Director of Grants and Research

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year around arts, cultural, and recreational events are easily accessible. UWRF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. The University is focused on three goals—Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; and Innovation and Partnerships—as part of its strategic plan: Pathways to Distinction. More information about UWRF can be found at:

The Position:  We are seeking to fill an Administrative Program Manager III position which has a working title of Director of Grants and Research.  This position reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Academic Affairs Directors group.  This position is a 12 month annual appointment. Compensation is based upon qualifications, including education and experience.

Specific Responsibilities:  Oversee daily operation of the Grants and Research Office, identifying and acquiring financial support from federal, state, and private sources and ensuring compliance with internal and external rules and regulations.  The Director of Grants and Research provides pre-award support and grant application coordination to the campus community engaging in proposal writing.  This individual will also assist in undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities (URSCA), IRB, and IACUC.  

Qualifications (Required)

  • A minimum of a Master's degree.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet strict guidelines and time frames.
  • Previous experience working in higher education with faculty, students, and staff.
  • Previous proposal writing experience.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets.
  • Knowledge of grant resources (COS, GRC, CUR).
  • Excellent customer service, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Experience supervising employees and/or graduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups, including executives, administrators, faculty, staff, and funding agency personnel.
  • Understanding of Human Subjects and Animal Welfare compliance.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of college students and employees.

To Apply:
Online applications are required and can be completed at

In addition to completing the required online application, candidates should submit through the online application site the following materials (Please do not submit materials to the Committee Chair or Human Resources.):

  • resume
  • cover letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
  • separate statement addressing ability to contribute to the university’s commitment to enhancing awareness and appreciation of inclusivity (diversity statement)
  • names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment on your work experience and professional preparation (references)

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Katrina Larsen
Outreach Programs

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.  Official transcripts will be required if hired.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline to Apply:     April 8, 2013

The university is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.  Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin.  All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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