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Job ID: 226644

Sponsored Research Officer
Illinois Wesleyan University

Date Posted Nov. 30, 2023
Title Sponsored Research Officer
University Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL, United States
Department Academic Affairs
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Coordinator
  • Grant Writer/Technical Writer

Illinois Wesleyan University seeks a full-time Sponsored Research Officer (SRO) to begin early 2024.  Reporting to the Provost, the SRO will anchor university-wide efforts to maximize its external funding resources in alignment with university priorities.  The SRO will be involved in pre-award, post-award, and all related activities related to grant seeking and award management, including but not limited to:

  • Prospecting for funding opportunities to support both individual research projects as well as broader, departmental/divisional/institutional initiatives
  • Working closely with administrators, faculty, and staff to maintain focus and forward momentum in the proposal development and writing process to meet submission deadlines
  • Collaborating with principal investigators/program directors (PIs/PDs) to build budgets that are compliant with funder and institutional policies and guidelines
  • Supporting proposal development by securing institutional data needed to support the application
  • Working with principal investigators and program directors to ensure compliance with external guidelines and regulations


The SRO will participate as an ex officio member of the Research Advisory Committee and the Faculty Development Committee.  In addition, the SRO will provide insights on appropriate programming in the Thorpe Center for Faculty Development to advance a grant-seeking culture among our faculty.


The strongest applications will meet the following expectations:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred)
  • 3-4 years of experience working in an office of sponsored programs
  • Experience with proposal writing and grant administration required
  • Strong experience interacting (pre-award, submission, and post-award) with federal and private funders such as NSF, NIH, DoEd, NEH, NEA, HHMI, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in ensuring post-award compliance for project outcomes and budget expenditures
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google platform software (experience with Banner preferred)
  • Familiarity with non-profit and fund accounting, FASB, GAAP, government grants, external audits, and single audit experience
  • Certifications as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Financial Research Administrator or similar are preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple grant-seeking efforts simultaneously


Application Information:

Please download the application at In addition, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position is open until filled. Submit to:



Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
Fax:  309-556-1710


This is a full-time, 12 month, on-campus position.  Generous benefits include health, retirement, considerable time off and access to multiple tuition programs for employees and dependents.  The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation. 


Salary $54-$64k, based on experience


  • Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

    Illinois Wesleyan University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at

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Contact Information

  • Kristi Hammons
    Human Resources
    Illinois Wesleyan University
    1312 Park St.
    Bloomington, IL 61701
  • 309-556-3536
  • 309-556-1710


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