The Vice Provost for Research is creating an Institution-wide Research Development Team (RDT), to help faculty enhance their research competitiveness, catalyze new research and institutional collaboration, and design and implement strategic services for faculty and researchers seeking external funding at Johns Hopkins. The Director of Research Development shall serve as the lead coordinator for identifying, communicating and coordinating large scale research opportunities. This position will initiate and nurture partnerships, networks, and alliances between and among the university divisions, faculty at JHU and other institutions, private sponsors and federal funding agencies to enhance institutional research competitiveness, catalyze new research and institutional collaborations, and design and implement strategic services for faculty and researcher constituents at JHU. This position will report to the Associate Vice Provost for Research.
The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:
The ideal candidate is a highly effective manager with several years of experience working in government or higher education. They should have a proven track record of achievement in implementing successful research initiatives, managing operations and staff teams, overseeing a program budget, and executing complex projects.
Oversees the review of all sponsored project proposals; review is based upon financial accuracy, content, adherence to institutional, government, and other sponsor guidelines;
Directs submission of large multi-project proposals and complex grants ensuring that all criteria have been met and applicable direct and indirect cost rates have been applied;
Oversees the budget justification for appropriateness and completeness of content;
Verifies compliance with sponsoring organization guidelines, as well as with relevant University policies and procedures;
Advises investigators and RDT staff on appropriate language for grant submissions and helps edit proposals;
Manages the groundwork for subcontract negotiations, including review for Hopkins-friendly contract language prototypes;
Collects and analyzes sponsored data for unit/departmental/divisional/institutional needs;
Facilitates and/or produces specialized sponsored projects reports utilizing institutional or departmental systems for various faculty, Directors, Administrators, and Senior Leaders;
Works with leadership to strategically assess, plan and implement new initiatives in sponsored infrastructure and workflow;
Fosters interactions with high-level campus units for select research-related initiatives;
Identifies and develops large-scale and multi-disciplinary collaborations across campus units (academic and administrative) and with external organizations (academic, non-profit, and for-profit);
Gathers and disseminates information on existing and emerging research opportunities to deans, key researchers, and relevant committees;
Aligns the VPR's strategic plan with major sponsors of research;
Gathers and analyzes data for external and internal use, including state of the research environment and performance metrics;
Advises VPR and AVPR in prioritizing research efforts by determining JHU research capacity in specific areas and forecasting opportunities for success prior to committing resources;
Coordinates campus-wide research development activities related to funding opportunities such as workshops, trainings, program officer visits, funding opportunity searches and dissemination, and research team building;
Proactively coordinates teams of investigators to pursue external funding opportunities;
Works in close collaboration with University Research Administration to streamline processes and add value to proposals;
Collaborates with the Faculty Force team as they develop modules to support faculty research.
Supervises the Research Development team (3-4 staff) and monitors the progress of team members in their assigned tasks;
Promotes a positive, multicultural work environment where team members are respected and valued;
Fosters strong and transparent working relationships among team members;
Facilitates cross-initiative and departmental collaboration, and motivates productive, open communication among all staff members;
Responsible for establishing a constructive structure and process for staff supervision and professional development;
Develops, recommends and implements short and long range goals and objectives for unit operations.
Directs the preparation and development of all budgets, reports, financial analyses, and statements and maintain operational records;
Authorizes all expenditures, supervises reconciliation, analyzes and prepares periodic reports on the financial status of the unit;
Manages operations with authority to make commitments relating to expenditures and revenues.
With the AVPR, create a sustainability plan for the unit.
MBA, MHA, MPH, or other related master's degree. Seven (7) years progressively responsible professional-level administrative and financial experience in research administration with some specialized experience in research development required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated record of leading, coordinating and motivating diverse communities of researchers to address, and win funding for focused research objectives;
Must be able to work independently and have excellent writing skills;
Competency in project management with demonstrated ability to think strategically, set goals and objectives, multi-task and execute strategy while maintaining a balanced perspective between the big picture and attention to the details;
Proven skills to effectively interact and collaborate with researchers and staff at a research university, and to build professional networks with staff from government funding agencies, private foundations and industry;
Ability to consider issues from a University-wide perspective, balancing the needs and goals of the various department and divisions with those of the University;
Must have good working knowledge of PCs and Microsoft Office applications and be proficient in data manipulation and analysis;
Knowledge of US Government cost principles.
Familiarity with the programs and priorities of funding agencies, foundations and corporations likely to fund JHU research;
Experience in facilitating cross-cutting programs that span diverse units within a university or other large institution;
Experience in training faculty and staff to be successful in large multidisciplinary research grants or contracts.
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130... years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.