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Director Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

Metropolitan State University of Denver
United States, Colorado, Denver
February 19, 2023
Posting Details
Posting Details

Posting Number A02384
Position Title Director Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
Position Number E00055
Salary for Announcement
The salary range for this position is $90,600 - $121,000. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

The above salary ranges represent the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the ranges of possible compensation at the time of posting.

MSU Denver offers a full benefits package.
Pay Grade
Employee Category Administrators
Department VP Academic Affairs Provost
EClass Code Full Time Professional Staff
Position Summary
As a public urban teaching university and a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a growing focus on innovation and research, the Director of the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs ( OSRP) is a leader who provides strategic direction to support sponsored research and programs amidst the changing landscape of higher education and the growing vibrancy and diversity of the Denver metropolitan region.

MSU Denver is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Provides institutional leadership and strategic direction for MSU Denver's Office of Sponsored Research and Programs with an emphasis on communication and collaborative assistance to faculty, staff, and administrators in all areas related to the discovery, development, implementation, and management of publicly funded grants/awards, grant-related contracts, and sponsored research.

  • Collaboratively develops public grants-related policies and procedures, including but not limited to policies related to the distribution of Administrative and Facilities (A&F also known as Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR)) funds; compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulations and policies; Human Subjects Review (Institutional Review Board [IRB]); and others.
  • Cultivates and connects faculty, staff, and administrators with opportunities for externally funded grants and grant-related contracts.
  • Develops and maintains the best possible practices and techniques for the discovery of grant and grant-related contract opportunities, which will enhance the role and mission of the University.
  • Provides guidance and support specifically to the designated grant or contract administrator and generally to the University, throughout the life cycle of the grant.
  • Oversees the preparation, authorization, and submission of grant proposals, and grant-related contracts with particular attention given to the Principal Investigator(s) (PI) budget development; compliance with the funding agency's proposal and budget guidelines; narrative development and responsiveness to the funding agency's guidelines; and completeness prior to its being circulated for approval by appropriate unit administrators and subsequent submission to the funding agency.
  • Serves as the liaison with the University budget office and public funding agencies for all matters related to negotiated budgets for grants and grant-related contracts, and to MSU Denver's Advancement team working on corporate or private foundation grants/contracts. The OSRP portfolio currently includes 46 grants and contracts representing over $58 million.
  • Supervises OSRP staff, which currently includes an Assistant Director, two Proposal Development Specialists, a Post Awards Manager, Assistant Director of the Human Subjects Research Protection Program, Assistant Director of Awards Management & Compliance, and Human Subjects Research Analyst
Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree and significant experience working in a leadership position directly involved with grant programs.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals to accomplish complex tasks within a defined period of time.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience with garnering grants or fiscal management and reporting to funding agencies. * Extensive experience submitting proposals via Research.gov, Grants.gov, Nspires, Cayuse S2S and other submission systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of OMB guidance and compliance/award processing issues
  • At least eight (8) years of experience in Research Administration, with a minimum of five (5) years in a Research Administrator leadership role.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certification
  • Experience leading a team of predominately remote employees or confidence in one's ability to excel at doing so.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining public funding for projects, as an individual or for an institution.
  • Experience supervising a team of research administrators in University grants and contracts office
  • Experience implementing Cayuse S2S and Cayuse Sponsored Projects at a higher education institution or extensive experience using these systems
  • Active membership in a professional organization such as SRA and NCURA.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations governing sponsored programs and major funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Education, Colorado State Department of Education, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience working with sponsored research and undergraduate research programs, including Human Subjects Review Committees (HSRC) and/or Institutional Review Boards (IRB).
  • Documented success in providing oversight and hands-on involvement in all aspects of the grant life cycle, including writing grant proposals, post-award implementation, fiscal management and reporting, and growing a funding portfolio.
  • Experience as a Project Director or Principal Investigator on a large multi-year grant
  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree

Work Hours
Variable, but generally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M-F. While working in-person or on a hybrid schedule would be preferred, fully remote candidates will also be considered.
Posting date 11/15/2022
Closing date
Closing Instructions Open Until Filled
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) 12/16/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please see Special Instructions for more details.
IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system, http://www.msudenverjobs.com.

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
Talent Team Representative Amy Hamik
Talent Team Representative E-mail hamika@msudenver.edu
MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:
Diversity Statement
Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

MSU Denver is committed to creating and fostering a work environment and culture of belonging; we are proud of the work our employee affinity groups contribute to our culture. For more information on our employee affinity groups please visit this .