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Director of Sponsored Programs

University of Northern Colorado
United States, Colorado, Greeley
1862 10th Avenue (Show on map)
September 14, 2023
Position Details
Position Information

Position Title Director of Sponsored Programs
Department Research and Sponsored Programs
FTE 1.0
FLSA Exempt
Job Type Full-Time
Job EEO Category Executive/Administrative/Managerial
UNC Background
Our University
Founded in 1889, as the State Normal School of Colorado and tucked between the Rocky Mountains and Colorado's stunning high plains, the University of Northern Colorado has grown from its roots as a teacher's college into an institution with international draw and status.
UNC is a public doctoral research university that strives to cultivate the unique potential of each of its approximately 9,000 students and is positioned to advance knowledge through discovery because of its just-right size, expert faculty and tradition of research and hands-on learning. By immersing students in innovative teaching and research methods in the classroom and in the field, UNC provides its students with an exceptional educational experience. UNC's talented and dedicated faculty are housed in its five colleges: Education and Behavioral Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business; Natural and Health Sciences; and Performing and Visual Arts.
Acclaimed for its expertise in a broad array of academic disciplines, UNC offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 120 graduate programs on campus, off campus and online. Undergraduate students study in a liberal arts tradition that supports them in exploring broadly, making connections, thinking critically, and using what they learn to make a difference in the world around them. UNC also offers more than 60 extended campus programs throughout the state and online, meeting an increasing demand among adult learners and working students in industry-relevant disciplines. Of UNC's 120 graduate programs, almost half are taught at satellite locations or online. Research, scholarship, and creative works are essential components of academic life for both faculty and students at UNC. Many undergraduate degree programs require a research experience and most graduate programs require a thesis, capstone project, or dissertation. UNC faculty purposefully connect research and teaching by bringing what they learn from their research into the courses they teach and by inviting students to join their work. Faculty and student work on research, scholarship, and creative works focuses on knowledge creation as well as the application of knowledge to solve real world problems. Surveys of current and former students show that they value these relationships and see them as one of the primary benefits of attending UNC.

There is no typical UNC student. UNC prides itself on being a university where students do not have to conform in order to belong. Whatever their unique talents may be, UNC helps students reach their fullest potential. The university prepares students not only to have successful careers, but also to lead fulfilling lives, engage in intelligent public discourse, participate in government, and thrive in a changing, global world. UNC has a long history of serving students who are often underrepresented at research universities. More than 40% of UNC undergraduates are the first in their family to go to college, one third are underrepresented minorities, and more than one-quarter are eligible for federal need-based financial aid.
Linked to our community since we were founded in 1889, UNC is an important part of the Greeley community and works to actively foster a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship with our city and its residents. Greeley is a warm and welcoming place and a location we are proud to call our home. Recently ranked as the fourth fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States, Greeley is a community on the move where a robust economy offers a number of enriching opportunities to residents of all ages.
Our Direction: Rowing, Not Drifting 2030
Our strategic plan, Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, brings to life our vision for the university which takes shape in the form of our vision statement, five vision elements, and outcomes that serve as the foundation in support of and in service to UNC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community. It guides the work of our five phases over the next decade, as well as the implementation of our supporting key actions and tactics.
The five vision elements that serve as our foundation are:

  • Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.

  • Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.

  • Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.

  • Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado's future.

  • Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.

Our Imperatives: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to become a Hispanic Serving Institution. As a diverse team, we develop and learn more together. We value the individuality of each person and recognize how diversity enhances our campus. When you join the UNC family, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that expects intentional collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and local partners.
Physical Demands
Typical office environment with prolonged use of a computer.
Job Summary
The Director of Sponsored Programs is responsible for supporting and promoting the successful submission of extramurally funded research, scholarship, and creative works of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Northern Colorado through the oversight of the Office of Sponsored Program ( OSP) and day-to-day supervision of OSP pre- and post-award staff. Specifically, this position is critical to building a research culture at UNC, improving business policies and practices, professional development and support of research faculty, and driving innovation and accountability in sponsored programs. This position is critical to supporting the research enterprise at UNC.

Essential Functions:

  • 30% Provide day-to-day management and supervision for OSP pre- and post- award staff
  • 30% Support OSP staff, UNC faculty, and staff of other UNC offices with pre- and post- award problem-solving, solution seeking, and professional development where higher level problem-solving, diplomacy, and cross-functional coordination is required
  • 15% Author, review, and check for compliance all contracts not found in FDP templates
  • 10% Report on external-funding activity and serve as the main contact for eRA system(s)-manage tracking systems for sponsored programs activity, serve as the lead contact ("Authorized Official) for external sponsors ERP/eRA systems
  • 10% Communicate to the UNC community appropriate information to promote submissions of extramural proposals and management of awards from external entities
  • 5% duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree, preferably in management, research administration, or a related field

  • Bachelor's degree in management or related field with at least six years experience in grants administration in higher education

  • At least three years experience as a Sponsored Projects Officer or two years experience as an Associate Director of Sponsored Programs
  • Public speaking ability
  • Writing and editing skills
  • Heavy computer use including word processing, use of databases, use of spreadsheets, and particularly the ability to use the internet to identify and retrieve information related to sponsors, grant programs, grantsmanship, etc.
  • Negotiation and diplomacy skill

Preferred Qualifications

  • CRA desired
Organizational Location University of Northern Colorado
Posting Details
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number E01864
Position Number E99802
Desired Start Date 10/02/2023
Open Date 06/23/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of references electronically.
Salary and Benefits
Salary range is $100,000-$112,318 and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Additional Requirements and Information
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online (https://www.unco.edu/police/clery/security-report.aspx) and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.

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