Research and Sponsored Programs - Executive Director

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. The Executive Director provides leadership and oversight to the Office of Sponsored Programs and reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and Sponsored Research.

Bradley University is a distinctive, medium-size, comprehensive private institution of higher learning. U.S .News & World Report recognized Bradley as the top Illinois University of its type and sixth among comprehensive universities in the Midwest providing a full range of undergraduate and master's programs. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with over 130 programs in five colleges, plus a graduate school) with the quality, personal attention, and commitment to learning of a small private college. For additional information about the University visit

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all pre-award extramural grant and contract activity including but not limited to:

1. Identifying funding opportunities for teaching and research

2. Working with faculty and staff to take advantage of these opportunities

a. Assisting in proposal writing and editing

b. Providing pre-proposal services including budget development, proposal

    editing and review, and proposal submission

c. Developing and conducting workshops for proposal writing

d. Developing data bases of faculty interests so that funding opportunities     

    can be forwarded to faculty as appropriate

3. Working closely with the Controller’s office on developing proposal budgets

     and assisting as needed on post award activities.

In addition the Executive Director will:

1. Serve as point of contact to funding agencies or assist faculty in contacting

     program officers, etc.

2. Develop a library of funding sources including such sources as research

    foundations, commodity groups, private companies, and Federal, State and local


3. Develop a database of faculty and staff interests to keep faculty abreast of funding

     potentials directly related to their interests.

4. Assist in writing institutional based proposals to support graduate

    programs, graduate students, Centers, and educational programs.

5. Track grant proposals and collect and share data with deans and the provost.

The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and be able to work with and encourage faculty in their efforts to find funding to support their teaching, research and creative activities. An ability to work with all segments of the university from the STEM areas to the Humanities and Social Sciences is required.  Other qualifications include excellent communication skills both written and verbal, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, knowledge of, and eRA Commons as well as working knowledge of other funding opportunities such as NEH, NEA and the Ford Foundation.

Candidates will have a Master’s degree or higher and experience in grants and contract administration.  Experience in working with faculty and staff in higher education is, while not a requirement, desired. Membership or experience with professional organizations such as SRA International, NCURA or the Federal Demonstration Partnership will be considered positively.

To apply, provide a letter of interest addressing how the applicants qualifications and experiences directly addresses the requirements of the position, a curriculum vita and complete contact information for five professional references (References will not be contacted without permission of the candidate). Submit applications electronically to Dr. Jeff Bakken, Dean of the Graduate School and Sponsored Research,

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Full consideration will be given to all applications received by March 8, 2013.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.

Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.