Hope College — Director of Sponsored Research

The Director of Sponsored Research is the institutional grants officer and authorized official for submission of all faculty-driven federal, state, and private grants. This position serves as the pre-award and (non-financial) post-award administrator for external grants, federal compliance officer, and institutional liaison with funding agencies. The position also assists faculty in the development of grant budgets and proposals, serves as an internal liaison on grant-related matters, develops policies and processes for grant submission and administration, and maintains institutional data on grant funding. The Director of Sponsored Research reports to the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship.

Major Responsibilities

  • Serves as the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) to submit proposals and to accept and approve grants, subawards, agreements, amendments, and contracts as the College’s authorized signing official
  • Guides and assists faculty and administration to identify appropriate funding sources
  • Assists with development and approves final proposed budgets, assuring they meet institutional requirements
  • Assists in the review and submission of external grant proposals
  • Develops and maintains a grants management information system used in preparing administrative reports and grant archival
  • Consults with senior administrators regarding all grant activity requiring institutional resources
  • Serves as a post-award liaison between the grant recipient and funding agency
  • Collaborates and/or coordinates institutional grant efforts with the office of Corporate and Foundations Relations when appropriate
  • Maintains familiarity with and knowledge of program solicitations, federal regulations, and compliance requirements related to grant, and apprises relevant parties of new or revised requirements
  • Assures the institution is registered and in compliance to receive federal funding
  • Maintains membership with and attends sponsored research organizational meetings with CLASP, SRA, and ICO for continued education
  • Consults one-on-one with faculty for familiarity of their scholarly interests and external funding needs
  • Develops and delivers training workshops on proposal development to faculty and staff
  • Designs and maintains Office of Sponsored Research website
  • Serves on institutional committees as appropriate


  • Excellent organizational and management skills, ability to deal with multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel and Word) and willingness to learn other computer skills such as Google Docs and local software programs (Banner)
  • Competency with budgeting and basic financial records
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, tolerate ambiguity, and handle varying workloads
  • Experience in grants or research administration at a university, private research institution, hospital system, non-profit agency, or government agency is desirable, though not required
  • Familiarity with electronic research administration system (grants.gov, NSF fastlane, etc.) desired, though not required
  • Bachelors degree or higher

To apply, please visit https://hope.edu/employment/staff