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Director Research and Sponsored Programs

Company: Central Washington University
Location: Ellensburg
Posted on: June 21, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary

Central Washington University is recruiting a Director Research and Sponsored Programs to join our Graduate Studies and Research team in Ellensburg, Washington. This role is an important member of our team as they enhance the vison for the University. The role is a campus-based position, which means you get to see the lives you are impacting. We're offering a salary, depending on experience, plus the awesome CWU benefits.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for -10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits-perks-discounts .

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjdhOegDa9A

The Role:

This position directs university research and sponsored programs efforts, administers U.S. Department of Education grant-funded programs, and supervises classified staff. The position supports the university's mission to develop partnerships between faculty and students to extend scholarship to important areas of research and practice. All employees are expected to support CWU's commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Job Duties

Manage university's pre-award research administration
- Direct university research and sponsored programs efforts; administer U.S. Department of Education grant-funded programs; supports the university's mission to develop partnerships between faculty and students to extend scholarship to important areas of research and practice. Implement programs, negotiate subcontracts for service providers, and provide general programmatic and fiscal oversight.
- Provide leadership, guidance, and necessary support to faculty and staff in the development of research projects and in the preparation and submission of applications for funding
- Approve proposed grant application budgets
- Monitor, manage, and disseminate all relevant information related to grant application and management
- Coordinate grant application and administration activities with college deans, business and financial affairs, student success, and academic and student life
- Monitor and interpret for use all relevant regulations and practices associated with federal, state, local, and private funding sources
- Negotiate indirect costs with nonfederal agencies
- Coordinate agreements and subcontracts between the university and contractors
- Administer nonfinancial post-award actions, i.e., no-cost extensions, award transfers from other universities, FFATA reporting
- Assume administrative responsibility for interfacing with internal regulatory groups such as Human Subjects, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Environmental Health and Safety, and Internal Audit
- Plan, implement, and participate in proposal writing and related training sessions for faculty and staff
- Provide troubleshooting assistance and intervention for all aspects of grant application and administration
- Maintain currency in field of research administration
- Develop and implement CWU grant and sponsored research policies
- Provide guidance to directors and staff in centers and grant programs affiliated with Graduate Studies and Research
- Participate in appropriate professional organizations.

Supervisor Duties
- Hire and supervise staff in Research and Sponsored Programs office and selected federally funded grant programs
- Actively engages in recruitment and hiring new employees
- Clearly defines performance expectations, ensure accountability, and provides ongoing informal feedback, coaching, and mentoring. Conducts formal performance evaluations
- Ensures employees have necessary resources
- Oversees and directs the work of staff; serves as mentor, coach and leader, and resolves complaints or issues
- Promotes professional development opportunities
- Develops and fosters supportive working relationships, motivation and engagement
- Communicates information to staff on an ongoing basis to influence staff engagement and to be a part of a larger community
- Takes corrective action in a timely manner
- Recognizes and rewards employees for good performance
- Schedules employee work hours/shifts; monitor hours worked; approve payable time and absence requests
- Adjusts leadership style as needed to achieve results
- Recognizes value of and promotes diverse workforce. Values and encourages diverse perspectives, creativity and teamwork.

- Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Significant experience in pre-award and/or post-award research administration.
Master's degree.
Excellent written and oral and communications skills; excellent interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to write and edit grant proposals and interpret agency guidelines.
Demonstrated ability to develop and monitor numerous budgets and implement programs.
Demonstrated willingness and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and experiences.
OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree.
Certified Research Administrator.
Experience with audits.
A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment.
Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion.


Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary : Dependent upon qualifications and experience

Schedule/Appointment : Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch)

Working Conditions : Work is performed in an indoor office setting with frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer work station for prolonged periods of time, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks and create/maintain filing systems for departmental records. Some evening or weekend work and/or occasional travel may be required.

Benefits : CWU's comprehensive benefit package includes an annual contribution of over $11,000 toward health insurance, over $10,000 toward retirement, and a combined total of 40 days off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Depending on plans selected, your cost will vary for health insurance from $24 - $313 per month and 5-15% for retirement. CWU employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness . Additional information is available on our Benefits and Perks page .

How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;

Resume including work history, education, training; and

Contact information for three professional references.

Screening Begins: June 17, 2022

**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Name: Tim Englund
Title: Dean, College of the Sciences
Email: Timothy.Englund@cwu.edu
Phone: 509-963-3207
Website: https://www.cwu.edu/

Please contact Human Resources at hr@cwu.edu or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment

Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21.14.1 , CWU employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October 2021. Your vaccination status will be verified if/when a job offer is made. Information about how to apply for medical and religious accommodations are available here : www.cwu.edu/hr/ . Failure to meet the vaccination policy (or approval of a medical or religious accommodation) will result in revocation of the offer.

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

Keywords: Central Washington University, Yakima , Director Research and Sponsored Programs, Executive , Ellensburg, Washington

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