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Executive Director of Sponsored Project Services

Job no: 523508
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Sponsored Projects Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA12-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
March 4, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
The University of Oregon has engaged Opus Partners ( to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Katie

Department Summary
The University of Oregon (UO), located on a beautiful, 295-acre campus featuring state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting, is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service, the UO works at a human scale to generate big ideas. UO strives for excellence in teaching, research, artistic expression, and the generation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge. UO is devoted to educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community. Through these pursuits, the University enhances the social, cultural, physical, and economic wellbeing of the students, Oregon, the nation, and the world.

UO holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Currently experiencing a rapid phase of growth in its sponsored research portfolio, UO has more than 1000 active grants and has doubled its research funding over the last twenty years to a total of nearly $125 million in sponsored projects. In 2017, the UO received a very generous $500M gift to launch the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, which will further increase the scope and magnitude of research and innovation activities across campus.

Position Summary
The University of Oregon invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of Sponsored Projects Services.  The Executive Director will guide the Office of Sponsored Projects Services to maintain, facilitate, and support the expanding research activities at the University of Oregon.

The Executive Director of Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation and leads a unit of 25 employees who provide all pre-award and post-award administration of grants and contracts for all sponsored projects at UO. They are responsible for building and leading a high functioning, service-oriented unit that supports Principal Investigator (PI) engagement in sponsored projects while ensuring institutional compliance with federal, state, and university policies. The ED of SPS and has signature authority for most grants and contracts and budget authority for SPS and also represents the interests of the UO on national research administration policy advisory groups and participate in national professional organizations that deal with the administration of research.

Minimum Requirements
• Ten years of experience in the field of research administration with demonstrated experience in working with a broad range of federal and non-federal sponsors.
• Bachelor's degree.
• Progressive experience in leading and managing professional and administrative staffs including at least three years of supervisory work in a grants or financial administrative setting in an institution of higher education or relevant research-related entity.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and efficiently for technical and non-technical audiences.
• Excellent oral communication skills, including but not limited to excellent training, presentation skills, 1-1 communication, and group facilitation.
• Ability to supervise, mentor, grow, and train staff in a team-oriented environment.
• Ability to engage with diverse populations, including faculty across a broad range of disciplines, university staff, and sponsoring agencies.
• Commitment to advancing the university goal of creating a facilitative environment for faculty research and sponsored programs while navigating an increasingly complex research administration environment.
• High level of technical expertise and proven experience in a broad range of research administration areas, including but not limited to in-depth knowledge of federal regulatory frameworks governing grants and contracts, contract and subcontract negotiations, pre-award and post-award research finance administration, and audits.
• Experience in establishing and managing grants and contracts procedures and systems across the “lifecycle” of sponsored programs in a higher education research environment or at a funding agency.
• Experience with enterprise and sponsor research administration systems, including and, and an interest in advancing the operations of the office through the use of systems and technology.

Preferred Qualifications
• Significant experience working in a research-intensive institution of higher education.
• Advanced degree in law, business or public administration, finance, or accounting.
• Experience in a team-based setting.
• Experience with BANNER or another similar administration system.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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