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Senior Director, Research and Sponsored Programs (Administrator III), Academic Affairs

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Job Summary:

The Senior Director, Office of Sponsored Programs is responsible for the following main functions: overseeing all operational aspects of the pre-award services and compliance, in collaboration with Director of SPA ensuring pre- and post- award compliance with federal and state policies and regulations, maintaining RSP website and a pre- & post-award newsletter, & in collaboration with Director of SPA providing direction and cross-training of the pre- and post- award support personnel and student assistants.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing direction and overall supervision to staff in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP/"preaward") who assist Principal Investigators with  review of funding guidelines, budget development, proposal preparation and timely submission of complete and accurate proposals.
  • Providing direction and overall supervision of the Office of Research Compliance (ORC)/Research Compliance Specialist in IRB, JACUC, Conflict of Interest, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), and other compliance matters.
  • Reviewing and negotiating extramural awards, and related bilateral agreements which include,  program income agreements, MOUs, NDAs, match agreements, etc.
  • Managing and overseeing the maintenance of the database on proposal submissions and awards, and preparing the sponsored program reports for both internal and external use.
  • Managing and overseeing the maintenance of the campus review and proposal approval and routing process via Cayuse, as well as ensuring appropriate training is provided to all campus relevant constituencies.
  • Working closely with the Office of Research Development on identifying funding opportunities, developing grant proposals and the ORD programs and activities.
  • Implementing educational training programs, workshops, seminars and special projects on campus, related to grant and contract preparation, processing and submission, and administration.
  • Ensuring staff are provided opportunities for staff development and career advancement.
  • Regularly reviewing campus policies and procedures to ensure compliance with most current regulations.
  • Updating/making current, various internal forms, documentations and registrations
  • Reviewing pre- and post-award processes for efficiencies in workflow.
  • Maintain Sponsored Research and Projects website and newsletter.
  • Collaborate and support Associate Provost for Research and  overall Academic Research Activities.

Minimum Qualifications: Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree and 7 or more years of experience related to grant proposal submission and administration of grants and contracts.
  • At least 5 years experience in proposal preparation and submission process.

Required Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in budget development for proposals.
  • working knowledge of uniform guidance.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and issues.
  • Extensive experience in proposal development, review and submission.
  • Familiarity with government and private submission processes and systems (i.e., Fastlane).
  • Extensive experience in contract review and negotiation.
  • Extensive experience in grant proposal budget development and budget management.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate Degree; 7 years progressive experience and leadership in a research administration office at a university.
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certificate


Compensation and Benefits:

Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,563 - $13,334 per month

Classification Salary Range: $6,563 - $21,066 per month

The salary offered will take into account internal equity and experience among other factors.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Position Information:

Work status: Full-time/Exempt/At-will

Academic year schedule: Monday through Friday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm), some evenings/weekends.

Summer schedule: Monday through Thursday (7:00 am - 5:30 pm), some evenings/weekends.           

This is a full-time management (MPP) position.  MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President.  MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The scope of responsibilities for this position includes making or participating in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the individual holding this position is required to file an initial Conflict of Interest: Statement of Economic Interests ("Form 700") within thirty (30 days) from the date of hire and on an annual basis. In addition, the individual holding this position must complete the required conflict of interest training within thirty (30) days of their appointment and at least once during each consecutive period of two (2) calendar years following the appointment, subject to the Fair Political Practices Commission regulations.

MPP: First considerations will be given to candidates who apply by June 9, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

California State University, San Bernardino in not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).


Conditions of Employment

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Drivers License Check

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required.  Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Mandated Reporter

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


CSUSB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. We welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. We will create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.

California State University, San Bernardino is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, hire, train, and administer all personnel actions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, caste, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected military or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096) For more information about Diversity & Inclusion at CSUSB, please visit


Closing Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact CSUSB Benefits at


CSUSB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.  See policy at

Clery Act

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State San Bernardino Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

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