Director, Sponsored Programs Administration & Research Compliance

Drake University

Education-Teaching/Admin | Full Time | Onsite | Des Moines

Posted: 1/30/24

Job Description

Department Summary:

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration & Research Compliance (SPARC) plays an important role at Drake University, providing our faculty, staff, and students with comprehensive guidance and support as they pursue and conduct research and scholarly activities.

SPARC works collaboratively with Drake University’s research community and provides the highest-quality customer service and technical expertise in five primary areas: Pre-Award, Post-Award, Research Compliance, Technology Transfer, and Training.

To learn more about SPARC, visit:

Job Summary:

The Director will be an innovative, forward-thinking leader who can bring their ideas and perspectives to this vital office. Reporting to the Deputy Provost of Academic Affairs, the SPARC Director is responsible for directing the University’s efforts in grant development and procurement, grant management and oversight, and strategic planning and partnerships.

Candidates holding tenured faculty positions are encouraged to apply. Consideration for tenure and dual appointment within one of Drake University’s academic units will be reviewed by the subject academic unit and the Provost consistent with the institution’s needs and the qualifications of the candidate.

The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Access a detailed position profile at:

Deadline to Apply 3/15/24


2507 University Avenue

Essential Job Functions

Core Responsibilities:

20% - Lead, design and oversee the execution of a university-wide public and private grants program in keeping with the needs, priorities, and competencies of the institution and its faculty and staff. Efforts range from finding grant sources and informing appropriate individuals; collaborating on and overseeing the development and writing processes; and assisting with final grant production, presentation, approval. Work closely with College Dean’s in developing college wide extramural expectations. - (Essential)

15% - Provide oversight and faculty and staff support in grant and sponsored program activities to include contract and subcontract preparation, negotiation, and recommendation for acceptance. - (Essential)

10% - Research and interpret funding opportunities and requests for proposals from government agencies and foundations to determine appropriateness for the university; evaluate and recommend how best to respond. - (Essential)

10% - Gather background data, research laws and legal requirements as specified in OMB 2 CFR 200, and formulate policies affecting the university. Work with internal personnel to ensure effectiveness of policies and prepare for final approval. Distribute/communicate approved policies as required. - (Essential)

10% - Manage Sponsored Programs staff who coordinate pre- and post-award actions and oversee all post-award activities. University wide research compliance - (Essential)

10% - Communicate to the campus, colleagues, agency representatives and others benchmarks – success rate, submission rate, annual awards; represent the University with independent auditors, funding entities & other internal/external liaisons. - (Essential)

10% - Ensure compliance with Federal Research regulations related to human subjects protection and animal care and use. Develop policies and procedures to ensure operational compliance. - (Essential)

5% - Develops and conducts workshops, presentations and trainings on grant development, research regulations and technology transfer. - (Essential)

5% - Manages technology transfer efforts in order to assist faculty in intellectual property protection, product commercialization, and patent development. - (Essential)

5% - Serve as Drake Universities Research Integrity Officer to the Federal Office of Research Integrity. Perform other duties, as assigned. - (Essential)


Minimum Qualifications:

Our new Director will have:
• A Master’s degree.
• At least three years of experience in grant management, finance, clinical research, project management, or other relevant leadership or academic functions.
• Demonstrated collaborative spirit and ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
• Demonstrated track record of organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines.


At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are considering applying for this position with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide:

At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are exploring a job with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide, Drake Benefits Guide (Plan Year 2024), at:

One of our very popular policies provides a tuition waiver for Drake employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. Drake also participates in not one, but two tuition exchange programs available to dependent children. You can learn about both the tuition waiver policy and tuition exchange programs at:

About the Company

Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments.

Travel Required

Resume Required


Contact Person

Maureen De Armond

Deadline to Apply 3/15/24

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