Executive Director, Research and Sponsored Programs



 This position may be eligible for Hybrid Work, working remotely for up to one day per week after the initial 90 days of employment.

Salary Range: $91,458/year or higher, commensurate with experience and/or education


The Executive Director, Research & Sponsored Programs provides oversight for all externally funded projects, grants, and contracts, ensuring that all pre and post-award activities are in compliance with federal, state, sponsor, and institutional policies and regulations.


  • Serves as the Authorized Organizational Representative for the university on all proposals and contracts for sponsored activities.
  • Serves as an expert interpreting, explaining, and applying government regulations.
  • Provides leadership and vision to faculty and staff involved in the identification, review, approval, negotiation, and administration of research, educational, and public service proposals, grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and sub-awards.
  • Increases faculty and staff awareness of grant funding opportunities and assists them in the preparation of proposals and grant applications.
  • Effectively utilizes the input and expertise of faculty and colleagues in developing a compelling case for external funding support.
  • Oversees online proposal applications and electronic submissions.
  • Completes agency forms, assurances, and certifications as required.
  • Prepares and provides institutional statistics related to external funding.
  • Prepares and maintains strategic quantitative and qualitative goals, including but not limited to number of funding opportunities identified, number of proposals submitted, and total amount awarded.
  • Ensures accurate recording and maintenance of grant records and that all grant reports are submitted on a timely basis.
  • Confirms/assists with any necessary financial and grant-related registration with government and other portals.
  • Prepares and submits grant reports for the University and System administration.
  • Ensures documents (proposals, budgets, and grant award letters) align with the University of Houston-Downtown’s policies, procedures, and strategic plan.
  • Conducts stewardship of relationships with funders by managing relations with funding agency program officers, foundation representatives, faculty, staff, and University of Houston-Downtown’s administrators.
  • Works with University Relations regarding the development of press releases and media announcements on grant awards and programs.
  • Supports work of Advancement colleagues for Foundation research/sponsored program applications.

Contact Information

University of Houston - Downtown
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Background Information

Years of Experience
Minimum of five (5)
  • College/University
  • Compliance
  • Grants and Contracts
  • President, CEO, Executive Director
Work Authorization
Authorized to work in the US
Security Clearance

Target Job Information

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Job Type
  • Full Time