Reporting to the Vice Provost for Research (RNL), the Executive Director of Research Development (ED) is a member of the RNL leadership team and responsible for shaping and executing the Research Development Support team (RDS)'s strategic mission. The primary role of the ED is to support faculty in preparing largescale, complex federal proposals to capture major awards. Specifically, the ED will work closely with faculty and University leadership to increase federal funding by providing strategic services to support the programmatic development of research, the creation of consortium, federal engagement, the provision of research training, and the support of inter-institutional federal proposals. The ED will work with appropriate offices including the Provost, deans, University Research Administration, and divisional staff to negotiate issues related to complex proposals including effort allocation, unit ownership, and revenue sharing.
Functions as the University's technical expert on research program planning and federal proposal writing, including the gathering and sharing of relevant information, developing proposal writing training for faculty, connecting faculty with other relevant activities on campus such as innovation and outreach, and working collaboratively with pre-award administrators.
Coordinate program development efforts with counterparts in the divisions, schools, and national labs, and advise faculty on strategic approaches to develop research initiatives and large, complex proposals. Work closely with faculty in building strategic alliances and effective teams.
Supervise a staff of 4 to 5 FTE research program development professionals and supports their professional development. Deploy staff effectively to achieve the goals noted above.
Connect faculty with the various outreach efforts on campus, such as Office of Civic Engagement, to support the development of such activities in their proposals.
Develop strategies to leverage internal seed funding to support nascent but potentially transformative research ideas to maximize their likelihood in securing extramural funding.
Project management, federal proposal and team management experience.
Ability to effectively manage multiple assignments and aggressive deadlines.
Integrity and judgment with strong decision-making, negotiation and consensus-building skills.
Ability to work effectively with faculty and other individuals from different units and backgrounds.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
A high degree of discretion, tact and an ability to maintain confidentiality.
Outstanding communication skills (written, verbal, and interpersonal).
Occasional travel to national laboratories required.
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree in a science discipline required
Master's degree in a science discipline preferred
7 years of relevant experience required
At least 3 years progressively responsible experience in academia and/or DOE National Laboratories in research program development or capture management preferred.
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