Associate Director, Research Development

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Fairfax, VA
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Apr 05, 2022
Oct 10, 2022
Full Time
Associate Director, Research DevelopmentThe George Mason University Office of Research invites applications for an Associate Director, Research Development. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:The Research and Innovation Initiatives Office nurtures and promotes state-of-the-art research and scholarship at Mason, providing resources that assist the Mason faculty-postdoc-student community with the identification of external funding opportunities and the development of high-quality proposals, sponsored projects and activities. The office provides services that: introduce Mason PIs to new and existing funding opportunities; facilitate the formation of effective multidisciplinary teams both within Mason and with other external partner organizations; result in the creation of higher quality, collaborative proposals; ensure productive relationships with colleagues in the other Mason organizations including the Office of Research Services, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Mason Enterprise. The office also supports Mason's three University Research Institutes (Institute for BioHealth Innovation, Institute for a Sustainable Earth, and Institute for Digital Innovation) as well the Transdisciplinary Centers for Advanced Study, other University Level Research Centers, and Mason Core Facilities.About the Position:Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research Innovation (AVP), the Associate Director provides strategic and active management of the University's research development program. In collaboration with the AVP, the incumbent will play a strategic role in building Mason's research and scholarship capacity, with emphasis on the development of multidisciplinary research and scholarship and supporting the University Research Institutes and Transdisciplinary Centers. The Associate Director will work closely with the Associate Deans for Research at Mason and other research development officers at Mason and in the national community. Responsibilities:1 - Working with the AVP for Research Innovation, provide active and strategic management of Mason's research development program. This will require a multifaceted approach that leverages Mason's strengths and aligns resources with the University Research Institutes to support team building essential to the development of high-quality team- and center-scale disciplinary and multidisciplinary proposals.2 - Support Mason's research development goals through the creation of resources, information, and advice posted electronically on the Research Development Services website and on other social media, and through a variety of face-to-face and print mechanisms. Such resources may include the creation of a repository of exemplar standard proposal materials to facilitate proposal development, development of mentoring programs for early career faculty opportunities such as the NSF CAREER awards or NIH K-Awards, and implementation of a proposal development seminar series.3 - Work closely with the University Research Institutes (IBI, ISE, and IDIA) and multidisciplinary and teams to help with large proposals and provide grant management support.4 - Facilitate and host workshops and meetings aimed at developing teams and exposing Mason faculty to funding opportunities and agencies. Evaluate and share tools that permit the more efficient identification of funding opportunities and the creation of high-quality proposals.5 - Proactively generate, identify, and enable faculty to pursue opportunities in Mason's strategically identified multidisciplinary research foci areas. Provide support for Mason's University Research Institutes that provides greater situational awareness of the funding environment and maximizes opportunities.6 - Provide support and coordination for major multidisciplinary proposals including facilitating team meetings of interested faculty, developing outlines and timelines, conducting project management activities, providing or securing grant writing services, drafting supplementary documents, identifying and contacting outside consultants and partners as needed, reviewing and commenting on portions of the proposal, and working with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Foundation and Corporate Relations to ensure they have all materials needed to submit high-quality proposals on time.7 - Serve as the central point of contact and liaison to assist Mason's colleges and schools with research development support. Work closely with the Associate Deans for Research within each of the colleges and schools to coordinate Research Development across the university.8 - Identify and perform other research development activities as needed that support enhanced institutional engagement in research, scholarship, and creative activities.Required Qualifications:Excellent communication skills, have the ability to explain complex grant requirements to faculty, and have experience developing and implementing research development or support programs. Additionally:A Master's degree in science, engineering, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience;Knowledge of and direct experience with proposal development, supporting multidisciplinary proposal teams, and team science; andConsiderable (generally 3-5 years) experience working in research development-related roles.Preferred Qualifications:5-7 years of experience directly managing research development programs;A terminal degree in scientific, engineering, or related field (Ph.D. or similar); andExperience in a large dispersed university environment.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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