Director for Grants and Contracts

Director for Grants and Contracts

The University of North Dakota (UND) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director for Grants and Contracts. The director has oversight of grants and contract administration and has a direct reporting line to the Associate Vice President for Finance. The Director provides a clear vision for the department in keeping with university standards.

Founded in 1883, six years before the state itself was established, UND gave North Dakota its name when the former Dakota territories separated into two distinct states. Today, UND is a busy 550-acre campus, the state’s largest. UND has emerged as an innovator in energy, medicine, aviation, and unmanned aircraft systems.

The role of Grants and Contracts is to provide financial administration of extramural support received by the University for research, service, and instructional programs. Upon award, this office performs fund monitoring, financial reporting, invoicing, collections, and closeout. Training and providing advice/guidance to internal and external contacts are also part of the department’s function along with ensuring guidelines, regulations, and terms and conditions are met at the federal, state, and University level.

The Director position is responsible for providing the leadership to Grants and Contracts Administration. Primary responsibilities include creating an environment of continuous improvement, recruiting and retaining a high-quality team with financial and compliance skills, providing the UND community with ongoing sponsor regulations updates, providing the UND community with ongoing training for internal systems and regulatory compliance, preparing regulatory and survey information for outside entities as required, and leading the indirect cost survey for the university.

The search committee welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences and will consider the factors listed below in evaluating candidates for this critical leadership role. The successful candidate must possess the following characteristics: bachelor’s degree; at least five years of progressively more responsible experience in post-award management; and three years supervisory experience.  Other desirable criteria include demonstrated skill in the development of a team environment and the professional development of managerial subordinates; broad understanding of and experience using a post-award grants management system; must be able to travel to regional or national conferences or other events that may require overnight travel and successful completion of a criminal history background check.

The salary and benefits package is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of North Dakota has a generous salary with 100% employer paid healthcare. For further information about compensation please click the following link:


How to Apply

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae; and the name of five references with titles, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Application materials should be submitted as PDF email attachments. Individuals nominating a candidate should send a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., an executive search firm, is assisting the University of North Dakota in this search. 

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Sharon A. McDade, Practice Leader for Strategic Services & Senior Executive Leadership Consultant

Shelley Sullivan Feather, Senior Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206 Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272






Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process.  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application. 

Veteran’s Preference
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
Clery Statement
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.  The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus.  As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report.  The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.


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Contact Information

Greenwood/Asher & Associates



42 Business Centre Drive
Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550


Background Information

High School

  • College/University
  • Grants and Contracts


Target Job Information

  • Full Time