The Director will lead the Office of Research Administration, overseeing a six-person office, under the direction of the Dean of Graduate School & Research. A successful Director, with their Office, will collaborate with as well as provide support and leadership to a wide range of offices, staff, and, especially, faculty. Western highly values sponsored research in supporting its mission, and seeks increased extramural research and sponsored project funding.
The Office of Research Administration assists with grant proposal development; provides advanced institutional review, negotiation, and preliminary approval of proposals; protects the interests of the University through review, negotiation, and approval of the terms and conditions of external awards; ensures compliance of proposals and awards with sponsor, university policies, and unsponsored research compliance; issues subcontracts; maintains accurate records and provides reports on proposals and awards; and helps manage and support the post-award process.
Note: Position title pending approval from the Human Resources Advisory Board.
A successful candidate should have a minimum of a Master’s degree and at least five years of increasing responsibility in proposal, grant, and contract development and administration with a broad understanding of the regulations governing compliance of grants and contracts. Working knowledge of mandated regulations governing grants by federal, state, and private agencies required. Excellent supervisory, interpersonal, writing, editing and public speaking skills are required. The candidate must have experience or familiarity working with faculty and staff.
Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. In addition, Western Carolina University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
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