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The Office of Research and Creative Practice’s mission is to foster research collaboration, facilitate project ideation, support faculty research development, enhance faculty competitiveness in securing external funding, and implement policies for research integrity and compliance.
The director of research and creative practice developmentreports to the associate dean for research and creative practice, and will be an important contributor in strategically guiding the college’s efforts in R+CP development. The diversity of faculty projects means that the director’s portfolio will be varied and broad, requiring agility to work at both the visionary and detail levels. As director, you will oversee the research development activities within the college: supporting new research initiatives, assisting in developing new research opportunities and strategic partnerships, and working directly with faculty, staff, and external partners to build capacity and administer the R+CP enterprise. You will also be responsible for the project management and daily administration of the college’s large-scale, multi-domain, multi-stakeholder projects with strict deadlines, occurring within national and international contexts. The ideal candidate possesses knowledge aligned architecture and urban planning and is a collaborative and proactive strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Supportthe associate dean in developing, expanding, and promoting sponsored R+CP opportunities by understanding how research priorities and faculty expertise fit into larger regional, national, and international contexts.
Work closely with the associate dean to develop strategies to identify and reach out to a variety of potential sponsors that match with the strengths of the college.
Plan and facilitate collaborative faculty teams and external stakeholders to catalyze new research programs and increase the competitiveness of our external funding proposals.
Work with the associate dean to create new initiatives and incentives that expand the college’s R+CP capacity.
Advise and train faculty on best practices for grant proposal design and writing; consult on early stage proposal ideation, teaming and development, and provide critical reviews and feedback.
Administerstrategic seed funding initiatives to facilitateR+CP at the college level.
Assist the associate dean in gathering and analyzing R+CP datafor the purpose of strategic planning, resource allocation and utilization, and decision-making.
Provide comprehensive project management for major R+CP initiatives.
Interface with Taubman faculty and broader university partners/stakeholders (i.e.: colleges/units, specific institutions, UMOR, Business Engagement, Foundation Relations, and Government Relations) to articulate/identify future research directions and document existing activities.
Manage communications to faculty regarding new R+CP funding opportunities and coordinate information sessions that share best practices.
Assist as needed with budget management.
Effectively schedule appointments/meetings and maintain associate dean’s calendar.Create travel itineraries, manage visa applications, and coordinate travel arrangements.
Bachelor’s degreein a related field
Project management experience in mid-size complex projects with multiple partners
Proven organizational skills that reflect ability to analyze information and prioritize multiple projects
Public speaking capacity, strong interpersonal/communication skills, and the ability to build relationships
Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Highly resourceful team-player, who is also extremely effective independently
Proficiency in understanding and communicating financial information
Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and an ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds
Experienced business software user (i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
Knowledge regarding architecture and urban planning, research and creative practice, and the architecture/engineering/construction sector
Professional work experience in the fields of architecture, urban design or urban planning
Experience with university academic/research policies and systems
Grant writing experience
Knowledge with database systems and other graphic design and communications software applications (i.e. Adobe Suite, Mailchimp)
Who We Are
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning has a diverse portfolio of sponsored research and creative practice (R+CP) work that is highly collaborative with ambitions for real-world application. Our R+CP projects span a wide spectrum from building technology, digital fabrication, advanced robotics, material systems, transportation planning, urban systems, historical research, spatial justice, engaged social innovation with community partners, and artistic production and exhibition. Although a small unit at the university, annual research expenditures have doubled in the past four years to approximately $3million. Roughly 40 new external proposals are submitted each year, with a similar volume of internal proposals to cross-campus initiatives. The funding comes from a wide range of sources, including non-profit foundations, industry partners, and federal agencies such as the USDOT, NSF, NIH and DOE. Our projects often require creative and entrepreneurial approaches to funding as we work to continue to expand and increase the impact of this portfolio.
In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off; retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Taubman College values a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that includes people of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We aim to create a community of mutual respect and trust where everyone's backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about our DEI efforts.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.