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Director of Research Development

Apply now Job no: 517826
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San José
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research


Job Summary

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.


Key Responsibilities

  •  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


Required Qualifications

  • 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


Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD
  • 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.



Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

**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.


Contact Information

University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

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Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).



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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022