The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) supports all sponsored research project activity and large portions of internally funded research projects across the George Washington University’s schools and units. As a key member of the OVPR senior leadership team, the Executive Director, Sponsored Projects is responsible for leadership, development, implementation and oversight of the infrastructure to support and administer the university’s externally sponsored research.
This senior leadership position provides strategic vision and direction to the Office of Sponsored Projects at GW with functional areas that include pre-award administration, award negotiation and acceptance, award setup, sub-award management, post-award administration and post-award compliance. The position is responsible for establishing short- and long-term strategies, budget approval and accountability for their assigned areas. Directly leads and supervises staff, including sponsored projects Assistant and Associate Directors, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs. Provides guidance for all trainings provided to researchers and research administration staff at GW. The Executive Director, Sponsored Projects works to create high-functioning,customer centric operational units that align with university strategic goals and initiatives. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Provides strategic vision and direction to the Office of Sponsored Projects at GW to functional areas that include pre-award administration, award negotiation and acceptance, award setup, sub-award management, post-award administration and post-award compliance. Establishes short- and long-term strategies, budget approval and accountability for assigned areas. Directly leads and supervises staff, including sponsored projects Assistant and Associate Directors, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs. Provides guidance for all trainings provided to researchers and research administration staff at GW. Works to create high-functioning, customer centric operational units that align with university strategic goals and initiatives.
Develops and maintains infrastructure, including systems, processes, policies and personnel that strengthen the university’s position in research and support GW faculty and staff in their efforts to obtain and manage extramurally funded sponsored projects. Improves and ensures university-wide compliance with federal, state local and international laws, policies, procedures, federal circulars, Uniform Guidance and sponsor-specific guidelines in the identification, submission, negotiation, setup and execution of grant awards and contracts for externally-funded sponsored projects. Works to reduce the ever-growing administrative burden placed on researchers and their staff. Prepares GW’s response to any major changes in research compliance, operations or portfolio that may impact the research landscape.
Acts as the authorized organizational representative (AOR) on matters related to research at GW. As the AOR, has the authority to commit the university’s acceptance of terms and conditions presented in proposals, awards, agreements and contracts and authorization of reports and certifications related to research activity at GW.
Troubleshoots complex, multi-dimensional problems and issues where information or precedents are typically difficult to obtain and frequently must draw from professional experience or knowledge of best practices in order to solve problems. This includes issues that may arise from external sponsors to GW, sub-recipients of grants awarded to GW, terms and conditions of research grants and contracts and personnel issues. Briefs OVPR leadership on specific cases that may have an impact on the ability to safely and properly conduct research on campus.
Maintains leadership roles and active participation with Council On Governmental Relations (COGR), Federal Demonstration Partnership (FOP), National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) and other national and international groups pursuing initiatives to harmonize and streamline research regulations as well as reduce administrative burden. Facilitates compiling and developing of opinions, feedback and positions to submit to appropriate national forums, federal agencies and/or individuals as well as maintain close communication with university leadership to inform them of emerging issues or information on regulatory reform topics.
Serves as a key member of the OVPR senior leadership team. Works collaboratively with other central administration and academic units and with research faculty and staff to address issues related to research at GW, including Office of General Counsel, Information Technology, Finance, Provost and Academic Affairs and others. Provides leadership in support of the university’s strategic initiatives and leads cross-unit meetings on topics related to research at GW.
Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree in a relevant area of study plus 8 years of relevant professional experience. Relevant experience must include at least 2 years of senior management level experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience working with large, enterprise-wide financial and reporting systems.
- Experience working directly with grants administration and contract negotiation is essential, as is an in-depth understanding of the laws and regulations that impact the sponsored projects environment.
- Experience working with regulatory compliance at an institutional/enterprise level.
- Experience in educating, communicating with, and supporting faculty researchers and staff in an academic environment.
- Experience in a leadership, policy development, and oversight role at an institutional level.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment.
- Membership and participation experience in appropriate professional organizations such as SRA, NCURA, FOP, National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP}, etc.
- Effective writing skills and strong analytical skills.
- Attention to detail and propensity to enable investigators at the University to attract external research funding.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to work productively in a matrixed organization.
- Strong communication, organizational, customer service and interpersonal skills.
- Progressive experience in participating in the grant writing and application process
Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience How is pay for new employees determined at GW?
II. JOB DETAILS
Office Vice President of Research (OVPR)
Family Research Administration
Sub-Family Research Program Administration
Level Level 1
Hours Per Week:
Monday through Friday
Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Required Background Check:
Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status
Internal Applicants Only? No
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If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
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