Associate Director of Pre-Award Sponsored Programs

Department and BU: Office of Sponsored Programs, Division of Research and Innovation

Annual Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience

Summary of Job Duties:

The Associate Director of Pre-Award Sponsored Programs provides leadership and oversight of sponsored programs in alignment with the University of Arkansas’ mission and strategic plan under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Director of Sponsored Programs.  The Associate Director of Pre-Award Sponsored Programs directs and oversees all pre-award grant and contract activities by coordinating the timely submission of sponsored proposals, compiling and disseminating appropriate reporting data, and overseeing daily practices to ensure compliance with institutional and sponsor policy.  The Associate Director of Pre-Award Sponsored Programs trains and supervises professional staff responsible for the pre-award administration of sponsored programs, assists in advising and training university staff regarding the roles and responsibilities of the research administration of sponsored programs, supports the preparation of year-end sponsored programs reporting, and supports the development of processes and procedures for the Institution's electronic research administration systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • At least five years of experience in sponsored research administration

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and/or PhD or professional terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • At least two years of relevant supervisory experience
  • Advanced training and/or certification in research development or sponsored-research administration
  • Experience and working knowledge of grant administration, pre-award and post-award, including federal and state regulations
  • Experience and a solid understanding of the role of grants in higher education
  • Experience and proficiency in computer programs relevant to the work, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and programs related to grant development and submission, internet-based and otherwise

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, in both oral and written format
  • Ability to simultaneously, and successfully, manage multiple projects and initiatives
  • Ability to supervise, coach, and develop supervised personnel
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of constituents, both internal and external
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends for the purpose of meeting deadlines and cultivating grant opportunities

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references.

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The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Contact Information

University of Arkansas



1125 W. Maple Street
316 Administration Building
Fayeteville, Arkansas 72730


Background Information

4-Year Degree

5 years

  • College/University
  • Administrator or Administrative

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

$70,000 -

  • Full Time