Director - Research Development & Operations
About the Opportunity
The Director of Research Development and Operations is responsible
for the oversight of RD operations, including but not limited to
limited submissions, funding opportunity discovery and
dissemination, faculty development workshops and training, research
development coverage for colleges of campuses that do not have
their own RD professional i-house and support for large proposal
development for the Provost's office and other units, as required.
The Director is responsible for appropriately involving the
faculty, deans, associate deans for research, and executive
leadership of the University in these initiative development and
The Director must maintain broad knowledge of the institution, its
strengths, interests, and mission, and understand the
decision-making practices of sponsors, with expertise in matching
their giving patterns with approved university priorities. The
Director must also be generally knowledgeable about federal, state
and industry sponsors, and be able to seamlessly interact with all
of these entities. The Director will be responsible for direct
supervision of 3+ staff in the central research development office,
as well as direct interaction with multiple colleagues in other
This role calls for a seasoned professional who will bring
leadership, vision, and demonstrated experience working in a
research development, or relevant similar, capacity.
- Minimum 10+ years direct experience in research development or
other relevant area of expertise.
- Requires excellent organizational and communication skills,
professional and personal maturity, as well as exceptional
collaborative abilities which command the respect of peers.
- Bachelor's degree required, but advanced degree preferred.
Relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of an advanced
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects
- Ability to establish credibility and trust among diverse
constituents within complex organizations including the University,
other research institutions, government agencies, and corporations.
Ability to interact in a professional and positive manner with all
levels of leadership, faculty, and staff.
- Demonstrated record of effective leadership. Outstanding
written and oral communications skills. Excellent interpersonal
- A positive outlook, and “can-do” attitude.
Manages internal limited submissions programs (with direct
reports), ensuring a smooth timeline for internal submission,
review and selection. Consults with applicants before and after
internal deadlines, works with selected winners to prepare their
full proposal (20%)
Work with Provost, faculty, deans and school-assigned
development/advancement colleagues to develop new programs and
targets of opportunity suitable for sponsorship support. Manage new
and existing institutionally coordinated competitions, together
with advancement colleagues. Manage other Provost office
initiatives, as required. (20%)
Manage the training and professional development programs for
faculty, researchers, trainees (together with direct reports,
central RD, college RD and other unit colleagues as needed).
Includes managing the calendar for events, set up of virtual and
in-person events, preparation and delivery of some materials (or
collection of those prepared by others). (20%)
Provide research development support to college/campuses with no
in-house RD staff, as well as back up for large proposal support as
Provide liaison coordination and oversight for research
communications to internal and external audiences. (10%)
Manages funding opportunity discovery, review and dissemination
(with direct reports) to various university stakeholders.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work
experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit
eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid
time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as
well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/
for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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