Senior Director, Research and Sponsored Programs

California State University Maritime Academy - Vallejo, CA

Full-time | Contract
California State University Maritime Academy

Job Bulletin Number: 103213
Classification: Administrator III
Department: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Full/Part-time: Full-Time
Employment Type: Fully funded for the first two years. In subsequent years, the incumbent will be responsible for obtaining funding for 25% or more of the position's salary/benefits.
Bargaining Unit: M80
Salary Range: Commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected.
Benefits: Premium benefit package includes outstanding health, dental and vision plans; life and disability insurances; pension (CalPERS); tuition fee waiver; and 14 paid holidays per year. See our benefits website (https://www.csum.edu/web/hr/benefits) for additional information.
Pre-Employment Conditions: Background
Closing Date: Open until filled. A review of applications will begin Monday, October 28 and the review period may end at any time thereafter.

ABOUT THE POSITION:
Cal Maritime is seeking an innovative and collaborative research leader to serve as the Senior Director (SD) of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). The SD is responsible for building capacity and support for research and scholarship by working collegially with the campus community, for ensuring smooth and efficient pre- and post-award processes, and for developing and seeking funding for external grants, contracts, and funded projects. The SD and ORSP assure that all grants and contracts work is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical and regulatory standards. The SD provides vision, leadership and support for faculty and staff in planning and submitting external support proposals. Further, the SD develops and enhances support structures and programs for faculty and staff that will enhance understanding, compliance, and training for grant submission processes and will increase funding success.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested parties should submit the Cal Maritime Employment Application, a cover letter and resume. Apply on-line at http://www.csum.edu/web/hr/careers.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MARITIME ACADEMY:
Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located on a scenic waterfront site in Vallejo, the campus serves a student population of approximately 1100 undergraduates and 50 graduate students. The campus currently offers undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Transportation, Global and Maritime Studies, and Business Administration. A master's degree in Transportation and Engineering Management is offered as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Senior Director (SD) is responsible for overseeing the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) and for working with the campus community to develop and seek funding for external grants, contracts, and funded projects. The SD and ORSP staff assist with pre-award proposal development and submission, and with post-award support. They assure that all grants and contracts work is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical and regulatory standards. The SD provides vision, leadership and support for faculty and staff in planning and submitting external support proposals. Further, the SD develops and enhances support structures and programs for faculty and staff that will enhance understanding, compliance, and training for grant submission processes and will increase funding success.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide leadership, direction and assistance for pre-award development and submission
o Encourage scholarship, research, innovation and partnerships on campus through the development of innovative incentives and initiatives
o Ensure compliance of grant awards and contracts with all applicable federal and funding source regulations, state laws, and institutional policies and procedures, and recommends acceptance or modification as they pertain to research compliance.
o Monitor grant and research activity for compliance. This is inclusive of both pre-award grant proposals and post-award grant recipients (i.e. principal investigators) and grant sub recipients. When necessary, develops monitoring plans and documentation in order to ensure proper compliance.
o Provide oversight of all administrative records and reports pertaining to compliance. Develops and oversees implementation of training for employees to ensure grant and research compliance.
o Maintain currency with all applicable fields of grant and research compliance.
o Support and promote the engagement of faculty and staff in research programs
o Support and facilitate campus-wide and large-scale proposal development
o Conduct faculty professional development workshops and training in conjunction with Faculty Development
Manage Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
o Work with staff to ensure that appropriate processes and policies are in place related to research and sponsored programs
o Identify issues and opportunities for improvements of office support services and work with campus to facilitate operations
o Supervise ORSP staff and prepare performance reviews
o Encourage and maintain working environment that supports diversity, teamwork, and customer service
o Interface with University personnel to ensure compliance with appropriate budgeting, procurement, and other university policies and procedures
Provide administrative support for Golden Bear Research Center
o Work with GBRC Director to manage and approve budgets, timesheets, and expenditure reports of GBRC
o Serve as first line of oversight over proposed new and ongoing contracts and grants ensuring compliance with all policies and procedures. Facilitate development of new areas of research and contract work which may include faculty, staff and/or outside researchers
Represent Cal Maritime ORSP with the CSU and external agencies
o Serve as Chief Research Officer at CSU CCRO (Council of Chief Research Officers) meetings
o Represent Cal Maritime with external funding agencies and other professional organizations pertinent to research and sponsored programs activities
o Attend meetings and conferences pertinent to Cal Maritime ORSP
o Work closely with University Advancement personnel and CMA Foundation to develop external relationships in support of campus sponsored programs
Conduct research and/or quality control work in field of specialization
o Maintain active involvement with research and/or contracted programs through grants, contracts and/or other external funding sources
o Serve as a mentor and role model for other faculty and staff through own active participation in research and/or QC work

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
A master's degree in a maritime-related or relevant discipline of science or engineering
Five years' experience in sponsored research or research administration (pre- and post-award)
At least three years' experience supervising and/or leading grants/contracts professionals in a higher education setting or a research institute
Demonstrated prior experience in research/contract proposal writing, conduct, funding and completion
Demonstrated knowledge/experience in pre- and post-award activities, including supporting investigators in all disciplines related to Cal Maritime
Working knowledge and experience with federal sponsoring agencies' programs and regulations, policies and procedures
Knowledge of intellectual property rights
Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as financial analysis and negation skills
Experience with electronic research administration tools such as, but not limited to, online databases, Fastlane, Grants.gov, and other proposal submission portals and internet resources
Effective and collaborative leadership style and excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty and staff and communicate effectively with a diverse campus community
Commitment to professional ethics and integrity.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Demonstrated knowledge/experience in pre- and post-award activities in science, engineering, maritime and/or industry-related fields
Experience in research and sponsored programs at a college or university
Relevant certifications such as Certified Research Administrator (CRA), Certified Pre-award Research Administrator (CPRA), or Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA).
A PhD in a science or engineering field

SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
PHYSICAL, MENTAL and ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: LIGHT WORK - involves mainly sitting with up to 25% of the activities involving regular standing or walking; involves lifting of medium weight objects limited to 25 pounds.
BACKGROUND CHECK: A background check (including a criminal records check) must be satisfactorily completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

DESIGNATED POSITION: This position is a “designated position” in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

MANDATED REPORTER: The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: Applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days of the date of hire.

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