College Director of Research Development and Advancement

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
$130,000.00 - $130,000.00
Jan 25, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

College Director of Research Development and Advancement

College Of Lib Arts & Sciences

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

The inaugural Director of Research Development and Advancement at The College will design and grow the yet-to-be-established Research Development & Services office within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (The College) with the purpose of ensuring ongoing efficient and effective delivery of services in accordance with established priorities, strategies, and goals set by the divisional deans and executive dean.

The successful candidate will be comfortable determining their own metrics, in partnership with the leaders of The College. The Director will work with a variety of diverse stakeholders across the Dean’s office and The College to establish an innovative, flexible, and proactive office that focuses on faculty-centered services. The successful candidate will be ready to implement their vision, in concert with leadership, through strategic hires that complement existing staff infrastructure.


The Director of Research Development and Advancement will be responsible for building a team in the Deans office. This will include day-to-day management of the office, visioning for their own work and the work of their team, metric definition and tracking/reporting and reporting on overall statistics for The College, data collection in formal and informal settings, creation and dissemination of reports informed by institutional data, responding quickly and thoroughly to requests from leadership, meeting one on one and in large groups with faculty who are passionate about research, designing long-range strategic plans for faculty success, contracting with external resources (i.e., editors, writers, graphic designers). The successful candidate will be cognizant of federal funding priorities, across discipline, and able to leverage existing research infrastructure to empower faculty and other active researchers in securing sponsored project funding to advance their research goals.


The Director of Research Development and Advancement will coordinate closely with dedicated specialty offices as well as with unit level services to ensure that programming and services are expanding upon and non-duplicative of existing efforts.


The Research Director will connect The College and units to standardize services between and across units, creating a cooperative culture for problem solving specialized challenges, and sharing institutional knowledge. The successful candidate will seek to create a safe, inclusive environment for faculty and staff that flexes across The College, as necessary and sustainable in coordination within the research strategy framework set by the deans, directors, chairs, and leads.


Salary Range

$130,000 per year; DOE

Close Date



Essential Duties

Represents the College in research related matters and prepares executive summaries for the college leadership.

Plans, designs, and coordinates research training programs/workshops for faculty and staff in the college.

Monitors progress of research initiatives in coordination with faculty, academic leadership, business managers, and research administrators/advancement staff.

Analyzes sponsored research expenditures and financial data; assists with tracking internal resources/trend reports; carries out comparative analyses to support executive in strategic planning.

Supports large and strategic proposals across The College through opportunity forecasting, teaming, internal and external analysis, and connects with external consultants when necessary to advance these efforts.

Supports inter-disciplinary research team development (within and across The College) through competitive analysis, facilitated meetings, and proposal or whitepaper editing and writing.

Works closely with divisional deans to foster individual faculty development and transition into larger, more complex initiatives that connect divisions.

Works within the overarching university landscape of research development and research advancement to connect faculty, leaders, and other researchers with the resources they need to be successful. 

Serves as the primary point of contact between the College and ORSPA/KE, driving facilitation and providing problem resolution related to the administration of sponsored projects after award.

Responsible for enterprise-wide research development and advancement activities and outcomes associated with the consistent implementation of a distributed service model. This includes development of school-wide communication, performance metrics, training and mentoring programs, and consistent interpretation of policies and procedures.

May supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

Evidence of a graduate degree.

Experience working in higher education in a research advancement position.

Demonstrated knowledge of the sponsored pre-award and post award processes and policies.

Demonstrated knowledge with a variety of contract and agreement/sub-agreements including language and commitments.

Experience managing a budget.

Experience working with high-level administrators, executives, professionals, and faculty.

Experience supervising, including effective management, evaluation, and staff development.

Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal funding agencies and policies.

Demonstrated knowledge of project management practices, theories, and techniques.

Evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills for large collaborative projects or initiatives.

Experience in identifying issues, concerns, and interests for diverse audiences, and provide effective solutions.

Experience in organizational and team leadership skills.

Experience in adapting to a fast-paced, ever-changing collaborative academic environment.

Experience in managing multiple projects and meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.

Evidence of securing extramural funding.

Evidence of progressively responsible management experience. (3 years)


Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses, which may require up to 20 minutes of travel time by foot, golf cart, public, or personal transportation. May spend the majority of the workday in meetings either in person, on the phone, or via videoconference. Frequent presentation to audiences from the individual to groups of 100+. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.


Department Statement

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (The College) is the largest college at ASU and is organized in a divisional structure comprised of Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The atmosphere is collegial, priorities are fluid and demands for assistance come from many directions. This position provides an opportunity to exercise initiative, work with very diverse populations and enhance leadership skills.


The College offers the greatest choice and diversity of studies of any school at Arizona State University, the largest public university in the United States. In addition to top academic programs, award-winning faculty, and state-of-the-art lab and research facilities, The College offers unique opportunities to explore a vast spectrum of academic disciplines - from science and math to languages and philosophy - that few other colleges and universities can provide. With 12 schools, seven departments, three programs, 90 majors, 131 graduate degrees, and 40 world-class research centers and one-of-a-kind institutes, The College is redefining liberal arts and sciences education for the 21st century.


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Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.