The Director will lead the Office of Research Administration, overseeing a six-person office, under the direction of the Dean of Graduate School & Research. A successful Director, with their Office, will collaborate with as well as provide support and leadership to a wide range of offices, staff, and, especially, faculty. Western highly values sponsored research in supporting its mission, and seeks increased extramural research and sponsored project funding.
The Office of Research Administration assists with grant proposal development; provides advanced institutional review, negotiation, and preliminary approval of proposals; protects the interests of the University through review, negotiation, and approval of the terms and conditions of external awards; ensures compliance of proposals and awards with sponsor, university policies, and unsponsored research compliance; issues subcontracts; maintains accurate records and provides reports on proposals and awards; and helps manage and support the post-award process.
Establish and implement strategies to increase extramural research and sponsored project funding.
Ensure University compliance with Federal, state, foundation, and other funding requirements.
Disseminate and communicate regulatory directives and updates to pre-award, post-award, principal investigators and university administration.
Proactively assist faculty and staff with proposal preparation, budget development, reporting requirements, and regulation compliance
Ensure cohesive communication of pre-award, compliance, and post-award throughout project lifecycles
Support staff professional development activities
Develop and maintain contacts and act as a liaison with Federal, state, foundation, and other sponsors.
Oversee Federal and University research compliance requirements concerning human subjects (IRB), rDNA(IBC) animals (IACUC); conflict of interest, export controls, etc.
Inform the Dean of the Graduate School and Research on monthly indirect cost returns as they are distributed to university constituents
Oversee the UNC system mandated electronic proposal submission process (currently, RAMSeS).
Partner with the Controller's Office, External Relations' Director and other external engagement offices, and Human Resources in addressing grant issues.
Plan, initiate, and coordinate faculty and staff training designed to stimulate proposals and increase their success rates.
Provide outreach and professional development activities for faculty and staff creating greater community awareness and understanding of grant-seeking processes and opportunities.
Serve as a member of the Research Council and an ex-officio member on faculty and student research related advisory and award committees.
A successful candidate should have a minimum of a Master's degree and at least five years of increasing responsibility in proposal, grant, and contract development and administration with a broad understanding of the regulations governing compliance of grants and contracts. Working knowledge of mandated regulations governing grants by federal, state, and private agencies required. Excellent supervisory, interpersonal, writing, editing and public speaking skills are required. The candidate must have experience or familiarity working with faculty and staff.
Certified Research Administrator (CRA) is desirable, or ability to obtain certification within one year of employment. Demonstrated experience in developing and directing all aspects of training workshops in the areas of proposals, grants, and contracts. Demonstrated experience in policy development, management, decision making, and compliance issues relevant to proposals, grants, and contracts. Knowledge of electronic research administration systems, such as RAMSeS, is preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, you must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin March 18th, 2019 and will continue until a candidate has been successfully identified. Applicants must attach 1) a cover letter addressing qualifications as related to the job requirements, 2) a current resume, 3) a list of four recent (within past five years) professional references (which include name, title, email, phone, and relationship).
For additional information, please visit the WCU and Office of Research Administration websites. Questions may be directed to search chair, Mark Lord (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.