Director, Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance

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Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) leads and manages a team of professionals to facilitate, enhance, and grow sponsored programs across the university. The director is responsible for overseeing the negotiation and acceptance of all externally funded projects on behalf of the university, including negotiation of terms and conditions of awards prior to acceptance.

This position provides oversight and management of all policies and procedures relating to externally funded projects accepted on behalf of the university, regardless of funding source and assures effective and timely management of university research and sponsored programs awards. The director manages the campus coordination and implementation of state and federal policies pertaining to research and sponsored programs, designing and administering internal policies and procedures relevant to the research environment to effect compliance with sponsor requirements. This position is responsible for planning and implementing sponsored programs/contracts and grants information systems and electronic research administration (ERA) initiatives. The director is expected to stay informed of issues on both a national and university level.


Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree and a track record of successful, progressively responsible experience in academic sponsored programs administration


List the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position

Expert knowledge of federal circulars, uniform guidance and regulations relevant to sponsored programs and research administration compliance

Knowledge and competency in electronic research administration including electronic systems currently in use by federal and private agencies, and ability to use and train others in these systems

Skilled in organizing and conducting training and education workshops, and presentations on research administration

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Demonstrated ability to positively lead a diverse group of professionals

Must possess supervisory skills and experience and be able to demonstrate ability to work constructively, collaboratively, and diplomatically with many diverse individuals and groups both within and outside the university


Preferred formal education, professional skills and work experience

Advanced degree

CRA credentials

Experience growing sponsored programs or leading organizational change


Primary purpose of the division, department, and/or grant

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) is the service unit at UNCW responsible for the oversight of externally sponsored programs. SPARC provides complete cradle-to-grave sponsored program administration and support including: a) identifying funding sources, b) assisting faculty with proposal development, c) monitoring/overseeing the responsible management of sponsored projects and d) ensuring university compliance with contract/grant fiscal and regulatory requirements. SPARC also administers internal grant programs and the return of F&A to departments. It is the administrative unit responsible for ensuring the university remains in compliance with federal and state policies pertaining to research. SPARC is accountable and responsible for all externally sponsored grants and contracts, university-wide. SPARC accepts funds provided to the university and is accountable for their legal compliance with sponsor (federal, state, local and private sources) regulations and policies. SPARC is the contact point for federal and state audits, both fiscal and programmatic, on contracts and grants. This service office is designed to serve all faculty and staff needs for externally funded project and programs.

EEO Statement 

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for state funded employee benefit programs.

Contact Information

University of North Carolina Wilmington



601 S. College Road

Wilmington, North Carolina 28403


Background Information

4-Year Degree

  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs


Target Job Information

  • Full Time