Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects
Georgia College & State University is the state's designated
public liberal arts university. As a member of the prestigious
Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Georgia College
is committed to fostering a liberal arts environment that values
interdisciplinary inquiry, diversity and inclusion, and academic
excellence. The College enrolls approximately 7,000 students –5,800
undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students-- and is prominently
cited for excellence in teaching, undergraduate research, nursing
education, and high impact practices outside the classroom in a
number of leading publications.
The university's beautiful and historic campus is located
downtown in Milledgeville, Georgia, a charming, diverse college
town of approximately 19,000 residents in Central Georgia,
approximately 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. Milledgeville is also
the home of noted American author and alumna, Flannery O’Conner,
and the college community enjoys many exciting literary arts
programs at O’Connor’s former home, the Andalusia Institute, now
owned by the College. Milledgeville is also located on the banks of
beautiful Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, allowing faculty, staff,
and students to take full advantage of the environmental and
recreational benefits of being part of a lake community. For
cultural, educational, and leisure opportunities beyond
Milledgeville, Macon and Atlanta are located within easy driving
Georgia College takes great pride in combining the educational
experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability
of a public university. The university's main campus is a
residential learning community focused on undergraduate education
and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are
dedicated to engaging students through high-impact pedagogies that
foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical
thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We
nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship, and we
value diversity and inclusion in all of its forms.
Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand
and embrace our public liberal arts mission, who are committed to
respecting and fostering diversity and inclusion inside and outside
of the classroom, and who are dedicated to the advancement of
knowledge through teaching, scholarship, and service. All Georgia
College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core
curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and
non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we
seek faculty with the desire and ability to provide a first-class
learning experience for our students, one that will prepare them to
be competent, thoughtful, and well-rounded leaders who make
transformative contributions to their communities and to the
In keeping with the University's mission, we especially
encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic,
racial, and gender diversity.
The Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects works to
significantly expand the level of external support for the
university's instructional programs, research, creative activities,
and public service. The director is responsible for promoting and
stimulating a robust grant portfolio, supervises all operational
matters related to pre-award and non-financial post-award
administration and ensures and maintains compliance with all
federal, state, local, and private sector funding sources. The
director links grant initiatives to university goals, seeking
operational performance improvement and effective fiscal
strategies, including the diversification of funding support, and
helps strengthen community and regional ties through programs,
partnerships, research, and service that enhances economic,
educational, and cultural opportunities. The director cultivates
collaborative relationships with faculty, administrators, and other
key campus stakeholders to stay informed of current programmatic
activities, scholarly and/or creative interests, and upcoming
initiatives. The director provides formal and informal training and
working sessions for faculty.
Directing - 30%
Serves as a campus-wide champion in stimulating robust grant
activity. Develops and maintains procedures to encourage grant
proposal writing and submission; identifies potential funding
sources and opportunities; makes recommendations for departmental
consideration; works with faculty and academic departments to
identify fundable research and program ideas and to locate sources
of funding for these activities. Provides university-wide
leadership for all aspects of pre-award and non financial
post-award grant activity. Researches and disseminates funding
opportunities, offers workshops in proposal and budget development,
assists with proposal editing and design, and provides oversight
for grants management and compliance. Reviews and proofreads
funding applications for completeness, accuracy and quality; aligns
grant services with the needs of the university; and makes
improvements in grant-related services as necessary.
Leading - 20%
Promotes links between funding opportunities and faculty, staff,
and internal and external partners with complementary interests;
works with faculty and staff on proposal development; and
facilitates the coordination and integration of interdepartmental
research. As appropriate, leads and manages grant development
activities including initial research, creation of time lines,
identification of resources, proposal and report writing, data
collection and aggregation, university and agency review processes,
and submission of grant proposals to potential funding
Strategic Planning - 15%
Develops and implements a strategic plan for enhancing the growth
of external funds building on the strengths of the university,
working with appropriate university groups and individuals in
evaluating goals, objectives, and programs. Provides
management and leadership for all aspects of departmental
operations including budget oversight, strategic planning, staff
supervision, professional development, and customer/support
services. Ensures grant staff have the training and resources
necessary to carry out their functions in an effective and
efficient manner, and serves as an expert in the resolution of
issues. Oversees ongoing training and written materials for
principal investigators, faculty, department administrators and
research support staff.
Compliance and Project Management -
Designs, prepares, and seeks funding for university eligible
projects and programs. Leads the development of policies,
procedures, and guidelines to improve the institutions grants
infrastructure and promote a campus climate supportive of sponsored
research activity; interprets and applies state, federal,
university and BOR policies and procedures regarding sponsored
research including the submission of applications, acceptance of
awards, monitoring of project activities and expenditures,
preparation of reports, and compliance with sponsor and University
terms and conditions; protects the interests of GCSU through
careful review, negotiation, and approval of terms and conditions
of sponsored project awards and ensures university compliance
through effective post-award procedures.
Professional Development - 10%
Keeps abreast of current trends and policy changes relating to
external funding and participates in related national and regional
conferences and meetings; maintains contact with funding agencies;
and serves as the University liaison with state, regional, and
national organizations having special interests in funding
scholarly activities. Encourages professional development among
office staff to ensure current knowledge of policies and procedures
related to grants and sponsored research activity.
Eight or more years of highly successful research administration
experience, preferably in a higher education setting; OR an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
PhD or professional terminal degree
Higher education experience
Equal Employment Opportunity
Strong administrative, planning, organizational, communication
(verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
Ability to think creatively to solve problems.
Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with
diverse individuals including faculty, staff, students, and
departmental and senior administrators.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and
Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines, multi-task, and
handle many major projects at once.
Ability to provide vision, shape policy, and oversee the accurate
implementation of procedures in support of requests for external
funding and administration of awards.
Possess outstanding technical writing ability and strong ethics and
integrity with highly sensitive material.
Analytical abilities to identify and review problem situations,
make independent decisions and/or recommend solutions.
Demonstrated ability to provide a positive influence and bring
expertise, team-building and consensus-building with office
Ability to manage respective budgets and indirect revenue.
Extensive knowledge of pre-award and post-award functions, OMB
Uniform Guidance, and compliance requirements related to university
research and sponsored programs.
Excellent judgment, vision and leadership, decision-making,
strategic planning, and sound reasoning skills.
Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of
equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and
current employee and strives to create a campus environment which
understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No
person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual
orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran
status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be
subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity
conducted by Georgia College.
This is a supervisory position.
This position has financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
This position does not require security clearance.
- Position of Trust + Education & Credit
GC&SU is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action institution,
with a commitment to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. It is expected that
successful candidates share in this commitment. For more
information, please visit our web page at www.gcsu.edu.