The Director for Grants and Sponsored Programs reports directly to the Associate Provost for Research. The incumbent is responsible for leadership in all areas of the University in the pursuit of expanded funding of external grants, contracts, appropriations and awards to the University.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
-Direct and advance the University’s efforts to obtain federal, state, local government and private sector funding through appropriations, grants, contracts and awards for research (faculty, graduate, and undergraduate), curriculum enhancement and development, community services and new program development for contemporary issues. -Provide leadership in supporting institutional efforts to secure external funding by: a) advising faculty and staff regarding their proposal development strategies; b) training and mentoring faculty in grantsmanship and in locating funding opportunities; c) leading project planning and proposal development for projects benefiting the institution at large. -Manage and coordinate all programmatic and fiscal responsibilities with consultants contracted for external funding applications. -Assist and support the grant-seeking efforts of faculty, administrative/professional staff and other collaborative groups of academic departments, education and community leaders. -Prepare, coordinate and submit grants in a timely and compliant manner. -Review, edit and approve all grant proposals/applications for submission. Ensure that all submissions forwarded from the University are clear, conform with funding program priorities and are compliant with philanthropic organizations, government, agency and University policy. -Manage internal administrative review of grant proposals prior to submission to the Associate Provost for signature and external submission. -Negotiate contract and grant awards with sponsoring agencies. Serve as institutional liaison to sponsoring agencies for funded projects, including negotiation of budgetary and contract revision. -Negotiate cost disallowances and other contractual issues with sponsoring agencies as needed, in consultation with the Associate Provost and the Vice President for Finance and Administration. -Coordinate with the Office of Procurement and Contract Services to insure the full execution of all contracts in a timely manner. -Work with the Grant’s Accountant to ensure grant fund expenditures are made in compliance with sponsoring agency regulations and contract agreements. -Review, as directed, all grant fund expenditures for programmatic compliance with sponsoring agency regulations and contract agreements. -Monitor implementation of funded projects to assure compliance with terms of grant and contract awards. -Ensure that required reports are submitted appropriately and on time. Assist faculty with project closeout and final reporting. -Manage University funds allocated for cost-sharing on sponsored agreements. -Advocate for funded projects and research contracts to assure programmatic success by: a) securing University cost-sharing, facilities and other necessary institutional support; b) fostering assimilation with other programs (both internally and externally funded) with similar objectives and goals. -Support multi-disciplinary faculty research interest groups to facilitate collaborations that will result in externally-supported projects. -Assume a key role in new program funding and development. Represent the University as requested by the Associate Provost, both internally and externally. -Compose and revise policies, procedures, guidelines and other documents relative to procedures necessary for obtaining and maintaining external funding. -Research and provide professional development and research opportunities for faculty and staff. -Prepare, maintain, and manage fiscal budgets for general office operation, consultants, research lobbyists, and State and Federal agencies. -Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications
-Master’s degree. -Excellent communication, strong analytical abilities and research skills. -A minimum of three (3) years of related professional experience with proven track record of expanded acquisition of external funds. -Successful experience in sponsored programs administration or other related higher education experience. -Demonstrated ability to recruit extramural funding for specified goals. -Expertise in government and private sector funding opportunities in support of higher education and research. -Expertise in federal, state and institutional regulations and policies governing administration of research programs, grants and contracts. -A background check will be required of the successful applicant. -An official transcript and names, addresses and phone numbers of three (3) references will be required for the successful applicant.
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About Austn Peay State University
Austin Peay State University is located on an urban campus that for over 180 years has been used for educational purposes and on which the buildings of five colleges have stood. APSU is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, the state's fifth largest and youngest city. The school is named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. Austin Peay is a four-year public, masters level university offering over 56 majors and 63 different concentrations.