Sponsored Programs Officer


This position is designated as Exempt from the Human Resources Act (EHRA).


Posting Details


This position is designated as Exempt from the Human Resources Act (EHRA).


Posting Details


​Benefits of Working at UNCW

Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy, and the employee assistance program, many of which are offered free of charge.

Working Title Sponsored Programs Officer
External Link to Posting https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/29992
Vacancy Number E1047
Position Number 7913
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus
Department Sponsored Programs & Research Compliance - 31110
Division Academic Affairs - 30 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The UNCW Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) unit is seeking qualified Sponsored Program Officers to join our team. Working independently, this position ensures proposal are compliant with university regulations and laws and assists in providing proposal and budget development and submission support.

The Sponsored Programs Officer reports directly to the SPARC Pre Award Manager and supports the SPARC Team in the achievement of strategic initiatives to further the growth and development of the unit as a whole.

Under general direction from SPARC Leadership, this position acts as liaison among Principal Investigators (PIs), university administrative units, sponsors, and department/chair and college/dean and the SPARC Team and is expected to deliver high-quality, customer-focus sponsored programs services, interacting with faculty and administrative staff to facilitate proposal and budget development, preparation, and submission, and serves as a single point of contact for their assigned portfolio. The role is critical in interpreting both agency and university requirements and policies/practices of the university and requires problem-solving skills in a deadline-driven environment as well as the consistent exercise of independent judgement and discretion in matters of significance.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Requires post-baccalaureate credentials (e.g., master’s degree or higher), although a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Capacity to function purposefully and efficiently in deadline-driven situations
  • Regularly exercise sound judgement and problem-solving skills
  • Interact effectively with a diverse group of professional backgrounds and personalities
  • Maintain a flexible, collaborative, and positive work environment at all times
  • Understand and follow rules, policies, and procedures
  • Proficient computer and technology interface skills
  • Able to follow directions from supervisor, work productively, and stay engaged with a minimum amount of oversight
  • Open to providing as well as receiving constructive criticism and feedback
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Required Certifications or Licensures


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) office is committed to providing efficient and effective service to the faculty and staff throughout the university in support of their sponsored research and scholarship activities.

Charged with oversight of externally sponsored programs, SPARC provides complete cradle-to‐grave sponsored program administration and support to ensure faculty have the resources and encouragement necessary to successfully and legally conduct their programs including: a) support in identifying funding sources, b) assisting faculty with proposal and budget development, c) monitoring/overseeing the responsible management of sponsored projects, d) ensuring university compliance with contract/grant fiscal and regulatory requirements, and e) protecting the university from unrecovered revenue, disallowed costs, and non‐compliance with state and federal policies pertaining to sponsored programs.

SPARC also administers internal grant programs and the return of F&A to departments. SPARC remains centralized for compliance and reporting purposes but is often decentralized in service delivery to the university research enterprise.

We seek critical-thinking and conscientious professionals to join the SPARC team. We are committed to building a culturally diverse community dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment and making UNCW an exceptional place for our team, partners, and collaborators to flourish. Come grow with us!

College/School Information  
University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings  
Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE: This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application, including the ‘Work History’ section before you apply for this position. Failure to answer all required questions will cause the system to disqualify your application. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Months Per Year 12 Months
FTE 1.0 (40 hours per week)
Type of Position Permanent
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions  
Job Posting Date 10/09/2023
Posting Close Date 10/30/2023

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References

Contact Information

UNC Wilmington/ SPARC
First Name
Last Name
Contact Email
Contact URL

Background Information

4-Year Degree
Years of Experience
  • College/University
  • Grants and Contracts
Work Authorization
Authorized to work in the US
Security Clearance

Target Job Information

Job Type
  • Full Time