Associate Director, Sponsored Programs

Position Title Associate Director, Sponsored Programs Position Number 082171 Department Office of Research - 282000 Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of research administration experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Knowledge of federal sponsors; programs, governance and electronic systems. Experience with electronic research administration systems and software. Proficient with computer applications (word processing, databases, spreadsheets) & eRA systems.

License/Certification Required

CRA preferred

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The primary purpose of the Associate Director of Sponsored Programs is to improve the flow of proposal submission and review processing and agreement/contract management in support of strategic unit/OR/Institutional goals and measures. This individual reports to the director of Sponsored Programs, who reports to the Vice Provost for Research.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Leads the Sponsored Programs team in the director’s absence.
  • Assists the director with the pre-submission review and approval of proposals in the internal proposal routing system.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance in sponsored project proposal development and submission for assigned departments.
  • Negotiates award and contractual documents.
  • Mentors colleagues and assists with development of Web-based tools and resources.
  • Manages in-house contract and agreement development and workflow to assure timely completion of agreement reviews, negotiation, and execution with collaborators as well as sponsors.
  • Provides oversight for large, complex projects.
  • Draw on a broad scope of both pre- and post-award experience with a variety of federal, state, corporate, private, and non-profit sponsors.
  • Collaborates in the planning and delivery of Sponsored Programs workshop offerings, and takes lead on important Sponsored Programs initiatives.
  • Engages in professional development activities to assist with the provision of cutting-edge services.
Suggested Salary Range Commensurate with experience Physical Demands of Position

Work for this office requires a predominance of computer workstation use. Thus applicants must be able to spend long periods of time at a workstation. Other tasks are performed in an office setting, which requires the ability to perform normal office functions such as, telephone communications, filing, etc. It may, however, include light lifting, etc. to store office supplies or to prepare for training programs or special projects that require delivery of training materials or movement of tables, chairs or other light furniture. This person must be able to navigate campus to meet with clients and lead training programs.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of 3-5 references with Contact Information
AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. Inclusive Excellence is the intrinsic value that a diverse population adds to the learning, teaching, and decision-making processes of an institution.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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