpose of cultivating grant funds; executes strategies to secure new funding sources for the university; effectively represents WSU.
  11. (E) Helps principal investigators (PIs) connect their programs and interests to the university's mission and strategic priorities. Organizes formal and informal trainings and working sessions for faculty.
  12. (E) Cultivates relationships with faculty, to mentor and assist them with building externally funded research programs or cohorts on campus, including mentoring faculty on how to develop productive relationships with government funders. Provides similar relationship building support with appropriate staff that also seek government grants.
  13. (E) Plans, develops, implements, operates, and evaluates the sponsored research program under the direction of the Vice President for Advancement and in collaboration with Academic Affairs and other key stakeholders. As necessary, works with outside consultants hired by the university to secure or administer grants.
  14. (E) Serves on relevant university committees and working groups as assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement.
  15. (E) Maintains active connections with the University's research committees and infrastructure such as RAB, RIO, IACUC, IRB, etc.
  16. (E) Responsible for oversight of the tracking of grant-related activity including but not limited to: opportunities, submissions, and outcomes for purposes of data analysis and record maintenance.
  17. (E) Responsible for the development and oversight of the office's website.
  18. (E) Demonstrates civility and professional, customer-service oriented behavior, worthy of emulation by other staff and students.
  19. (E) Responsible for contributing to strategies outlined in the WSU Strategic Plan.
  20. (E) Responsible for contributing to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action objectives.
  21. (E) Performs other duties as assigned.



Requirements:

Required Qualifications:
  • Masters' degree in Education, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field.
  • Seven to nine years of successful experience in the administration of multiple concurrent grants including federal, state and private funds.
  • Five plus years of supervisory experience in the area of grants management including budget development and fund-use oversight.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and initiatives.
  • Current knowledge of grant administration, pre-award and post-award, including federal, state and private funding requirements.
  • Ability to supervise, develop and coach office staff.
  • Solid understanding of the role of grants in higher education.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of constituents, both internal and external; ability to develop and maintain professional relationships.
  • Analytical and research skills utilized in determining appropriate grant opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills, in both oral and written format.
  • Superb organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in computer programs relevant to the work, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite, and programs related to grant development and submission, internet-based and otherwise.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends for the purpose of meeting deadlines and cultivating grant opportunities.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced study beyond the Masters level in Education, Administration or related field.
  • Ten or more years of successful experience in the administration of multiple concurrent grants including federal, state and private funds.
  • Evidence of success in securing grants from federal agencies (e.g., NSF, NEA, ED, etc.) in support of institutional initiatives and/or faculty research.
  • Evidence of success in securing grants from private or corporate foundations in support of higher education or relevant field.
  • Advanced training and/or certification in research development or sponsored-research administration.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, professional APA position. The firm annual salary range for this position is $105,000- $110,000, commensurate with relevant professional experience and education.

Here at Worcester State University, it is strongly recommended that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment.

Worcester State University offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
  • a choice of 8 different pre-taxed, health insurance plan options
  • a choice of pension or 401(a), and supplemental plan retirement options
  • life insurance up to 8x the annual salary
  • long-term disability coverage
  • dental insurance
  • 20 vacation days accrued per year
  • 15 sick days accrued per year
  • 5 personal days per year
  • paid holidays
  • tuition remission for self, spouse, and dependent children
  • and more...
We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online and may do so by visiting www.worcester.edu/careers, and submitting a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of three professional references.

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URL: www.worcester.edu

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 Worcester State University

Founded in 1874 as a teacher-training school, Worcester State University has grown to become a traditional liberal arts and sciences university with programs spanning the biomedical sciences, business, humanities, behavioral sciences, the health professions, and, of course, education.

The Worcester State University campus is centrally located in Massachusetts about an hour’s drive from Boston and Springfield, Mass. and Providence, R.I. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester—the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities.

The Worcester State University campus is centrally located in Massachusetts about an hour’s drive from Boston and Springfield, Mass. and Providence, R.I. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester—the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities.

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