The Director of Research Development leads and manages the research development unit, with strong focus on building and enhancing the extramural funding of SJSU research and training programs. The director’s leadership role, which involves 3-4 direct reports, comprises the execution and continuous improvement of the vision and priorities for the Research Development unit. Collaborates with faculty and the Division of Research and Innovation leadership on research development program strategies and goals, long-term planning, and policy and procedures.
In partnership with the SJSU Research Foundation, the director works closely with college deans and associate deans of research, chairs, and faculty to develop, implement, and grow near- and long-term strategies for new or emerging research initiatives, both single-investigator and multi-investigator, and multi-disciplinary initiatives. Has independent responsibility for large, complex research grant programs/initiatives. Includes oversight and coordination of research development programs, including program development, planning and evaluation, peer review of proposals and applicant relations, internal grant application and award management, and synthesis and dissemination of research findings. Has budgetary responsibility for the research development unit.
This position may work a hybrid telecommuting work schedule, dependent on department need. This agreement will be reviewed and must be approved by University Personnel. For additional information on the telecommuting policy, please click here.
- Collaborate to identify and support campus research priority areas
- Plan and strategize for future major campus funding opportunities
- Support new research area development and strategic planning
- Develop research development metrics and goals
- Facilitate sponsor site visits
- Lead and support large interdisciplinary initiatives and grant opportunities
- Assist faculty to find funding opportunities and navigate through campus administrative processes, managing PIVOT training and operationalization
- Provide strategic advice to make proposals competitive and assist with the writing and review of final proposals for large, complex awards
- Oversee letters of support, biosketches, COI, and compliance matters
- Help increase level of funding for student (undergraduate and graduate) research
- Support the inception and growth of doctoral programs with targeted proposals
- Develop strategic relationships with granting agencies and foundations bring grant officers, program managers, and other agency representatives to campus or taking and introducing faculty to them
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Proven ability to cultivate federal program officer relations to gain perspective on funding priorities and trends
- Extensive knowledge of external funding processes, including funding agency guidelines and objectives, grant proposal creation and submission
- Demonstrated ability to oversee funded projects and disseminate results through publications
- Ability to write reports, guidelines and procedures, using extensive software tools
- Well-developed interpersonal and liaison and communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a broad group of stakeholders both internal and external
- Ability to work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Must be able to travel to Washington, DC for in person meetings and conferences
- Demonstrated effectiveness in coaching and facilitating academic research initiatives from conception to funding and program implementation
- Strong communication, supervisory and management skills
- Ability to lead a team of research development professionals
- Effective group creation and management
- Ability to significantly impact, expand and enhance an organization’s research enterprise
- Master’s Degree or directly relevant professional, personal and lived experience that translates into successful completion of the listed essential duties and responsibilities
- Extensive track record with or at a federal funding agency
- Prior grant writing experience
- 10 years directly related experience with progressively greater responsibilities
- Prior research development experience in academic or non-profit institution
- Experience coordinating and managing complex proposal submissions
- Demonstrated track-record of leadership experience with direct reports
- History of extramural funding for one’s own research agenda
Classification: Administrator III
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.
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**The application period has been EXTENDED to Spetember 11, 2022**.
This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.
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