Director, Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) seeks an accomplished leader and subject-matter expert to direct the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance in supporting and stewarding the University’s research activities with a commitment to service and excellence.

Reporting to the Associate Provost for Research and Innovation, the Director will lead, mentor, train, and manage a team of eleven sponsored research administration professionals in the office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (“SPARC”). SPARC is responsible for the pre- and post-award oversight of externally sponsored programs at UNCW and provides cradle-to-grave sponsored program administration and support including identifying funding sources, assisting faculty with proposal development, overseeing the responsible management of sponsored projects, and ensuring university compliance with contract/grant fiscal and regulatory requirements. The office accepts funds provided to the university and is accountable for the legal compliance with sponsor regulations and policies.

UNCW is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 17,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. The university is thoughtfully enacting the tenets of its strategic plan, which delineates strategies for growth through 2021, and is founded on the values of excellence, integrity, diversity, innovation, and community engagement in the student-centered learning experience of UNCW. Recently, a significant evolutionary milestone was realized as the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education reclassified the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a “Doctoral University: High Research Activity,” or what is known as an R2 institution.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree along with at least seven to ten years of experience in sponsored research administration with a track record of progressively responsible experience in academic sponsored programs administration, or a Bachelor’s degree with extensive demonstrated experience and successful track record. They will be a strong manager, with significant experience leading, mentoring, training, supervising, and developing staff. CRA credentialing is preferred as is experience growing sponsored programs or leading organizational change.

UNCW is committed to and will provide equal educational and employment opportunity. UNCW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has retained Opus Partners ( to support this recruitment. Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner, and Monica Williams, Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations may be sent to Monica Williams

Contact Information

University of North Carolina at Wilmington



Wilmington, North Carolina 28403


Background Information



  • College/University
  • Compliance
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs


Target Job Information

  • Full Time