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Columbus State University
  • Position Number: 2530779
  • Location: Columbus, GA
  • Position Type: Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

Job ID: 233933
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Summary
Columbus State University (CSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to advance sponsored research and grant writing through engagement, collaboration, and innovation.

Founded in 1958, Columbus State University is a part of the University System of Georgia. Columbus State University has four academic colleges, an Honors College, University Libraries, over 300 faculty, and over 8,200 students. CSU offers more than 90 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is ranked among the top public regional universities and in the top 20 innovative universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Columbus, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community.

The Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is responsible for the development and operation of the Office of Sponsored Programs. The Director will have the opportunity of developing and working with a faculty advisory group that includes Human Resources and Financial Services, in the development of strategies and plans to improve and expand research opportunities at Columbus State University(CSU), as well as expanding the campus, regional, and national profile of CSU and OSP. The Director of the OSP is responsible for several key functions that impact OSP and CSU, such as: education among the CSU faculty and administration about grant opportunities and management; development of relevant training regarding research proposal development, monitoring, and reporting, as well as training concerning IRB proposal development and ethical treatment of human subjects; assist with post award management of grants, assistance with compliance audits, development of manual and automated proposal and report tracking systems; and development of routine and periodic (e.g., annual) reports. The Director coordinates this work with appropriate other offices. OSP will seek out opportunities, disseminate grant opportunities, provide training on grant topics, and coach faculty and staff on grant submissions

Significant responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Manage the Sponsored Programs office, including personnel and both pre- and postaward review and compliance; assist in expanding the university's externally funded programs.
  • Identify potential grant sources from federal, state and local agencies, companies and foundations to support faculty research, training, professional development, as well as departmental, college, and multi-institutional projects.
  • Disseminate information about funding opportunities to faculty and staff on a regular basis; inform specific faculty and staff about opportunities in their areas of interest/expertise/research.
  • Create and maintain systems for dissemination of information concerning external funding opportunities, application processes, compliance matters and other grants related information.
  • Coordinate and assist grant writers with the gathering of institutional data for grant submissions; coordinate external partnerships; and coordinate with other institutions regarding joint efforts for funding.
  • Work with Institutional Research and Effectiveness to develop and maintain oilerplate information about CSU that can be used for grant submissions.
  • Collaborate with Business and Finance staff, Office of the Legal Affairs, Ethics, and Compliance, campus departments, granting and government agencies and others to ensure compliance with all required guidelines.
  • Actively collaborate with members of the campus community to remain engaged and aware of interests and funding needs; work in cooperation with faculty, administrators and staff to develop campus-wide professional development opportunities to promote interest and the skills needed for pursing externally funded sponsored program opportunities.
  • Coordinate and provide professional development activities to promote grant writing and external funding.
  • Provide oversight of the administration of awarded grants and contracts to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, contractual terms, and other requirements of the externally funded activity.
  • Review proposal packages for external funding to verify compliance with University System of Georgia and institutional policies, applicable laws and regulations, and certifications. Facilitate effective internal review of proposed submissions, recommend approval of institutional proposals to the administration, submit grant proposals to external funding agencies or organizations on behalf of the university, prepare and disseminate award notices, and maintain essential records and files relating to grants and contracts.
  • Advise the Provost, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, and Budget Director on compliance with university policies, priorities and funding implications.
  • Coordinate with the Institutional Research Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Policy Coordinator on ensuring compliance with regulations regarding human subjects, animal research and other areas as necessary.
  • Review all modification in awards, requests for extension and revisions in implementation schedules and negotiate or assist principal investigators with the negotiations with agency representatives concerning these issues; supervise the preparation of correspondence regarding grants and contracts; prepare and administer all sub-awards to partner institutions and agencies.
  • Serve as the Institutional Authorized Organizational Representative for submitting and administering grants with federal agencies, such as DOE, NSF and NIH.
  • Provide an annual report on sponsored project activity; respond to requests for information and data regarding grant activity and sponsored projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
Required qualifications include:
  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, Public Affairs, or a related field
  • Five or more years of experience in higher education sponsored projects, contracts, cooperative agreements and grants administration with a proven track record of success.
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) required.
  • Broad working knowledge of federal grant funding policies, submissions, pre-award and post-award management.
  • Experience in compliance management and a broad understanding of regulations relating to grants. Understanding of federal regulations and agency guidelines for grants management and sponsored research, including NSF, US Dept. of Education, NIH, NEA and NEH. Knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards".
  • Knowledge of and experience with, NSF FastLane/, ERA Commons/ASSIST, and other online proposal submission and reporting mechanisms.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness in working cooperatively with others to stimulate grant/contract submission and to handle people effectively while also assuring that all rules, guidelines and required processes are met.
  • Attention to detail with ability to assure all grant/contract requirements are met.
  • Strong financial, audit, interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Knowledge of grant administration procedures, including principles, practices, and methods of grant administration and compliance, including accounting for multiple funding streams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships with a diverse range of internal and external partners. Strong customer service skills and ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders.
  • Must have excellent written communication skills, editing and proofreading skills, and the ability to communicate complex guidelines and regulations to a variety of constituents.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Must have a strong commitment to the mission and vision of the Columbus State University.

Proposed Salary
The annualized salary range for this position is $92,000 - $95,000 and includes full benefits.

Required Documents to Attach
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be received prior to campus visit)
  • Statement of Leadership Philosophy
  • Five references (Please include names, professional relationship to reference, addresses, email addresses, and current telephone numbers)

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 706-507-8920 or e-mail to

Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a criminal background investigation and legal authorization to work in the US prior to employment is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Columbus State University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. It is the policy of Columbus State University to recruit, hire, train, promote, and educate persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Special Applicant Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University's online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration.

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