The AVPSP directs the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), providing mission-critical services in support of the research enterprise at Northern Arizona University. The AVPSP should be a dynamic leader and accomplished administrator with significant and productive experiences in leading and managing an organization that is responsible for reviewing and approving research proposals on behalf of NAU and submitting to sponsoring agencies, and for management of externally sponsored research awards. The AVPSP is a key member of the senior leadership team of the Research Division. The AVPSP will work collaboratively and in partnership with faculty, department chairs, college and school deans, administrative officers, the Vice President for Research (VPR), and other members of the VPR's leadership team to provide strategic leadership of NAU's sponsored research activities.
The OSP manages a significant volume of financial activities: In fiscal year 2017, NAU was ranked 201st in the NSF Herd survey for Research Expenditures. Additionally, there has been growth of 11% in average Research Expenditures over the past 5 years. NAU's faculty and PI's seek out and receive funding for all mission critical areas, e.g., research (basic, applied, translational and clinical), public service, training, instruction and instructional development, etc., and the successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of these types of programs.
The AVPSP will: Continue with the building and leading of a high-capacity sponsored projects infrastructure centrally and across the NAU research enterprise. Ensure that all research administration operations are compliant with university, state and federal regulations, policies and laws that govern externally-sponsored research. Establish a program of outreach to build strong relationships and work closely with faculty, colleges and departments, building strong relationships to facilitate research efforts and resolve problems. Manage Human Resource activities for the OSP regarding recruiting and selection, hiring, training, development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluation, and salary planning. Ensure timely submission of sponsored project applications and execution of awards. Serve as the expert and final arbiter for interpreting, explaining and applying external sponsors' research regulations and NAU policies to Principal Investigators and the research community. Establish credibility with NAU’s academic community when interpreting and applying federal, state and NAU policies as they apply to sponsored projects. Ensure all reporting for sponsored projects is accurate and submitted in a timely manner. Participate in the development of the institutional F&A cost proposal and negotiation of the F&A rate. Proactively engage with colleagues at other leading research universities or at national organizations to advocate for NAU's researchers, respond to compliance changes, etc.
NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Bachelor's degree plus ten (10) years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in both pre- and post-award research administration, with at least 5 of those years in a supervisory capacity.
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