Professional Development Resources


Curated by Claudia Scholz (Trinity U) and Robin Dewey (McDaniel)

Professional Associations


Listservs (besides CLASP)

  • CFRNet is a listserv for Corporate & Foundation Relations staff at educational institutions.

Meetings & Events


Training & Certificate Programs

  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA)
  • Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI)
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Examination

Informal groups (besides CLASP)


Salary Comparisons & Job Descriptions

  • CLASP+ Job Descriptions collected in 2010
  • Chronicle of Higher Education Surveys
  • 2009-10 CUPA-HR Administrative Compensation Survey
    • See "Dir, Sponsored Research & Programs"
  • Job Description archive for National Organization of Research Development Professionals
    • NORDP also maintains a list of typical job activities
    • NORDP members tend to be at larger research universities, but many of the job duties are similar.
  • Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) Role Delineation Survey
    • According to the data, these are mostly post-award positions, that is, accounting and grants management.
    • Salary figures are on page 10, figure 12
  • The Society of Research Administrators also maintains a database of job listings.
    • The job listings are very diverse, including people who work only in compliance as well as people who work in positions more similar to mine.
  • The National Council of University Research Administrators maintains a job database as well, but you have to be a member to access it.