Position Description

Director of Sponsored Research and Programs
LOCATION Main Campus
Job Code 2017
# of Openings 1
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POSITION: Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

DEPARTMENT: Provost Office

STATUS: Full Time


Position Summary:

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) at Campbell University serves as the primary source of assistance and oversight for faculty and staff seeking external grant funding, and exists to facilitate successful grant processing while also ensuring compliance with all University, federal, and other applicable policies and procedures.

The Director of Sponsored Research and Programs provides oversight and vision, consistent with the university mission, on all matters related to sponsored research and programs including development and administration. Reporting to the Assistant Provost for Administration, the Director provides overall leadership to facilitate, enhance, and grow sponsored programs across the University.  The incumbent also manages coordination and implementation of state and federal policies pertaining to research and sponsored programs, designs and administers internal policies and procedures relevant to the research environment to effect compliance with sponsor requirements, and assures effective and timely management of university research and sponsored programs awards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs to serve as a clearinghouse for all university grants and grant-related activities from discovery through close of award, and all stages in between.
  • Identify potential grant sources from federal, state, and local agencies, companies, foundations, and other sources to support faculty research, training, professional development, as well as departmental, school/college, and university projects.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators to develop campus-wide professional development opportunities to promote interest in, and the skills needed for pursuing, externally funded sponsored program opportunities.
  • Develop and, after approval, implement university grant policies and procedures.
  • Provide oversight of the administration and fiscal management of awarded grants and contracts to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, contractual terms, and other requirements of the externally funded activities.
  • Supervise the management of funded research projects and track salary funding, payroll, as well as time and effort reporting.
  • Support the purchasing function for research by supervising the procedures to ensure budget authority and compliance with Uniform Guidance as well as any other agency specifications.
  • Review grant accounting activities, coordinate preparation of monthly and other financial reports for all research accounts, and ensure that funds are reconciled as necessary.
  • Support principal investigators in addressing research-related financial matters as necessary.
  • Uphold, and abide by, Campbell University policies and procedures, including but not limited to: Title IX, HIPAA, and FERPA guidelines.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
  • Other job related duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • Master’s degree required, doctoral degree in a relevant field desirable.
  • A degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field desirable.
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) desirable.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of successful experience facilitating sponsored projects, contracts, cooperative agreements, and grant administration in a higher education environment.
  • Broad working knowledge of federal grant funding policies, submissions, pre-award, and post-award grants management.
  • Experience in compliance management and a broad understanding of regulations related to grants.  Expert knowledge of federal circulars, uniform guidance and regulations relevant to sponsored programs and research administration compliance.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Grants.gov, NSF FastLane/Research.gov, ERA Commons/ASSIST, and other online proposal submission and reporting mechanisms.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated success working effectively with a diverse pool of principal investigators, faculty and senior campus leadership, as well as a broad range of other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, and display a positive attitude, tact, courtesy and discretion in dealings with faculty, staff, high level university officials and the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, meet strict deadlines, and pay attention to detail.
  • Strong financial, audit, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point.
  • This position demands accuracy, honesty, integrity, and the ability to work within the Christian mission of Campbell University.

To Apply For This Position:                 

Campbell University is unable to accept paper or email applications. Please apply by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below, OR if you are viewing this posting via an outside source, visit us online at http://www.campbell.edu/employment/  to apply. Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  If you have any questions, or if you are an individual with a disability and need assistance completing an application for employment contact the Human Resources Department at 910-893-1256 or email employment@campbell.edu.  Campbell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please Note: All positions at Campbell University require honesty, integrity and an understanding of the Mission Statement of Campbell University.  

Campbell University maintains a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Accordingly, the University is committed to administering all educational and employment activities without discrimination as to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity or national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status and any other characteristic protected by law, except where appropriate and authorized by law. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, the following employment decisions and practices: hiring; upgrading; promotions; demotions or transfers; layoffs; recalls; terminations; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; selection for training, including apprenticeship; and recruitment or recruitment advertising.

Employees and applicants of Campbell University will not be subjected to any form of harassment or discrimination for exercising rights protected by, or because of their participation in, an investigation or compliance review related to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, or any other federal or state nondiscrimination law, rule, or regulation.

Campbell University also maintains affirmative action programs to implement our equal employment opportunity policy. Employees or applicants who wish to review appropriate portions of these affirmative action programs may schedule an appointment to do so by contacting Human Resources at the Buies Creek campus, during normal business hours.

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