Position Title: Director, Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Activities
Classification Title: FT Administrator
City/Campus: Detroit - McNichols
Department: VP of Academic Affairs
Position Status: Full Time
The mission of the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Activities (OSPRA) is to enhance the environment for research and creative programs at University of Detroit Mercy, encourage and facilitate external funding for faculty and staff projects, and support the University’s pursuit of academic excellence. The office assists Detroit Mercy faculty and staff to capitalize on external funding opportunities to support research, professional and creative activities including but not limited to: basic research, applied research, postdoctoral fellowships, curriculum development, community outreach, faculty-guided student research, and targeted development projects.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities;
(1) Reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. (2) Facilitates faculty development in seeking external funding and grant management. (3) Collaborates with the Office of Budget and Finance to ensure the financial integrity of all externally funded research projects and post award processes. (4) Proactively connects faculty with information about grant and foundation funding sources including federal, state, regional, and local sources. (5) Assists in conjunction with the Budget and Advancement Offices in the development and preliminary approval of all proposals to ensure submission is consistent with University and sponsor guidelines. (6) Facilitates the monitoring of scholarly integrity, intellectual property, conflict of interest, and other responsibilities associated with scholarship and external support with appropriate university personnel offices and governance bodies. (7) Interacts with administrative departments to facilitate grant-supported activities (purchasing, student employment, payroll, etc.). (8) Ensures that each research and project awarded is implemented in a manner consistent with the University and sponsor policies and procedures. (9) Provides preliminary review of proposals prior to submission for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. (10) Serves ex-officio and as a non-voting member of the IRB. (11) Oversees the subscription-based grants database publicizing it as a resource, serving as the liaison between the provider and the University community, regularly assessing University usage, and investigating alternatives, as necessary, and recommending any changes to the Provost and VPAA (12) Maintains the repository of all proposals for external funding for research, sponsored programs or academic-related activities and the outcomes related to each. (13) Publishes a bi-annual report of all pursuits of external funding for research, sponsored programs and academic related activities and outcomes related to each to the University community. (14) Publishes the OSPRA newsletter tri-annually disseminating information about external funding pursuits, available resources, and other relevant information. (15) Identifies and collaborates with appropriate McNichols Faculty Assembly (MFA) teams and committees to promote faculty development. (16) Provides orientation for new faculty as well as ongoing workshops and mentoring programs. (17) Facilitates compliance with Federal Research Guidelines. (18) Promotes a positive and collaborative relationship with other offices on campus such as the Office of Budget and Finance and the Office of Advancement. (19) Works with other campus offices, such as the Office of Budget and Finance, to continually monitor policies related to sponsored projects and update as needed. (20) Works with Marketing and Communications to promote the scholarly achievements of Detroit Mercy faculty and staff. (21) Represents Detroit Mercy in appropriate local state and regional activities. (22) With appropriate support, manages the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Activities (OSPRA) website to include: o Resources for funding opportunities o Proposal development o Policies and procedures o Pertinent Detroit Mercy Policies and Procedures o Appropriate links e.g. National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Policy Manual; National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants Policy Statements (23) All other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Master’s degree (M.A.) or equivalent; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. preferred.
Experience (Minimum/Preferred): Technical Skills: Banner experience a plus
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Organizational skills, budget development; effective writing. History of successful grant management.
Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.
Open Date: 05/01/2019
Salary/Pay Information: Commensurate with Experience
Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private university, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's urban mission, commitment to diversity, and tradition of scholarly excellence. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.
Internal Number: AF9708-PC001-1014-1108
About University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Detroit Mercy has one goal - to help our students realize their dreams and ambitions. We fulfill that goal by offering challenging academic programs taught by talented, committed professors and supplemented by hands-on research, co-op, and internship opportunities.