Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The Director of ORSP serves as UW-Stout’s lead research administrator of extramural and intramural research funds. The Director also is responsible for research compliance and administration of University contracts and non-purchasing agreements. The Director is a leader with strategic vision and strong supervisory skills necessary to guide a dynamic office to support UW-Stout’s polytechnic mission and strategic priorities. The Director is a full-time annual appointment. The anticipated start date for this position is June 2019.


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three or more years of demonstrated leadership experience in higher-education grants management, ethical conduct of research, or similar functions
  • Demonstrated experience managing the development and submission of extramural and intramural grants, a strong understanding of state and federal regulations and grant networks, and experience with post-awards processing
  • Senior-level management experience related to grants management and proven experience as an effective team leader

Highly Desired

  • Master’s degree; Terminal degree preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Deep intellectual curiosity
  • Strong working knowledge of relevant state and federal research rules, including uniform guidance, code of federal regulations
  • Demonstrated success working effectively with faculty and senior campus leadership, as well as a broad range of other internal and external stakeholders
  • Academic experiences with culturally diverse populations


Grants and Contracts Administration

  • Lead and coordinate institutional efforts to secure external funding;
  • Coordinate intramural, institutional, state and federal grant-seeking efforts of faculty other staff;
  • Supervise UW-Stout’s portfolio of pre-award grants and contracts and post-award grants and contracts to ensure compliance;
  • Supervise navigation of funded programs through pre-award process and post-awards activities, and
  • Supervise student research funding awarding and dissemination efforts.

Research Policy and Compliance Management

  • Guide and/or participate in the development of research policies and procedures;
  • Interpret research policy for faculty, staff, administrators, and other University stakeholders;
  • Supervise staff responsible for the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and other research ethics and compliance activities; and
  • Manage campus conflict-of-interest reporting procedures, and other research compliance processes and reports.

Office Operations and Management

  • Supervise the staffing, budgets, and operations of ORSP; and
  • Coordinate communications and operations with other relevant units on campus.


UW-Stout has consolidated its comprehensive research administration efforts in ORSP, a unit within the UW-Stout Discovery Center. The Discovery Center reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and is charged with advancing UW-Stout's polytechnic focus on applied research by expanding the university's commitment to quality and innovation, transformative education and interdisciplinary collaboration.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by March 10, 2019. Applications may continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

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