Assistant Director for Research Development

Posting Date: September 11, 2019

Closing Date: Open until filled

William Paterson University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Research Development within the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and reports to the Director of Sponsored Programs.  


The incumbent will have primary responsibility for supporting the University’s efforts to foster a vibrant culture of research and sponsored projects. She or he will collaborate with faculty, staff and University leaders to support, encourage, and develop high quality grant proposals and contract bids for research, instructional improvement, expert consulting and other academic, creative and service activities for submission to government agencies, public charities, professional associations, and commercial sponsors.


Department Overview:

The Office of Sponsored Programs provides value-added assistance to encourage, develop and support the research, scholarship, education, creative, and community service aspirations of William Paterson University's faculty, staff and students.

The department focuses on three broad areas:

  • Pre-Award Services Administration
  • Post-Award Services Administration
  • Non-Financial Compliance


For more information about us, please visit Office of Sponsored Programs

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a catalyst for effective project and research development by providing a combination of proactive and reactive strategies to engage faculty, staff and administrators to:
    • Develop their research, service, creative expression, student support or other professional and/or University agenda, goals and projects.
    • Identify, evaluate and select appropriate funding opportunities.
    • Establish effective internal and external collaborations.
    • Build project development and proposal writing skills.


  • Providing and coordinating a variety of training opportunities to strengthen the capacity of prospective applicants to develop high quality proposals for high impact projects.


  • Developing and maintaining a “knowledge base” of faculty, staff and University interests to assist in the effective identification, distribution and selection of funding opportunities and the development of collaborations.


  • Initiating, recruiting and supporting teams for projects and proposals that are strategically important to the University.


  • Serving as a liaison to sponsors and related agencies by establishing professional contacts with program officers, attending technical assistance sessions, and obtaining information on trends, opportunities and changes related to funding opportunity.


  • Facilitating the development of the strategy and content of proposals through planning and writing to insure accuracy, completeness, and thoroughness.


  • Facilitating the creation, development or expansion of projects and programs through the consideration of mission, goals, staffing, budget, management, facility, community engagement, and related issues.


  • Developing and facilitating the use of consultants to provide support for agenda and project development, proposal writing, and proposal review.


  • Preparing budgets, budget narratives, and other support materials for proposals.


  • Coordinating sub recipient management, compliance review, and proposal completion, review and submission with the Assistant Director for Pre-Award Administration.


  • Represents the department at meetings, conferences, and events.


  • Supervising graduate and undergraduate student assistants.


  • Supervising OSP staff in the absence of the Director and other duties as assigned.




Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher that includes research-based activity.
  • At least three years of experience developing and writing proposals for supporting sponsored research and projects.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining grants or other support for research, student support or related projects; college or university experience preferred.
  • Experience with proposal and project assessment or review.
  • Demonstrated experience in collecting and analyzing data.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, and institutional management systems.
  • Demonstrated success in designing, creating and presenting high quality educational resources.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and organizational skills.
  • Strong platform and presentation skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience preferred.


Personal Attributes:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively express and explain in written and verbal formats.
  • Capable of organizing others in a way that inspires trust and motivates groups to a common goal.
  • Demonstrated interest in learning and implementing new ideas, methods, and technologies.
  • Capacity to fulfill professional responsibilities with a strong sense of moral and ethical duty.


Invitation to apply:

Please click to apply for the position.

Interested candidates will be prompted to:

  • Complete an application
  • Submit a cover letter & CV
  • Provide names/contacts of three professional references


Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration. Please email should you have any general questions related to this search.


About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City. 

The Clery Act (The Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the University Police Department website at the Clery Act page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the University Police Department upon request.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.