Director, Office for Research and Sponsored Projects

Job Type

Full Time




1 Loyola Marymount University Drive
Los Angeles
United States


Loyola Marymount University seeks a Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) to lead the central administrative unit responsible for encouraging and facilitating external grant and contract funding at the University.  Building on existing strengths and joining a collective effort to support the advancement of research and extramural funding opportunities, the Director of ORSP will oversee the proposal development and application process, lead institutional review of awards and contracts, and work with other university administrators to develop and implement funded research policy.


Reporting to the Associate Provost for Research and Professional Development, the Director will: 1) provide leadership within the ORSP team and office workflow, 2) support the LMU community in identifying sources of external support and submission of proposals, 3) develop and implement a strategic plan for ORSP that will increase the success of external funding, 4) ensure compliance with all University and sponsor requirements, 5) liaison with offices across campus on funding initiatives and support, 6) ensure that the ORSP office remains knowledgeable and current on changing requirements of major funding agencies and programs and federal regulatory requirements governing sponsored research, and 7) develop cooperative contacts within the University and community leaders to promote collaborative interdisciplinary and interdepartmental projects. This is a twelve-month, non-faculty campus leadership position.


Qualifications and Application


LMU’s Director of Office of Research and Sponsored Projects will undertake managerial responsibilities including staff and budget oversight. By displaying a strong work ethic and an ability to inspire others, the Director will act in the best interests of LMU’s students, faculty, the institution, and its mission. Thus, collegiality and strong interpersonal skills are absolutely necessary to contribute to and lead in this important work. Highly developed organizational skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse team of professionals are also essential. Qualified candidates should be familiar with LMU’s mission, vision, and values, and possess knowledge of issues that impact higher education, including diversity and multiculturalism.


To serve as Director, typically a Ph.D degree is required. Demonstrated knowledge of sponsored projects, experience in writing and submitting successful proposals, expertise in utilizing electronic tools for preparing, submitting and managing applications and awards, and identification of appropriate sources of funding support is required. Strong candidates will exhibit exemplary communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff. Five or more years of experience in in university sponsored projects is strongly preferred, as is experience in staff and budget management. Certification as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Pre-award Research Administrator (CPRA) is also highly desired.


For full consideration, applicants should submit the following items: 1) a current and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, and 2) a cover letter that outlines relevant qualifications and vision for the position and its responsibilities. Applications must be submitted to (reference # 0180133). A review of complete applications will begin August 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Semifinalists may be asked to submit additional application materials related to the responsibilities of the position. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with background and experience.


Loyola Marymount University


Loyola Marymount University, one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, serves 6,400 undergraduates and 3,300 graduate students in the Colleges/Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Communication and Fine Arts, Film and Television, Education, Business Administration, and Law. LMU is one of the most diverse independent universities in the West. Located on the west side of Los Angeles, LMU is adjacent to the world’s third largest tech hub, including corporate offices of many “Silicon Beach” technology and media giants (e.g., Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, YouTube, BuzzFeed, Electronic Arts, and 500+ tech start-ups). Loyola Marymount University, a comprehensive university in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks professionally outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence, the education of the whole person, and building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity institution actively working to promote an intercultural learning community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. (Visit for more information).



Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Doctorate (PhD)

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