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Director of Grants and Sponsored Research

Siena College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 31, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts
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Full Time
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Company Description

Located in Loudonville, New York-just 10 minutes from the state capital of Albany-the Siena experience is built for a new generation of leaders eager to create a more just, peaceful and humane world. Each year, more than 3,000 Saints are empowered through a transformative journey of intellectual, spiritual and personal discovery. The Education for a Lifetime is made possible through a workforce of highly qualified and competent faculty, administrators and staff committed to fulfilling the Siena mission.

Job Description

Pre-award proposal development, approvals, and submission:

  1. Identify and communicate appropriate grant opportunities for faculty;
  2. Support faculty in developing grant applications and budgets that meet sponsor and college requirements and deadlines;
  3. Oversee and document applications, routing for approvals, and application submission;
  4. Serve as liaison between faculty and sponsoring agency personnel;
  5. Maintain SPIN account and application approval system in ProcessMaker;
  6. Act as primary administrator for online application portals, including, NSF FastLane and, NASA NSPIRES, NIH eCommons, eGrants, etc.
  7. Assist other Siena departments that are preparing proposals for grants for institutional purposes that will be submitted to government agencies through the portals listed in #6.

Award acceptance, negotiation, and non-financial management:

  1. Review terms and conditions of new awards for potential issues and facilitate processing and approval of award documents;
  2. Collaborate with the assistant comptroller in training PIs/PDs in their roles and responsibilities in managing active awards as well as with rebudgeting, no-cost extensions, and other post-award functions;
  3. Advise PIs/PDs in interpretation of sponsors’ regulations and college procedures related to post-award administration;
  4. Serve as a resource to PIs/PDs in matters of non-financial award management.

Compliance, including policy development and implementation:

  1. Serve as primary source of expertise to ensure federal regulatory requirements related to sponsored research are met;
  2. Oversee compliance with college policies and sponsors’ terms and conditions, policies, and regulations;
  3. Review, update, and/or draft policies and procedures related to research compliance, including Responsible Conduct of Research, Financial Conflict of Interest, Research Misconduct, and other required federal and state policies, assurances, and certifications;
  4. Serve as primary administrator of the CITI online training programs and document completion of federally mandated training;
  5. Maintain External Grants Handbook and sponsored research website and update as needed;
  6. Participate in professional development activities such as conferences and webinars to remain up to date on regulations and best practices.


 Job Requirements

Minimum of three years of work experience at a higher education institution and in research administration; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; demonstrated leadership skills; and the ability to develop and implement policies and procedures.

Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

Preferred Qualifications: CRA (Certified Research Administrator). 

 A background screening will be required.

Additional Information

Siena College is a Franciscan and Catholic institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and to make a positive contribution to that mission.

Siena College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

A COVID-19 vaccination is required for employees pursuant to the COVID-19 policy.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references to

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