Director of Sponsored Programs


Elon University invites applications for a Director of Sponsored Programs position. The Director of Sponsored Programs will develop and implement a strategic vision and goals for the Office of Sponsored Programs, aligning the vision and goals with the University’s mission and priorities. They will provide organizational leadership for the OSP to ensure effective and efficient management of sponsored projects, coordinate the day-to-day activities of OSP and drive decisions, and offer outstanding customer service to faculty, staff, and other stakeholders. The Director will seek professional development and growth opportunities for themselves and their staff. They will provide supervision and training to the Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs and work with the Assistant Director and Grants Accountant to ensure efficient management of grants from pre-award to closeout.

Benefits of Working at Elon University 

As an Elon University employee, you’ll join an internationally acclaimed university with a commitment to fostering a thriving community. Ranked among the most innovative, creative and best-run universities in the nation, Elon’s personal approach to education extends to employees, whose growth, professional development and success is a hallmark of our training and advancement opportunities.

Elon University’s home is the charming town of Elon, North Carolina, a small, friendly community located a short distance from the beach and the mountains, and among the vibrant cities of Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham. In addition to the beautiful canopy of historic oak trees iconic to our campus, you’ll find boundless opportunities for family-friendly recreation, cultural events and outdoor activities. Hiking, water sports, fine dining and entertainment are just a few of the many happenings in the Elon area, making the region one of the nation’s premier travel destinations.

Employees at Elon enjoy a generous and comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • 28 annual days off, including holidays and vacation.
  • Immediate tuition remission for employees.
  • Retirement plan with an 8 percent contribution from the university.
  • Immediate eligibility for health, dental and vision insurance, along with free acute care and lab services at our onsite Health & Wellness Clinic.
  • Free use of campus fitness facilities.
  • Free admission to musical and theater performances, guest speakers, religious and ethnic observances, recitals, art exhibitions, entertainment and our Division I Phoenix athletics.

Eligibility for tuition remission at Elon for spouses, qualifying domestic partners and dependents begins at three years of service. After four years of employment, eligibility begins for participation in the Tuition Exchange, a national scholarship exchange program that enables dependents to enroll in nationally recognized partner colleges and universities.

Elon values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our community members. As an equal opportunity employer, Elon’s principles of diversity extend to race and gender identity, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, and other aspects of one’s identity. At Elon, our employees respect human differences, passion for lifelong learning, emphasis on personal integrity and an ethic of service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities     

  • Partner with faculty and staff across all units of the university to develop and submit grant proposals to external funding agencies. 
  • Develop, implement, and improve policies and procedures for compliance with Uniform Guidance, federal, state, and local regulations related to sponsored programs, including staying abreast of changes in compliance and modifying institutional policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Serve as an authorized organization representative (AOR) in support of grant and contract applications and any necessary reports or documents connected with proposal submissions.
  • Assess the effectiveness of research administration processes including benchmarking, tracking progress toward goals, and measuring outcomes.

Special Skills or Experience    

  • Three years or more experience with pre- and post-award processes, including budget development and interpreting complex information and requirements in notices of funding opportunities.
  • Experience working directly with staff and faculty stakeholders
  • Management, supervisory, or leadership experience (need not be in research administration)
  • In-depth knowledge of federal agencies
  • Working knowledge of 2 CFR 200: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards (“Uniform Guidance”)
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines while coordinating multiple projects
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, online internal institutional systems, internet, and online calendar and email programs
  • Willingness to learn new skills and participate in professional development opportunities
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and fostering a positive, cooperative, productive work environment

We affirm that Elon University values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and perspectives of our community members. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Please see the full job ad on our institutional website and reach out with any questions.

Contact Information

Elon University
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Last Name
Contact Email
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Background Information

4-Year Degree
Years of Experience
  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Department Administrator
  • Administrator or Administrative
Work Authorization
Authorized to work in the US
Security Clearance

Target Job Information

$95,000-$115,000 depending on experience
Job Type
  • Full Time