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Associate Vice President Research and Sponsored Programs

California State University, Northridge
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 5, 2024

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Associate Vice President Research and Sponsored Programs

CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning, and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community, and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

The University

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 36,000 students annually and counts more than 400,000 alumni who fuel the region's economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and nearly 12,000 jobs each year. CSUN is a designated Minority-Serving and Hispanic Serving Institution, ranking amongst the top twenty in the nation in graduating Latinx students. More than 70 percent of CSUN students are first-generation college students, and 60 percent come from historically underrepresented groups. Money magazine consistently ranks CSUN among the nation's “most transformative” colleges for putting diverse students on the path to higher career earnings.

About the Position of Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs

As a direct report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs (AVP RSP) leads and manages the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The AVP RSP oversees all University policies and procedures relating to research, including external grant and contract proposal development, grant and contract administration, research and regulatory compliance, internal research award programs, intellectual property issues, technology transfer, and economic development. The AVP RSP has principal responsibility to lead, stimulate, and nurture the culture of and capacity for knowledge creation and discovery, and is expected to find and encourage new funding opportunities for faculty that are consistent with the mission of the University. The AVP RSP will facilitate the establishment of multidisciplinary teams pursuing and supporting funding opportunities. The successful candidate will work to develop and implement a process for translating research results to commercial products. The AVP RSP provides leadership in increasing total research funding and expanding the University's reputation as a premier innovation center in the region. The AVP RSP serves as University liaison to external public and private grant and contract funding agencies, and seeks and manages externally funded University-wide projects as appropriate. The AVP RSP provides leadership in developing institution-wide projects focused on promoting student success and in identifying appropriate funding sources. The AVP RSP initiates and implements special projects at the request of the Provost; performs other duties as assigned.


Required qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate from an accredited university
  • Credentials and experience for a faculty appointment at an advanced rank
  • Ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies, and a proven record of promoting research and research partnerships
  • Extensive knowledge about federal and state funding opportunities and trends, national and international research organizations, faculty fellowship programs, institutional partnerships, and research collaborations
  • Extensive knowledge about university research environments and infrastructure, current trends in technology transfer, and current federal and state research compliance regulations, policies, and practices
  • Proven ability to promote a working environment that rewards new ideas and innovation, builds collaborations, encourages teamwork, and promotes diversity
  • Record of scholarly, creative, applied and/or professional accomplishments
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others including building multidisciplinary research teams
  • Effective written and oral communications skills
  • Record of successfully planning, managing budgets, and administering significant grants and contracts

Preferred qualifications:
  • Significant administrative experience leading a sponsored programs office in a university, industry, or government environment, and experience at an institution of higher education in both pre- and post-award
  • Experience in leadership building and strong interpersonal skills including conflict resolution is preferred
  • University teaching experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership:
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive, and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented, and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.

More information, including an institutional profile, can be found at

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule:
  • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
  • The anticipated hiring range is: $180,000 to $203,004 per year, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Application Period

The position is open until filled but only applications received by Friday, March 22, 2024, can be assured full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Effective Date of Appointment: July 1, 2024

How to Apply

The university is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at and Chris Butler at

Background check

This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.


The person holding this position will be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran or military status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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