Anthem Executive is leading the search for the Associate Vice President of Sponsored Programs Administration and Executive Director of the Augusta University Research Institute (AURI) for Augusta University.


Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Research, the Associate Vice President will be responsible for providing leadership, support, and strategic direction for all Sponsored Programs Administration.

The Associate Vice President (AVP) is responsible for leading the Division of Sponsored Programs Administration, overseeing all aspects of proposal review and submission, negotiation of award terms and conditions, compliance with administrative and fiscal award terms, and identifying and resolving issues through the life cycle of an award. The AVP will also be responsible for responding to the needs of researchers, supporting research processes, infrastructure, and procedures in place at AU. They will work collaboratively with AU Executives, Deans, the Office of Legal Affairs, and Leadership to foster a positive, productive, and growing research environment. Serving ex officio as the Executive Director for AURI, a separate 501(C)3 organization, this position will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, providing quarterly reports, and an annual operating budget. They will provide recommendations and opportunities for reinvestment in AU research programs, research incentive programs and be responsible for responding to and supporting the recommendations of Leadership.

The AVP oversees and collaborates with AU Executives, Deans, and leaders, as well as external sponsors and agencies, to ensure compliance, efficient execution, and cooperation in the execution and management of sponsored programs/projects. They will also be responsible for collaborating with other research stakeholders in cooperative coordination of financial and non-financial award management, contract negotiations (i.e. material transfer, data use agreement (DUA), and clinical trial awards, etc.), sub-award management, export controls, biosafety, COI, effort certification, Uniform Guidance and Single Audit compliance.

The AVP is responsible for maintaining knowledge of and responding to changes in federal government requirements, sponsor terms and conditions, shifting levels of funding, and the financial and cash management of sponsored projects. They will oversee administrative processes, lead strategic planning, and develop strategic initiatives for sponsored programs administration.

Requirements for consideration include a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent, and at least 10 years’ combined experience in financial management, sponsored programs administration, contract negotiation, and research programs administration. A doctoral degree, CPA, or CMA are preferred. A law degree and CRA are desirable, but not a requirement.


With locations throughout Augusta and at satellite campuses in Athens, Albany, Rome and Savannah, the university’s ten colleges and schools have a truly statewide impact in Georgia. Home to the Medical College of Georgia, the nation’s eighth-largest and 13th-oldest medical school, the university’s Health Sciences Campus is at the forefront of health care innovation. Located in beautiful downtown Augusta and housing the state’s largest College of Nursing, the comprehensive College of Allied Health SciencesThe Graduate School, the College of Science and Mathematics and the state’s only dental school, The Dental College of Georgia, the Health Sciences Campus is also home to the state’s only public academic medical center.

Augusta University offers more than 170 degree programs in ten colleges and schools, including the Medical College of Georgia (MCG); the Dental College of Georgia (DCG); the nationally ranked James M. Hull College of Business; the Katherine Reese Pamplin School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Science and Mathematics; Allied Health Sciences; The Graduate School; Nursing; and the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

Augusta University’s more than 9200 students come from countries around the globe and nearly all of Georgia’s 159 counties. Students are taught by some of the most prestigious scientists, clinicians, artists, and scholars in the nation.

Research plays an important role in Augusta University’s mission of providing leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care, and service. AU’s clinical and translational research programs focus on three key areas: cancer, cardiometabolic disease and neurological disease. AU researchers are also developing three emerging areas of research strength: regenerative and reparative medicine, personalized medicine and genomics, and public and preventive health.

Augusta University Health consists of Augusta University Medical Center – a 478-bed main adult critical care hospital, the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia (the largest children’s hospital in Georgia outside of Atlanta), a Critical Care Center (a 13-county Level 1 regional trauma center), more than 80 outpatient practice sites, and the Georgia Cancer Center.


The Division of Sponsored Programs Administration and the Augusta University Research Institute serve as a central unit to coordinate and support Augusta University’s Internal and External Sponsored Projects. The Division aims to identify, support, and advance opportunities for research, training, teaching, and scholarly activities by managing the entire lifecycle of sponsored project – from proposal and grant development and submission, to contract preparation, award management, and project close out management. The DSPA seeks to advance extramural support programs for the institution by providing administrative, informational, and logistical assistance to faculty and staff, while ensuring compliance with pertinent policies and regulations of the institution, extramural sponsors, and federal oversight agencies.


The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and should be submitted to Scott Watson or Michael Ballew at:

Letters of interest and nominations should be submitted by October 1, 2021 in order to assure consideration. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.



Augusta University is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to employees, applicants for employment, and service providers without regard to age, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam War Era Veteran.