University of St. Thomas

Director of Sponsored Research

St. Paul
Feb 03, 2017
Mar 03, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director of Sponsored Research position within the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Director of Sponsored Research is responsible for providing a comprehensive support system for faculty to seek, obtain, and successfully execute externally funded research projects. New opportunities exist to capitalize on and strengthen collaborations with the offices of Faculty Development and Corporate and Foundations Relations at St. Thomas. St. Thomas offers a robust internal grants program and variety of strong supports for faculty scholarship. We are looking for an experienced, dynamic leader who can build on existing supports to enlarge and energize faculty efforts to secure external funding. A strong collaborative skill-set is essential, as is the ability to operate in an interdisciplinary context and communicate effectively with a variety of constituents. The director is responsible for all phases of grants management, working with key support staff and groups including financial specialists and the Institutional Review Board. The director will also help review the indirect cost policy and make recommendations that would benefit the University and grant recipients. St. Thomas is currently implementing a new strategic plan and is well-poised to launch new efforts to encourage faculty grant-seeking as part of an overall institutional commitment to enlarge faculty development support. 

Major job responsibilities:

1. Actively consults with faculty on the design and submission of grant and contract proposals for external sponsorship from state, federal, local and other government agencies to enhance funding for research and scholarship.  Works to promote increased volume in this area by actively seeking opportunities and building relationships with a wide range of grant agencies and other funding sources.

2.Works closely with Institutional Advancement in the area of corporate sponsored research to ensure that units maintain open communication and coordination of efforts, with the goal of expanded volume in this area. Collaborates with Faculty Development on the coordinating internal and external grant opportunities and promoting grant-writing among faculty through workshops and other strategies.

3. Provides oversight of the pre-award grants management process ensuring all proposals comply with federal, state, and University policies and regulations, managing/developing subcontractors, and resolving intellectual property issues.  Reviews and approves solicitations and proposal requests to ensure institutional eligibility.  Provides interpretation of funding rules, regulations, and procedures relative to proposal submissions.

4. Oversees the post-award grants management process for faculty, while working with the controller’s Office and other Academic Affairs staff as needed to ensure comprehensive and timely monitoring of post-award activity within budget limits and timelines; maintains a comprehensive grants calendar to identify and track next steps, funding deadlines, and reporting requirements for these grants.

5. Represents the University in relation to federal, state, and other government agencies, as well as Academic Affairs on committees within the University.

6. Works with professional and support staff, including the IRB director and Animal Care and Use Committee, in maintaining their knowledge in the field of research administration and related compliance areas.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications:  Advanced degree in a relevant field and seven years of experience working in higher education to include experience with research administration involving government grants and contracts as well as federal regulations regarding institutional compliance to include IACUC, IRB, IBC, conflicts of interest, and export controls. Brings a record of establishing effective connections with granting agencies through successful networking.  An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred qualifications:  Ph.D, or other terminal degree, and CRA certified, record of promoting and expanding external grant seeking; record of securing grants, and knowledge of corporate sponsored research. 

Knowledge of:  Academic programs, faculty needs, and the nature of scholarly research.  Grant proposal writing, prospect identification, research, donor cultivation, and stewardship of gifts; state and federal compliance regulations regarding the use of human subjects and animals for research.  Federal cost principles including IRS rules and regulations regarding charitable gifts and non-profit organizations; principles and practices of budget development and administration.  Proper writing techniques to include spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Skill in:  Ability to create and implement new research-related programs and initiatives.  The ability to identify and respond to

Trends influencing government and other grant writing; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to articulate the case for support to secure funding; ability to initiate, follow-through, analyze, monitor, and evaluate strategy plan for qualification; planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others; proven record of working collaboratively with other teams; positively motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives; ability to oversee the expenditure of discretionary funding; preparing effective written informational and educational materials.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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