Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, a Danforth Campus paid position. The physical position location is 4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis MO 63110. This position will require travel to other campuses and local research institutions.
The Director of Research Development (DRD) will help to grow the size and impact of University research by creating opportunities for and supporting discovery and innovation by University researchers through research development.� The DRD works closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development and Contracts and develops and leads the activities, operation, and staff of the research development team.� In general, the role of the DRD is to create new initiatives and incentives that foster expanded institutional research capacity, catalyze new collaborations, increase the competitiveness of extramural funding proposals, implement and provide ongoing oversight of projects, and identify metrics for success. A long range goal of the DRD is to build a centralized research development function for the University.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The DRD strives to generate new streams of research support from federal, state, foundation, and industrial sources.� He/she works closely with researchers and staff to facilitate collaborations, identify potential funding opportunities, and work with funding agencies (government and private) to improve the University’s funding success.
The DRD works closely with government agencies (e.g., NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH etc.) and private sponsors to understand funding strategies and initiatives and to identify needs and synergies with university researchers.� Facilitates development of partnerships between researchers and other academic, private sector, and government agencies.� Establish and maintain relationships with key federal program officers, agency staff, clients and key industry representatives.
Nurtures multi-disciplinary projects corresponding to the University’s strategic research initiatives, including support for large-scale projects through strategy development, budget creation, oversight of preparation and submission.
The DRD works closely with University-wide efforts to implement strategies for faculty research training and leadership development.� He/she supports new training programs that help faculty who are early in their research career to develop and/or improve their skills in writing winning proposals.� The DRD will develop workshops to support proposal development, and understands how University priorities and information needs fit into the larger national education, research, and funding contexts in order to provide advice to faculty and researchers.
Supervise other research development staff.� Oversee the university’s internal competitions program.
Administering strategic seed funding initiatives to facilitate interdisciplinary research at the university with high potential for external support.� He/she also analyzes performance of seed funding efforts.
Represents the OVCR at meetings and functions as needed, especially in facilitating research collaborations across schools and institutions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
PhD required in physical sciences or engineering.
Candidates must have 5-7 years of experience operating in a team environment producing proposals with a significant success rate.
2-5 years of demonstrated skill in developing and managing strategic initiatives and translating strategic vision and goals into implemented programs.
Experience overseeing or participating in reviewing, editing, and preparing complex grant proposals.
Experience in a university setting and working with federal agencies.
Ability to think strategically and creatively, to anticipate federal and industry research trends, and to translate that thinking into cogent plans for growing the university-wide research portfolio.
Ability to effectively represent and coordinate organization strategy and administrative initiatives with university senior-level management and external entities.
Experience with enabling successful research proposals to federal and/or state agencies.
Ability device, implement and manage innovative programs and services, with special emphasis on operationalizing team oversight.
Excellent written and oral communication skills to develop high-level strategic planning documents, reports, position papers and deliver oral presentations that effectively communicate needs, University positions and engage stakeholders regarding -University initiatives and priorities.
Track record of successful relationship-building with public agency and/or foundation and/or corporate entities.
Demonstrated capacity for independent decision making, research development, and working on multidisciplinary teams on project and proposal development.
Must be able to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.