Associate Director of Pre-Award Research Administration

George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) invites qualified applications for the newly created position of Associate Director of Pre-Award Research Administration. The Associate Director will provide leadership for the development and oversight of pre-award research administration in CHSS as part of university efforts to enhance research infrastructure across campus. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research in CHSS, the position will be charged with two major areas of responsibility: (1) staffing and leading a pre-award team in the Dean’s Office who will work with researchers, academic units, and Dean’s Office colleagues to build, refine and evaluate college-based pre-award support, and (2) working directly with CHSS researchers in the provision of research administration services, including proposal development, budget development, and submission to sponsors in coordination with the university’s Office of Sponsored Programs. Additional details about the position and candidate qualifications may be found on the university's jobs site at For full  consideration, submit application materials by November 2, 2021.

As a major contributor to the university’s R-1 status, CHSS submits an average of 167 proposals a year to a diversity of sponsors, including NIH, NEH, NSF, DOJ, Library of Congress, NEA, US Department of Education, Kresge, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a host of  university partners, state agencies and other organizations.  The College manages about 200 active grants worth approximately $18 million in annual research expenditures.  

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is an exciting, collegial and dynamic academic environment in which to work.  The college enrolls over 7,300 students in undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs who are taught and mentored by 400 full-time faculty in 20 academic departments and programs. Faculty are engaged in research, scholarship and creative works (RSCW) that advance knowledge, create research opportunities for students, and engage the public in both new and traditional ways.  The College is home to ten chartered research centers, and boast faculty who also engage in transdisciplinary and transformative university centers for advanced study and university institutes. The university's location in Fairfax, Virginia in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area provides access to a culturally diverse and fast-paced environment, with outdoor recreational and scenic locations in the Commonwealth of Virginia also nearby. 

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Contact Information

George Mason University



College of Humanities and Social Sciences
4400 University Drive, MS 3A3
Fairfax, VA 22030


Background Information


7-10 years

  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Administrator or Administrative

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

  • Full Time