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Executive Director of Research Development

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 25, 2023
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Office of Research

Job Title
Executive Director of Research Development

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience

Staff Level

FLSA Status


Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)

8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

Reporting to the Vice President for Research, the Executive Director of Research Development will serve to support and strengthen the research mission of Syracuse University by leading collaborative activities, by promoting research activity in all schools and colleges, and by capitalizing on existing institutional resources in innovative ways while strategizing new sources and means of support, including identifying areas for business efficiencies and growth.

Working closely with the Vice President for Research, the Executive Director of Research Development will: (1) lead institutional research development efforts with a centralized and distributed team, helping faculty build the capabilities and visibility needed to advance their scholarship, research, and creative activities across all career stages; (2) promote and support the pursuit of strategic funding opportunities across the entire institution, including identifying new methods and forms of support for less research active schools and colleges within the institution; (3) build and strengthen inter-institutional collaborations, with a focus on regional partners, to support competitive submissions; and (4) manage the University’s internal funding competitions.

  • PhD or other relevant terminal degree and 15+ years’ experience in research development. Candidates with a Master’s and previously serving as an Executive Director or equivalent at an R1 institution could be considered.
  • Familiarity with academic institutional culture, including 5 or more years of experience facilitating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work, including experience with STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, and creative disciplines.
  • Broad experience with large federal funders (ex. National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense), foundations, corporations, and state and local funding agencies required.
  • Strong preference for applicants currently working in an academic institution classified as an R1: Research Universities (highest research activity).
Job Specific Qualifications
  • Proven track record of institutional leadership, and broad understanding of institutional infrastructure and strategic planning expertise.
  • Strong history of supporting large interdisciplinary proposals, developing and leading teams, and capable of handling multiple demands and meeting deadlines.
  • Established professional network of contacts across peer institutions, funders, and community entities; experience developing institutional systems and processes to support research activities.
  • Positive public visibility and comfort with extensive outreach within and outside of the institution, including extensive public speaking experience, teaching experience, and multidisciplinary experience.
  • Skills in abstract reasoning and visioning, long term planning, and evidence of creative initiative preferred.
  • Evidence of team building skills required.

Lead institutional research development efforts including management of centralized research development staff and a distributed research development team. Includes developing and implementing new proposal assignment and support processes, strengthening existing proposal development support mechanisms across campus, and developing and maintaining ties to and collaborative efforts with other institutional units supporting research, including: all units of the Office of Research, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Syracuse University Libraries, school and college dean’s offices; Office of Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, Office of Budget and Planning, Information Technology Services, General Council, and the Office of the Provost.

Promote and support proposal development across the entire institution. Working in conjunction with Office of Research staff and other research development team members, lead and support large-scale, multi-investigator proposals, create interdisciplinary proposal teams, facilitate pre-proposal strategy sessions, facilitate discussions with funders, and proactively searching for funding opportunities relevant to new initiatives and institutional strengths. Also, use research development team members to strategize and support new methods and mechanisms to engage and promote success in research funding for faculty in less research active schools and colleges within the institution.

Manage intramural funding programs, cost sharing mechanisms, and other Office of Research financial support structures, including supporting tracking and reporting of activities. Assist with outcomes analysis for intramural grant programs, including, and supporting subsequent research development activities stemming from funding from the Office of Research. Also manage research information management subscriptions and contracts held by the Office of Research.

Catalyze new scholarly and institutional collaborations, and build and maintain strong and active relationships with peer and regional institutions and relevant funding agency staff, promoting the relationships of faculty with inter-institutional colleagues and with funding agencies, specifically in conjunction with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for foundation and corporate funders. In conjunction with the Office of Government and Community Relations, also investigate, initiate, and nurture partnerships, networks and alliances between and among SU faculty and local, regional, state, and federal organizations.

In conjunction with the other research development staff, and other university offices (such as the Office of Sponsored Programs, Corporate and Foundation Relations, etc.) design and provide educational workshops and in-service trainings to faculty and other research staff to refine proposal writing and other grant related skills.

Physical Requirements

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Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

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