Sponsored Funds Officer

What is Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and what is The College Research Office?

Cornell University, located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is recognized internationally as a leader in animal health, public health, biomedical research, and veterinary medical education. Ranked as one of the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report, the College excels in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy. 

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University is committed to advancing the field of veterinary medicine, through unparalleled research and educational programs, as well as professional clinical services. Faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine are engaged in applied, basic, and translational research that will ultimately stimulate new knowledge and enhance the educational experiences of future veterinarians, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students.

The College Research Office serves to assist in the execution of proposals and applications which reflect the superior quality and robust competitiveness of Cornell University research.  The College Research Office provides additional resources, and administrative support to the College of Veterinary Medicine principal investigators and academic departments during the proposal development process from concept to submission. 

What you will do:  As our next Sponsored Funds Officer, you'll leverage your sponsored research administration experience in a fast-paced, demanding, and continuously changing environment to provide centralized College support to facilitate and foster the organized research mission in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Faculty, academic, and professional staff will depend on you to effectively:

  • Identify and interpret funding opportunities and guidelines;
  • Review and coordinate sponsored research proposals for both internal and external funding, while adhering to College, University, and agency-specific policies governing sponsored research;
  • Interpret and implement centralized programmatic policy as well as provide information and knowledge relating to sponsored research activity;
  • Manage reporting requirements imposed and requested by sponsors, external constituencies, and the College.
  • You'll also represent the College of Veterinary Medicine on various committees.

What you will be:  You will be an engaged, reliable, and collaborative sponsored funds administration professional who thrives on opportunities to make a high impact as a critical member of CVM. We have a strong team environment where leadership is a true partner in your success and career growth.   Additionally, you should have:

  • A Bachelor's Degree;
  • 3 – 5 years of progressively responsible experience with sponsored research administration, including research proposals and budget preparation, proposal submission systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Excellent computer skills, exceptional customer service skills, strong oral and written communication skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to handle confidential materials and sensitive information with the utmost tact and discretion;
  • Proven skills establishing appropriate individual priorities and demonstrating initiative and self-direction to follow through on all areas of responsibility and functioning as part of the team.
  • Demonstrated positive and professional attitude with a commitment to continuous growth and learning.
  • Ability to function effectively under pressure, demonstrating sound judgment while ensuring adherence to University policies and procedures.
  • Versatility to be comfortable working in an environment where change in process/procedures is common.
  • Dedication to meet critical deadlines, which will necessitate some evening and weekend work.
  • Lastly, you will be expected to obtain signature authority granted by the Vice Provost of Research within the first year of hire.

If you have all those things, great!  We would prefer you to have knowledge and understanding of scientific and legal terms, but it's ok if you don't.

What's in it for you?

  • Salary is $68,200 to negotiable based on education and experience.
  • 3 weeks of vacation and 13 paid holidays.
  • An award-winning employer of choice benefits program including:
    • Comprehensive health care options.
    • Access to wellness programs.
    • Employee discounts with local and national retail brands.
    • Generous retirement contributions.
    • Impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program. 
    • We invite you to follow this link to get more information: https://hr.cornell.edu/summaries-benefits.

Employment Assistance:  If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu.

EEO Statement:  Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
  • Background check may be required.

Contact Information

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine



602 Tower Road
Schurman Hall, S3-010
Ithaca, NY 14853


Background Information

4-Year Degree

3-5 years

  • Non-Profit
  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Grants and Contracts

U.S. Citizen


Target Job Information


  • Full Time