Director of Strategic Research Initiatives
University Of Oregon
Eugene, OR
32d ago

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Department : Research and Innovation

Appointment Type and Duration : Regular, Ongoing

Salary : Commensurate with experience

Compensation Band : OS-OA10-Fiscal Year 2017-2018

FTE : 1.0

Application Review Begins

May 28, 2018; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references.

Department Summary

The University of Oregon (UO) holds the distinction of a very high research activity ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and.

In 2014, the University launched an ambitious fundraising campaign focused on supporting faculty excellence in teaching and research, creating access for outstanding students, and enriching the student experience.

In 2017, the UO received a very generous $500M gift to launch the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, which will further increase the scope and magnitude of research and innovation activities across campus.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) serves as an advocate and catalyst within the University for expanding the range and impact of UO's research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

The OVPRI also oversees sponsored programs, research compliance, technology transfer, and research development and administrative responsibility for numerous high-

profile research centers and institutes and core research facilities, which provide opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary, and of significant societal importance.

Position Summary

The primary role of the Director of Strategic Research Initiatives (DirSRI) in the OVPRI is to develop and implement programming to support and grow the externally-

funded research activity of faculty at all levels (pre-tenure, tenured, non-tenure track research faculty and research non-

tenure track faculty). There is a particular focus on supporting proposal development activities that help new faculty successfully launch their research careers, help diversify funding streams, and help faculty procure large grants, instrumentation grants, and training grants.

To support these research activities, the DirSRI will lead and oversee the unit’s existing research development programs and training.

The DirSRI will also build new programs to help established faculty increase and diversify their external funding and help new faculty launch a successful sponsored research career.

The position involves proactive outreach to faculty to build strong interdisciplinary research teams and support proposal development, and supervision of professional staff.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in science-related field, communications, journalism, English, or education.
  • Experience supervising a team.
  • Proven record of professional experience coordinating collaborative projects in a sponsored funded environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with federal or large non-federal agencies and professional experience in a research-intensive environment.
  • Demonstrated professional-level experience in grant writing, proposal development and proposal planning, with a history of successfully writing proposals to sponsors for external funding of research, clinical, or outreach projects.
  • Professional Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills and the ability to balance competing priorities from multiple requesters.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a wide variety of university constituencies.
  • A background that establishes immediate credibility with faculty, includes proposal development support experience.
  • Leadership and networking experience across universities, national laboratories, and state and federal agencies.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or MD in science-related field, communications, journalism, English, or education.
  • Experience as PI / MPI / co-PI on state or federally funded research.
  • Experience building / expanding research development unit.
  • Experience running internal grant awards programs.
  • Knowledge of the funding mechanisms and opportunities at NIH, NSF, Dept of Education, USDA, Dept of Energy, and Dept of Defense.
  • Experience with funding mechanisms and proposal development that straddles industry and academia.
  • Involvement in relevant national professional organizations, such as NORDP.
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