Assistant Director of Sponsored Projects Administration (Focus: Pre-Award Research Administration)


Portland State University is looking for an experienced research administrator to serve as our Assistant Director of Sponsored Projects Administration, focused on pre-award research administration. Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) is the centralized administrative unit responsible for the oversight and management of external funding received in the form of grants and contracts for research and other scholarly activity for a diverse and complex portfolio of sponsored projects funded by our federal, state/local government, private industry, non-profit, and international sponsors.


The Assistant Director of Sponsored Projects Administration oversees the centralized pre-award functions within the office of SPA and serves as a member of the SPA operations leadership team responsible for developing and implementing programs and procedures to enhance research administration processes across campus and integrating central and departmental research administration functions, processes and training. The Assistant Director provides expertise in proposal development and award acceptance functional areas and supervises the Managers that oversee those areas.


This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and five or more years of progressively responsible experience in research administration, as well as proven leadership skills related to research administration and a minimum of two years supervisory experience that includes the ability to mentor and motivate professional staff in a team environment.


The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $80,892 and $95,052, depending upon qualifications and experience, but may be negotiated above this range when factoring years of related experience, applicable skills, etc. Remote and hybrid work schedules are available.


If interested, please apply for Position No. D93505 by following the application instructions at the following link:


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.


PSU is undergoing a reorganization of our research administration office. Check out for other open positions in our office, including Departmental Research Administration (DRA) Manager, Grants Specialist, Agreements Specialist, Post-Award Analyst, and more. All positions are eligible for remote and hybrid work schedules

Contact Information

Portland State University
First Name
Sponsored Projects
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