The Research Development Faculty Specialist (RDFS) is a
non-tenure track faculty member who participates in research
development activities conducted by the Associate Dean of Research
in UMD’s College of Information Studies in support of projects,
proposals, centers, and special initiatives. The mission of the
research development team is to catalyze the College’s research
enterprise with an emphasis on responsiveness to research
opportunities, emerging opportunities, and providing support for
College researchers. The team collaborates to enable high impact
individual and team research and facilitate research excellence,
streamline proposal development, promote cross-campus research
communications and collaborations, facilitate collaborations with
other institutions, conduct workshops and training, develop
research portfolio analytics, and implement metrics for tracking/
UMD’s College of Information Studies addresses issues at the
confluence of information, technology, and people to enable people
to improve their lives and life opportunities with information.
College research includes a multidisciplinary mix of single PI and
complex large-scale multi-College and multi-institutional
opportunities with funding from a variety of sources. The RDFS
helps position the College for emerging funding opportunities and
works as part of a team providing support for College
The RDFS will engage in strategic, proactive, catalytic, and
capacity-building activities to facilitate individual faculty
members, teams of researchers, and research administrators in
creating relationships, attracting funding, and developing and
implementing strategies that increase research impact. The RDFS may
initiate and nurture partnerships and alliances within and outside
of the College and will build and implement strategic services and
The RDFS will provide support for faculty and research groups.
Activities will include faculty outreach and development, research
team building, scouting of relevant extramural opportunities,
proposal planning, scoping and coordination, pre-award
consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, and
coaching/ mentoring. The RDFS may develop specific expertise in
opportunity management, team development, aspects of proposal
production, or communications.
The ideal candidate will have: a strong research background,
experience working in teams, fluency and enthusiasm for research
development, and knowledge of the academic funding enterprise.
Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, self-motivated and
have excellent skills in project management, grant and technical
writing, and document production. Expertise in developing and
maintaining on-line resources and data management is also sought.
Candidates should have an advanced degree (or equivalent
experience/training) and direct experience in writing competitive
proposals relevant to the College’s research portfolio.
- D. (information science field preferred); or M.Sc. plus 2 years
experience; or B.Sc./B.A. plus 5 years experience.
- Academic background and experience in selected area of
- Research development proposal writing experience preferably at
an academic institution.
- Direct experience writing competitive research proposals
relevant to the scope of the College of Information Studies’
- Excellent skills in grant and technical writing.
- Experience coordinating and managing complex proposal
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong ability to think creatively and independently on
concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse
groups to achieve results.
- Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and
external peers, managers, and teams.
- Proven program planning and management of projects.
- Strong ability to be well-organized with the ability to set
priorities and meet deadlines.
- Detail-oriented and self-motivated.
- Ability to analyze and present information for different
- Experience working with foundations and writing foundation