Sponsored Projects Administration
Director of Sponsored Projects Administration
Ball State University
Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) seeks a Director of Sponsored Projects Administration, who will be responsible for overseeing the Compliance and Post-Award Operations portions of the sponsored projects lifecycle.
Ball State University receives approximately $25M in external funding annually and currently holds a $70M open sponsored projects portfolio. The Director ensures contractual, financial, and programmatic management of all funded awards are in compliance with federal and state statutes, policies, and procedures.
Sponsored Projects activity supports student success, community partnerships, research, and institutional effectiveness, which are critical to the mission and strategic imperatives of Ball State University.
Position Function: Promote and support sponsored project activity in the University; specifically oversee sponsored projects lifecycle from award negotiation through award administration, closeout, and audit.
Oversee SPA fiscal management. In addition, along with the Director, Sponsored Projects Development, provide leadership and decision-making in regards to electronic management, sponsored projects workflow, and policies and procedures; maintain a culture of compliance in research administration, ensuring adherence to federal, state, and university regulations. Able to provide strategic policy, program, fiscal, and administrative leadership; effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; able to multi-task well under pressure, simultaneously handling a variety of projects and prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines. Evidence of problem-solving, organization, critical thinking, and time management skills; possess a strong commitment to diversity.
Minimum Qualifications: Earned master’s degree from an accredited institution. At least seven years of significant and progressive experience in research administration/sponsored project financial administration or a related field; working knowledge of OMB Circulars and other pertinent external regulations; supervisory experience. Able to provide strategic policy, program, fiscal, and administrative leadership; effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; able to multi-task well under pressure, simultaneously handling a variety of projects and prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines. Evidence of problem-solving, organization, critical thinking, and time management skills; possess a strong commitment to diversity.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Attainment of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA). Experience using Banner and/or Cayuse. Experience working in a higher education setting. Knowledge of Federal and State laws, regulatory requirements, and University policies governing the planning, application development, and management of research grants and contracts; experience in working effectively in an environment subject to regularly changing priorities and strict deadlines requiring regular follow-through of activities within assigned work.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/23334. Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through February 22, 2021.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.