Senior Director for the Office of Contract and Grant Administration

University of California, Los Angeles

Senior Director for the Office of Contract and Grant Administration

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Office of Research Administration seeks an experienced, proactive Senior Director for the Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA). Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration, the Senior Director is responsible for leading a team of approximately 50 professionals who provide a broad range of contract and grant services on behalf of the University to support research faculty and staff seeking or managing funding from government and non-profit sponsors. OCGA services include but are not limited to reviewing, endorsing, and submitting funding proposals; negotiating and executing contract and grant agreements; issuing and negotiating subawards; managing post-award changes; and collecting, managing, and reporting research administration data including performance metrics. This person is a strong manager, an active problem-solver, and a resource providing expertise, assistance, and education to the campus community on a variety of topics related to contract and grant administration. The ideal individual for this role will have significant experience managing contract and grant operations in an environment similar in size and complexity to UCLA; deep understanding of the field’s current and emerging regulatory requirements and guidance; and proven ability to build and maintain collegial relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Founded in 1918, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a premier institution within the ten-campus UC System. It offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an approximate enrollment of 30,000 undergraduate and 14,000 graduate students, UCLA has the highest enrollment of any university in California and is the most applied-to university in the United States with over 137,000 applications in fall 2018. Over the past century, UCLA has evolved into a world-class university, offering a full spectrum of programs and attracting gifted professors, staff members, and students. The University has been part of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1974. 

The Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA) has primary responsibility for the interpretation of University-wide and campus policy, sponsor guidelines, and applicable federal and state laws and regulations related to government and non-profit sponsored activities. As a part of the Office of Research Administration, the OCGA collaborates with a diverse group of stakeholders both on and off campus, including government and field-specific regulatory bodies, members of the University of California system, faculty, researchers and students on campus and beyond, and the University Health System medical center and its partners.

UCLA has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be sent in confidence via electronic mail to:

Rebecca Kennedy, Partner

Caitlin Barrett, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -


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University of California, Los Angeles





Background Information

4-Year Degree

  • College/University
  • Grants and Contracts


Target Job Information

  • Full Time