Director of Sponsored Programs for the UT Institute of Agriculture (Knoxville, TN)
Regular Full-time, Market Range MR15
Overview and Mission:
The UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides effective and efficient pre-award support for externally funded research, extension and teaching activities while also remaining compliant. The Director of UTIA OSP reports to and directly supports the Dean of UT AgResearch by providing vision and strategic direction to achieve the mission. This position will stay abreast of policies and procedures pertaining to research administration and ensure that information is provided to UTIA faculty, staff and administrators. The incumbent will assume overall responsibility for UTIA's proposal development and award negotiation for externally funded grants and contracts.
The UTIA OSP provides individualized service in all aspects of proposal development and award negotiations for federal, state, and private funding. OSP helps ensure compliance with internal and external requirements within an atmosphere of professionalism and collaboration.
This is a full-time position providing overall leadership, direction, and management to optimize efficiency and productivity for UTIA's Office of Sponsored Programs. This position assigns and/or approves the assignment of work functions and analyzes the work structure to provide staff with the proper tools to manage their workload. Additionally, this position will inform, advise, and collaborate with the AgResearch Dean, other UTIA leadership and external partners to ensure alignment with federal, state and local laws, regulations, and mandates. Assessing the needs and developing policies and procedures to ensure and protect the interests of the Institute is also a responsibility of the Director.
The Director has delegated authority to negotiate and accept sponsored contracts and grants and signature authority on proposals. The Director may also represent the AgResearch Dean at meetings and on committees, as appropriate. Working with other institutes and university offices to streamline processes that affect OSP and working with other UT System campus research offices on common policies, procedures, practices, and Electronic Research Administrations System development is necessary.
Internal Number: 213726
About Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.