Director - Post Award Services - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States


Detailed Job Description

Under supervision of the Senior Director of Sponsored Programs, responsible for the operational management of the Office of Sponsored Programs post-award services, post-proposal submission services, and supports the mission, vision, and administrative imperative to develop and manage funding received from external grant and contract sources in support of the university. Responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating a comprehensive grant and contract oversight program for all departments across campus who receive funding from private and corporate foundation sources (where written proposals are expected and awards are contractual in nature), and from government and private contracts consistent with institutional sponsored program procedures and the Academic Affairs strategic plan.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline plus three years of staff level experience or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the Summary of Duties totaling seven years.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Master’s degree in a related field, plus 3 years of higher education grant administration and/or grant post-award management experience, including 1 year of responsible management or supervisory roles in the field of sponsored programs administration. Significant experience working with federal agencies and departments of government that award grants and contracts. Experience working with post-award grant and contract management preferred. Experience with research and research publication in higher education also preferred.

Certified Research Administrator, or Grant Professional Certified preferred.


Strong knowledge of government granting, contracting, and administration practices and procedures, legal compliance, federal grant & contract policy including Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance, state and private foundation funding practices and procedures, and ethical constraints related to grant and contract management. Knowledge of accounting practices at a university. Knowledge of computer database management systems, accounting software, and grant administration tools.


Exceptional interpersonal skills, poise, and professionalism. Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Strong problem solving and decision-making skills. Strong supervision and personnel management skills. Strong budget analysis and account management skills. Skills in developing, planning, implementing, and reporting short and long-range goals and accomplishments. Skill in grant writing, reporting, and continuous improvement process. Strong aptitude with standard office productivity software which include MS Office programs.


Ability to provide strong, effective leadership. Exceptional ability to analyze information, plan strategically, and make reliable projections. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies and collaborating organizations in a diverse community. Ability to write, evaluate, and establish procedures for effective sponsored program post-award administration at an institution of higher education. Ability to conduct a program audit internal and external departments and organizations in the use of government and private funding from grants, contracts, and sub-award contracts. Ability to direct and coordinate with faculty and staff in grant and contract evaluation, improvement measures, and reporting activities.

Pay Range

$52,848 to $70,463

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please list a minimum of three contacts. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process.

Keyword Phrases

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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