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University of Arkansas

Associate Director of Pre-Award Sponsored Programs



$75,000.00 - $85,000.00


Full Time

On Site


Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

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Type of Position:

Professional Staff - Project/Program Administration

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:


Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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OSP | Office of Sponsored Programs

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Associate Director of Pre-Award Sponsored Programs (AD) provides leadership and oversight of sponsored programs in alignment with the University of Arkansas’ mission and strategic plan under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Senior Director of Sponsored Programs. The Associate Director of Pre-Award Sponsored Programs directs and oversees all proposal submissions to federal, state, foundation, and industry of sponsors. The AD trains and supervises professional staff responsible for the pre-award administration of sponsored programs, assists in advising and training university staff regarding the roles and responsibilities of the pre-award research administration of sponsored programs, and develops processes and procedures to ensure compliance with institutional and sponsor policy. This position also maintains up-to-date tools, resources, and documentation in the area of proposal submission.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education

  • At least five years of experience in sponsored research administration

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and/or PhD or professional terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education

  • At least two years of relevant supervisory experience

  • Advanced training and/or certification in research development or sponsored-research administration

  • Experience and working knowledge of grant administration, pre-award and post-award, including federal and state regulations

  • Experience and a solid understanding of the role of grants in higher education

  • Experience and proficiency in computer programs relevant to the work, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and programs related to grant development and submission, internet-based and otherwise

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, in both oral and written format

  • Ability to simultaneously and successfully, manage multiple projects and initiatives

  • Ability to supervise, coach, and develop supervised personnel

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of constituents, both internal and external

  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends for the purpose of meeting deadlines and cultivating grant opportunities

Salary Information:

$75,000 - $85,000 (commensurate with education and experience)

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Julia Menke,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site [Register to View]

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding

Frequent Physical Activity:

Hearing, Repetitive Motion, Talking

Occasional Physical Activity:


Benefits Eligible: