Job Summary Teachers College, Columbia seeks an experienced, positive, highly motivated, and organized person to join the Office of Sponsored Projects as Director. Reporting to and working directly with the Vice Dean for Research, the successful candidate will manage and support the staff in OSP to facilitate research by providing a wide range of services, tools, and training to support researchers and practitioners throughout the life of a sponsored grant or contract. Aligning with the College’s mission, and supporting research across ten departments and over sixty-five programs in education, health, and psychology, the Director of OSP will be responsible for working collaboratively with researchers, staff, and leadership to promote a research infrastructure supportive of sponsored projects, research, and development at a national and international level. The Director will serve as a primary source of expertise ensuring that regulatory compliance requirements are met, providing exceptional customer service, and efficiently processing research agreements. Primary responsibilities: ● Supports a breadth and depth of research in Education, Health, and Psychology. ● Identifies, monitors, and matches relevant funding opportunities to College priorities and faculty interests. ● Develops and updates materials and workshops to assist faculty and staff in the preparation of grants and contracts. ● In conjunction with other College offices, develops and implements effective and efficient policies to grow successful grant applications for externally funded research, scholarship, and programs. ● Establishes and maintains effective communication and cooperative working relationships with college administrators, faculty, staff, government, and private agencies that provide funding. ● Oversees the review and requested modification in awards, such as requests for extensions and revisions in implementation schedules. ● Coordinates efforts with the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Director of Grants and Contracts, Director of Government relations, and Executive Director of International Affairs. ● Coordinates efforts with the IRB Director to assist in the maintenance of an information tracking system. ● Provides training and technical assistance as well as supervision to all Sponsored Project Administrators (SPAs) and student/work study employees by conducting regular supervisory meetings and review of progress toward departmental goals. ● Oversees collaboration of office staff with Principal Investigators (PIs) to ensure there is grant support through the pre-award, award initiation, and post award processes. This includes supervising the development and submission of proposals, establishment budgets, updating materials, and assuring proposal specification compliance for submission. ● Oversees the maintenance of the Office’s website, and writes and disseminates information to the Teachers College community, ensuring transparency of processes and opportunities. ● Interprets applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding grant implementation and compliance. ● Compiles statistical reports, annual reviews, and other relevant data for reports as requested. ● Collaborates with TC leadership to establish goals and procedures for assessing goal achievement. Ensures that goals are evaluated at regular intervals. ● In collaboration with TC leadership, establishes grant-related office goals in accordance with federal, state, city, and college initiatives. Ensures goals are met in a timely manner and evaluates goal progress regularly. ● Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: ● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field with progressive experience working in sponsored research administration. ● A demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment. ● 7+ years providing pre- and post-award support to sponsored projects at a high level across multiple research areas ● Five plus years of direct managerial/supervisory experience in a university or related setting required. ● A demonstrated history of leading and building and maintaining a positive work environment, including having a team-minded approach to working with people and projects. ● Demonstrated ability to manage, communicate, and work effectively across all levels of a large and complex organization with a willingness to actively seek feedback from researchers, and staff. ● Superb organizational, problem-solving, and customer service skills. ● Ability to organize and lead projects requiring integration of efforts across many internal and external entities. ● Excellent written and verbal communication skills. ● Experience in the areas of compliance and regulation. ● Capable of working with tight deadlines. ● Demonstrated faculty support skills, the ability to work effectively across departments, and the ability to meet multiple deadlines timely.
Preferred Qualifications: ● Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as social sciences, education, health, with progressive experience working in sponsored research administration. ● Member of a national Sponsored Project Administration Professional Society such as the: National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) or Research Administrators International (SRA International) ● Advanced training and/or certification in research development or sponsored-research administration such as Research Administrators Certification Council (Certified Research Administrator Certification) and/or CPRA, CFRA. ● Understanding of pre and post award technologies such as Infoed and Cayuse. ● Has familiarity with professional development opportunities for the staff. ● Understanding of pre and post award technologies such as Infoed and Cayus
Internal Number: 507869
About Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation's best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.