Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs (8684)

  • Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Nov 20, 2019
Full time Executive Management Research

Job Description

Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs (JID 8684)

Administrator III

CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

About the University

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor's degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.


As a direct report to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research, the Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs (AVPRSP) leads and manages the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The AVPRSP oversees all University policies and procedures relating to research, including external grant and contract proposal development, grant and contract administration; research and regulatory compliance; internal research award programs; intellectual property issues; technology transfer; and economic development. The AVPRSP has principal responsibility to lead, stimulate, and nurture the culture of and capacity for knowledge creation and discovery and is expected to find and encourage new funding opportunities for faculty that are consistent with the mission of the University. The AVPRSP will facilitate the establishment of multidisciplinary teams pursuing and supporting funding opportunities. The successful candidate will work to develop and implement a process for translating research results to commercial products. The AVPRSP provides leadership in increasing total research funding and expanding the University's reputation as a premier innovation center in the region. The AVPRSP serves as University liaison to external public and private grant and contract funding agencies, and seeks and manages externally funded University-wide projects as appropriate. The AVPRSP provides leadership in developing institution-wide projects focused on promoting student success, and identifying appropriate funding sources. The AVPRSP initiates and implements special projects at the request of the Provost; performs other duties as assigned.


Earned doctorate from an accredited university. Qualification for a faculty appointment at an advanced rank within one of the departments of the University. Significant administrative experience leading a sponsored programs office in

• a university, industry or government environment and experience at an institution of higher education, in both pre-and post-award is desirable. The ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies, and a proven record of promoting research and research partnerships is required. Experience in leadership building and strong interpersonal skills including conflict resolution is preferred. Extensive knowledge about federal and state funding opportunities and trends, national and international research organizations, faculty fellowship programs, institutional partnerships, and research collaborations. Extensive knowledge about university research environments and infrastructure, current trends in technology transfer, and current federal and state research compliance regulations, policies, and practices. Proven ability to promote a working environment that rewards new ideas and innovation, builds collaborations, encourages teamwork, and promotes diversity. A record of scholarly, creative, applied and/or professional accomplishments; university teaching experience desirable. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others including building multidisciplinary research teams. Effective written and oral communications skills. Record of successfully planning, managing budgets, and administering significant grants and contracts.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

Application Period

Applications received through December 27, 2019, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Effective Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.

How To Apply

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing: link. NOTE: Internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources/Employee pagelet.

For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:

Background Check

This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.


The person holding this position will be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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