The Executive Director of GCA has a fiduciary responsibility to all external funding agencies and to the State of North Carolina for monitoring use of funds entrusted to the University, assuring appropriate use of extramural funds and maintaining the University’s reputation and integrity. The position ensures compliance with federal, state and other agency-specific guidelines. This position directs the pre-award contracting team responsible for efficient negotiation of contracts and data security agreements for the campus. The Executive Director of GCA is fiscally responsible for collections of all Federal Financial Aid Funds (approximately $175-200M per year). The Executive Director of GCA works cooperatively with system level administration, as well as campus senior leadership, Deans, Associate Deans for Research, Department Chairs, Center/Institute/Office Directors, committees, Internal Audit, and research faculty and staff; maintaining open communication with respect to sponsored projects requirements, policies, procedures, and issues. This position develops and implements appropriate campus policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with sponsor/project financial and administrative management requirements. The Executive Director must maintain open and effective communications and coordination with other departments within Research and Economic Development, Office of Legal Affairs, Financial Services and other initiatives within Business Affairs. The Executive Director maintains collegial working relationships with a broad range of institutional offices due to the wide range of potential transactions and activities related to sponsored projects. The Executive Director provides leadership in improving compliance and creating administrative systems that meet external funding requirements with minimal disruption of the University’s research and scholarly activities. The Executive Director appreciates the role of faculty and staff in a university research environment, and utilizes his/her technical knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, and institutional policies and procedures to maximize their productivity and success while complying with all applicable regulations. The Executive Director works with all levels of the university to establish and maintain effective working relationship with internal customers and external sponsors and collaborators.
Minimum Experience / Education:
Advanced Degree required (Masters minimum); Ten (10) years of progressive experience in grants and contracts administration within a university, government, or other research enterprise.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
This position requires extensive knowledge of federal regulations relevant to university sponsored programs, and experience negotiating awards and industry contracts. Experience working with large, enterprise-wide financial and reporting systems including experience in negotiation of F&A and fringe rate proposals with cognizant federal agency. Experience working directly with grants administration and/or financial management and audits. Experience working in a legal and financial compliance/audit environment at an institutional/enterprise level. Experience in educating, communicating with, and supporting faculty researchers and staff in an academic environment. Experience in a leadership, policy development, and oversight role at an institutional level. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with research faculty, grants managers, legal counsel, and senior administrative officers, and a thorough understanding of current public policy issues in the research arena.
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.