DESCRIPTION: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, Assistant Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,400 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of the Twin Cities.
JOB SUMMARY: The Assistant Director takes a leadership role in securing external funding on behalf of the College, collaborating with faculty and staff seeking and managing external funding. The Assistant Director will actively research funding opportunities for faculty research, scholarship and creativity (RSC), and for broader College priorities and programs. The AD will maintain an awareness of faculty research interests, College-wide priorities and funding needs, and current funding opportunities. The AD will communicate professionally and maintain relationships with administrators and faculty at the College, and external funders and collaborators. In collaboration with the Director, the AD ensures compliance with federal, state, and funder regulations, while maintaining appropriate College policies. Additional duties will include internal grant proposal review, offering training to faculty and staff, committee service, supervising and mentoring students, and assistance with data management and reporting.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead efforts to secure external grants, fellowships, and research contracts and ensure compliance with award terms
Identify government, corporate, and foundation funding opportunities for faculty and staff; evaluating eligibility, fit, and competitiveness.
Be familiar with faculty scholarship and institutional priorities to effectively disseminate funding opportunities.
Maintain awareness of federal, state, sponsor, and College policies to ensure compliance at both the pre-award and post-award stages.
Build relationships with funders and external collaborators and communicate with them on behalf of the College and project director(s).
Guide faculty and staff through the entire proposal preparation, submission, and grant management process:
Develop grant budgets in alignment with the goals of both the project director(s) and the funder, in accordance with all pertinent college priorities and policies;
Collaboratively write proposal narratives;
Prepare required proposal components;
Oversee administrative management of funded projects;
Review and approve technical reports
Submit 20-30 funding proposals annually to foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities
Serve as an authorized official (alternate, signatory) on grant submissions.
Ensure and document college compliance with all pertinent federal regulations as they concern grants and research.
Develop training resources and offer training as appropriate related to proposal development including, for example budget, development, broader impacts, and peer review.
Monitor technical reporting requirements of external funding agreements and awards.
Monitor documentation of compliance with all public and federal grant award certifications, assurances, terms and conditions
Strategic Initiatives in RSP
Participate in strategic planning, implementation, and reporting in RSP
Meet occasionally with Advancement staff to report on grant related activities, funding needs, and to collaboratively engage in strategic planning around securing external funds for the College.
Maintain and cultivate, in coordination with the Assistant Dean of Research and Director of RSP, contact with College administration, faculty, and staff to identify funding needs and investigate external sources of support.
Collect, track and report on data related to external funding proposals and awards at the College; including oversight of the grant database
Oversee program incentive funds, faculty and staff reassignments and salary savings, and College financial commitments on external grants.
Develop and offer resources to build the capacity to compete for external funding.
Oversee development and maintenance of the RSP website; contribute content for the Research website.
Cultivate relationships with College leaders, faculty, and staff that foster a culture of grant seeking and build capacity for successful grant applications.
Other duties to promote faculty and student scholarship, strategic initiatives of the College, and the grants culture of Gustavus
As requested, review proposals for internal grants
Assist with data management and the preparation of reports that showcase RSC and grants at Gustavus
In cooperation with the Director, collaboratively write College policies related to grant and research compliance.
Work closely with the Grants and Contracts Administrator and the Finance Office to ensure fiscal compliance of College grants and contracts.
Serve on the Institutional Review Board, the External Funding Advisory Council, and assume other service responsibilities as the RSP designee as assigned by the Director.
Develop and attend events that showcase RSC and grants at Gustavus
Coordinate summer research student employment related to external funding
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree and 3-5 years of similar or related experience in higher education setting; or a Bachelor’s degree and 5 or more years of experience with grant writing, grant management, or project management.
Knowledge of standard concepts, practices and procedures related to proposal development, submission, and grant management.
Experience with federal rules and regulations related to the administration of higher education grants.
Experience with budget preparation and management.
Experience with funding opportunity databases.
Experience with analyzing and reporting on data.
Excellent written and oral communication, including editing skills.
Outstanding organizational, time management, problem-solving, and customer service skills.
Strong computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office, FileMaker, and proficiency in the use of Google Docs and Google Sheets.
Demonstrated experience effectively managing multiple competing priorities with high attention to detail.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Experience in a liberal arts college setting.
Experience supervising or mentoring undergraduate students.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, https://gustavus.edu/jobs to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
Contact information for three (3) references
Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.
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