Director, Office of Sponsored Programs


Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

St. Edward’s University, a nationally ranked, independent Catholic university and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), invites applications for the position of Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. The Office of Sponsored Programs supports faculty and staff in applying for and administering sponsored research and projects. St. Edward’s University has a long history of successfully obtaining large institutional grants, including grants to support the University’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), McNair Scholars program, and Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4). The Director will build on these successes by leading efforts to expand and diversify sources of extramural funding. The Director will also be responsible for protecting the University’s interests by ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, university policies, and funding agency requirements. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Director will play a key role in promoting academic excellence by supporting faculty research and other strategic initiatives that align with the University’s Holy Cross mission and vision to be a destination university for a more just world.

St. Edward’s University embraces excellence through diversity and especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minority groups. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to supporting a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

For consideration, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required, with certification in research administration (CRA or CPRA) preferred
  • At least three years of demonstrated experience and accomplishment in research administration, including experience in a higher education context
  • Knowledge of compliance requirements related to Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200, as well as policies and procedures of government funding agencies
  • Experience working with a broad variety of funding agencies at the federal and state level
  • Demonstrated success identifying and pursuing creative sources of extramural funding
  • Ability to read and interpret grantor guidelines for proposal preparation and compliance
  • Knowledge of sponsored programs administration and reporting, including experience with online grant submission systems
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills, including ability to manage multiple projects, delegate effectively, meet deadlines, and facilitate collaboration among diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, including a collaborative and proactive approach to working with internal and external stakeholders, accessibility and timeliness in responding to inquiries, and an ability to clearly communicate grant preparation requirements to faculty and staff

Essential responsibilities include:

  • Directing, coordinating, and evaluating the Office of Sponsored Programs, including supervision of current and future staff (currently one assistant director)
  • Identifying funding opportunities and facilitating proposal development in areas that support the University’s strategic priorities
  • Implementing a customer service-focused approach to collaboration with faculty and staff throughout the lifecycle of proposed and funded projects—from proposal preparation to implementation and reporting
  • Reviewing submitted proposals and overseeing implementation of funded projects to ensure compliance with funding agency requirements, federal and state regulations, and university policies
  • Developing and implementing programs to support the success of faculty and staff in securing external funding
  • Assisting with post-award support, including negotiating, reviewing, and administering contracts and subcontracts
  • Establishing and implementing systems to track awards and measure success attaining external funding
  • Collaborating on the development and implementation of university policies and procedures related to research and research administration
  • Serving as the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for the University and an official liaison between the University and government funding agencies
  • Other duties as assigned


Interested applicants should submit an online application at Please include a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three employment references. Applications that are missing any of these three items will not be considered.

In your cover letter, please include a discussion of your knowledge, track record, and plans for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion as a professional at St. Edward’s University.

Contact Information

St. Edward's University
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(512) 448-8460
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Background Information

Years of Experience
  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
Work Authorization
U.S. Citizen
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Target Job Information

no minimum
Job Type
  • Full Time