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Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs

Emory University

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted January 2, 2022.

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs

Job Number 80718

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Research Administration

Department Office of Sponsored Programs

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Research & Research Administration

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta

Discover Your Career at Emory University

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future.

We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community .


This position is located in the central Office of Sponsored Programs.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Sponsored Programs, assists in defining and directing the workflow for the pre-award grant and contract processes within the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).


  • Assists in the development and monitoring of OSP operational processes and procedures for pre-award research functions.
  • Assists OSP analysts, university customers and external agencies with questions and works to solve problems related to grant and contract proposals or awards.
  • Assists in the development of OSP operational processes and procedures for pre-award research functions.
  • Assists in managing, hiring, training and evaluating selected OSP staff.
  • Handles complex grant or contract proposals, negotiations or awards as needed.
  • Maintains limited departmental and contractual workload to assist with the OSP proposal/award volume and to keep current with day-to-day issues.
  • Reviews, signs and/or submits proposal and award documents.

    Identifies new regulations involving grants administration and assists in the preparation of compliance procedures resulting from new federal/state/institutional regulations or policies.

  • Identifies training needs for OSP analysts, University customers and departments and assists in the development and conduct of training sessions as required.
  • Creates or assists with the development of reports as needed.

    Promotes team-building and positive work attitude within the OSP office, and between OSP and other university research offices and departments.

  • Performs other related responsibilities as required.


Emory training this position requires within the employee’s first month of employment:

  • Employee will be trained using OSP’s standard on-boarding process.

    EPEX training to allow access will be needed in the first month.

  • Additional Emory training this position requires within the employee’s first six months of employment: Employee will be trained using OSP’s standard on-boarding process.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, applied science or related field and seven years of research administration experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Certified Research Administrator preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of pre-award research administration in an academic environment.
  • Previous management/supervisory experience required.


  • Prior central research administration office experience and managerial experience desired.
  • Employee will work two days in office and telecommute the other days.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University location as needed.

Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required.

For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran’s status.

Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law.

Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination.

Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.

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