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Associate Vice President of Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - Administrator III

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: East Bay
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research

Salary and Benefits

The salary range will be from $145,000 - $165,000 per year.

This position is a Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position in the CSU, and serves at the pleasure of the President.

The CSU enjoys a generous benefits program with employer paid life insurance ($100,000), as well as health, dental, and vision insurance with the monthly premium largely paid by the CSU. Additionally, we offer a broad range of other benefits which includes dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, tuition fee waiver, 401k, 457 and 403(b) plans.

The CSU belongs to the CalPERS retirement plan in which medical and dental insurance continues in qualified retirement.

The CSU has 14 paid holidays and the position earns 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year.

For more information on the benefits program, please visit

About Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). With an enrollment over 15,800 students, Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability. 

About the Position

The Associate Vice-President of Research and Sponsored Programs (AVP of ORSP) is charged with: (a) providing university-wide leadership and vision that promotes, builds, and facilitates institutional efforts to create and support a campus culture that prioritizes, supports, and values research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA) and student success, and in so doing advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; (b) offering guidance, information, and technical assistance to faculty engaged in externally funded research, instruction, community service, and other scholarly activities; (c) cultivating and fostering a culture to seek, obtain, and effectively make use of external RSCA funding amongst faculty, students, and the broader university community; (d) ensuring accountability, compliance, and stewardship for the effective administration of grants and contracts; and (e) liaising and collaborating with other divisions and administrative units to ensure that issues of institutional capacity, compliance, accountability, and infrastructure requirements are appropriately addressed, and to support attainment and maintenance of grant-funded software, equipment, space, or special facilities for RSCA. 


Fostering Campus Research Climate and Culture

To fulfill the university mission, the AVP of ORSP fosters a campus climate and culture where research, scholarship, and creative activities are prioritized, valued, and supported across administrative units.

Some examples of specific responsibilities in this area include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading the development and improvement of campus-wide infrastructure and policies to support RSCA.
  • Working with the staff of ORSP, the Committee on Research (CR), and other appropriate campus entities to develop and execute a campus-wide mission plan and set of goals related to RSCA activities.
  • Growing and cultivating ORSP staff and resources.
  • Leading discussions and fostering collaborations regarding RSCA in all disciplines by promoting seminars, symposia, workshops, and/or competitions.
  • Facilitating the cultivation, maintenance, and iterative improvement of student research opportunities led by the Director of the Center for Student Research (CSR).
  • Fostering and monitoring the creation and growth of university research centers and institutes.
  • Liaising and collaborating with other divisions and administrative units to improve operational excellence, communication, and coordination in university operations related to administration and execution of RSCA.
  • Working with the staff of ORSP, CR, and other appropriate campus entities to develop, support, and manage internal RSCA funding opportunities.

Cultivating and Supporting External Funding Efforts

The AVP of ORSP builds campus-wide support and leads initiatives, discussions and efforts to create, sustain, and expand the role of externally-funded research as part of the institution’s overall mission.

Some examples of specific responsibilities in this area include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading the efforts to seek and develop institutional grants.
  • Assisting in the establishment of new CSU, UC, and other community partnerships and collaborations.
  • Working to improve and build campus-wide infrastructure and policies to support RSCA grants at all levels.
  • Cultivating, maintaining, promoting, and iteratively improving a culture to seek, obtain, and execute external RSCA funding amongst faculty, students, and the broader university community.
  • Working with the staff of ORSP, the CR, and other appropriate campus entities to craft and disseminate communications related to securing and managing externally funded RSCA.
  • Liaising and collaborating with the Office of University Advancement on the development and stewardship of grants and other externally funded programs through the entire grant life cycle. 

Research and Sponsored Programs Administration

The AVP of ORSP seeks to maximize campus-wide opportunities to secure grants and contracts, and sets the direction, and oversees the work of ORSP. This includes ensuring that faculty are supported through the grant life cycle and that grants and contracts are processed in a timely fashion with the utmost attention paid to detail, accuracy of work, and compliance with all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.

Some examples of specific responsibilities in this area include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the institution’s authorized organizational representative (AOR).
  • Leading the Director of Compliance and Standards in the review of grants at all cycles of review for potential issues and/or liabilities.
  • Collaborating with the Office of University Advancement on the identification, management, and review of awards (both potential and actual) administered by ORSP.
  • Executing fiscal responsibility for ORSP funds.
  • Liaising and collaborating with the Offices of Risk Management (and other relevant campus offices) on RSCA relevant audits.

Required Qualifications

  • Have an interdisciplinary approach to RSCA oversight.
  • Prior experience and success overseeing multidisciplinary RSCA programs.
  • Knowledgeable about RSCA best practices and student engagement in RSCA as a high-impact practice.
  • Knowledge of the research life cycle and faculty needs in a university setting.
  • Commitment to building, advancing and supporting a world-class research enterprise.
  • Prior experience and success submitting for and administering grant-funded research.
  • Ability to manage and administer policies and procedures related to compliance and ethical and responsible conduct of research.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve issues raised in research-related enforcement inspections and/or governmental audits.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to support diverse groups of RSCA faculty and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a diverse group of office staff.
  • Familiarity with teaching-intensive universities and the unique challenges such universities pose for RSCA faculty and students.
  • Ability to lead, manage, and monitor progress by setting measurable goals and objectives aligned with the institutional mission and motivating and influencing others to achieve the targets set by the goals and objectives.
  • Expert skills in organizational management, supervision, systems planning, and project management within a changing institutional environment.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish trust and credibility, and to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in the applicant’s respective discipline from an accredited institution
  • Previous experience with research administration at a university or research institution
  • Previous and significant research experience as a principal investigator
  • Knowledge and experience in research compliance requirements and management
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Effective leadership and management skills and abilities  

Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment.  Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Other Information

Faculty applicants, currently holding a tenured position at their institution, will receive consideration for retreat rights with tenure.

For a full application package, please include a cover letter, CV, and list of five references.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be emailed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates:

Betty Turner Asher, Vice President & Managing Partner-

Shelley Sullivan Feather, Senior Executive Search Consultant & Library Practice Leader -

Initial screening of applications will begin on June 10, 2021.

All California State University campuses, including Cal State East Bay, are smoke and tobacco-free.  For more information, please visit our website at

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Cal State East Bay Annual Campus Security Report is available at:

At Cal State East Bay, the following nine competencies have been identified as valued leadership qualities:  Communication, Cooperation, Delegation, Empathy, Feedback, Innovation, Leadership Presence, Passion and Strategic Ability.  While we may not expect our managers to exhibit all of these competencies, we do expect them to aspire to develop them.  As part of the annual evaluation review process, the Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs will be evaluated on each.


Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions.

Mandated Reporter

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

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