Director of Sponsored Research

Director of Sponsored Research


Job ID: 236828
Location: Georgia Southern - Savannah
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
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Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrant campuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving the communities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000 students in associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town, the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach or supporting our military service members and their families, Georgia Southern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!

Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in an exciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 other Georgia companies or institutions, as one of America's Best Midsize Employers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about serving our region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and the world.

Department Information
0900201 - Office of Research Services

Job Summary
Supports the mission of the Office of Research by supervising and managing all sponsored research and program activities. Provides leadership and performance supervision for all sponsored programs staff and ensures their professional training and development. Is responsible for effective and compliant implementation of all research policies and procedures. Ensures high quality professional service and engagement to support university researchers in the attainment and stewardship of external funding to enhance their scholarship. Works closely with partners in other research-related units to enable an integrated approach to sponsored programs management across the university. Reports to the Associate Provost for Research Services.



  • Perform related duties as assigned to support the mission of the University
  • Provide leadership and management for the sponsored programs staff dedicated to pre-award and some post-award functions
  • Supervise and review all proposal submissions to government, non-profit, and industry sponsors
  • Ensure alignment with federal regulations, USG and university policies, and sponsor requirements for all proposals and awards
  • Maintain internal platforms, resources, and documentation for proposals and award management.
  • Work closely with other members of the Office of Research leadership team to ensure consistency in the areas of compliance, communication, data management and reporting
  • Work with faculty and staff to solve pre-award issues before proposals are submitted to sponsors
  • Act as liaison between University and sponsors concerning pre- and post-award issues
  • Communicate with faculty and staff on any changes or updates to relevant policies, processes and regulations
  • Engage in other duties and responsibilities as appropriate to advancing the support mission of the Office of Research

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree

Other Required Qualifications



  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA)
  • Professional knowledge of regulations governing federal research funding and related areas of regulatory compliance

Required Experience



  • Five (5) or more years of related work experience in sponsored programs management, including proposal development, budgeting, and grant writing
  • Demonstrable experience drafting and negotiating research and research-related agreements with federal and state governments, non-profit sponsors and for-profit sponsors
  • Experience with electronic proposal submission portals

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Preferred Qualifications



  • Proficiency with Kuali Research (KR) Software System Management
  • Broad knowledge and experience in working with diverse funding agencies and sponsors

Preferred Educational Qualifications



  • Master's degree

Preferred Experience



  • Three (3) or more years experience working as a university research administrator

Proposed Salary
$71,500 - $90,000

Required Documents to Attach


  • Please provide three (3) professional references in the Required Documents to Attach section of your application.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Consistently exhibit engaging customer service
  • Navigate web access and email with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to work well in a diverse environment
  • Engage in a digital workspace with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proven proficiency with standard software and operating systems and a willingness to develop proficiency in new technologies




  • Adhere to University policies and procedures to meet Institutional goals and support University's mission for student success




  • Demonstrate appropriate organizational skills as required for specific position
  • Clear and effective communications skills to address diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • Demonstrate commitment to inclusive excellence, equity, and diversity
  • Highly effective communication and human relations skills
  • Advanced organizational skills and an aptitude for managing multiple administrative tasks

Apply Before Date
January 25, 2022

Contact Information
For more information or questions about a job posting, please contact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (912) 478-6947 or by e-mail at

For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or

Conditions of Employment


  • Georgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Community
  • Successful completion of background investigation and legal authorization to work in the US prior to employment
  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University, as determined by Georgia Southern University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia Southern University provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicant for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the America with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-6947.

Other Information

  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Work generally performed in the office environment with an expectation to travel between campuses as needed
  • Workweek often extends beyond 40 hours to evenings and weekends
  • Travel required

Background Check
Standard and Education

Other Information
Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals, and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

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Contact Information

Georgia Southern University



1332 Southern Dr

Statesboro, Georgia 30458

(912) 478-6947

Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs


Target Job Information