Director, Office of Research and Project Administration
March 7, 2018
Princeton, New Jersey
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Princeton University (www.princeton.edu) seeks a visionary leader and accomplished subject-matter expert who will direct the Office of Research and Project Administration in supporting and stewarding the University’s research activities with a commitment to service and technical excellence that also sustains institutional compliance. The Director reports to Pablo Debenedetti, Dean for Research, Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering & Applied Science, and Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering.
The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) provides services, support, and guidance to researchers and departmental administrators on sponsored research and project administration. In support of research funding and compliance, ORPA offers a wide range of services including review and approval of proposal submissions; grant and contract award negotiation and acceptance; sponsor liaison on award issues; subaward and consulting agreements; property management; export-control management; the pre-award grants-management system (currently Coeus); PeopleSoft Financials award and subaward management; and education, training, and outreach for faculty and staff. ORPA’s experienced staff of 18 grant and contract administrators, sub-award administrators, grant specialists, electronic research administrators, and an export-control administrator has broad knowledge of both University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures. ORPA staff work with faculty to ensure that submitted proposals are of the highest quality and are compliant with sponsor and University guidelines.
The ORPA Director manages and supervises the administration of externally sponsored grants and contracts for a research portfolio of 1,433 sponsored research projects, with 82% of the funding coming from government sources, 11% from foundations, 5% from industry, and 2% from other sources. In fiscal year 2017, research expenditures for Princeton’s vibrant research enterprise totaled $215.2 million.
Princeton is seeking a successful leader with a demonstrated track record of serving faculty and delivering effective and efficient research-support services in a complex university, research institute, or funding agency environment. The Director will have strong management and leadership skills and proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and both private and public sponsoring agencies. S/he will be able to articulate and implement a vision for ORPA that meets Princeton’s high standards for effective administration. The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of relevant, sponsored program administration experience with experience in higher education or other non-profit, research-based organizations. Department of Defense and other government contracting, fiscal administration, including management and supervision of grants administration teams is required along with a deep knowledge of federal sponsor regulations, proposal requirements, and the ability to manage the use of electronic proposal submission systems along with excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Princeton University has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Katie Dean, Associate Partner, are leading the search with the support of Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations may be sent to Katie Dean (email@example.com) or Thomas Lapierre (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Princeton conducts comprehensive pre-employment background screening on final candidates.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.
About Princeton University
Princeton University (www.princeton.edu) is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation’s service and the service of humanity. An independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution, it advances learning through scholarship, research, and teaching of unsurpassed quality, with an emphasis on undergraduate and doctoral education that is distinctive among the world’s great universities, and with a pervasive commitment to serve the nation and the world. The University’s defining characteristics and aspirations include: a focus on the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and engineering, with world-class excellence across all of its departments; a human scale that nurtures a strong sense of community, invites high levels of engagement, and fosters personal communication; a commitment to welcome, support, and engage students, faculty, and staff with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, and to encourage all members of the