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Director Research Development

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time

Director Research Development

Job #: 040438
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range: $92,000 - $120,000
Hours: Standard University business hours

8:30am - 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am - 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:
The Office of Research Development is a unit of the Office of Research. The Office of Research is the central hub for research support at Syracuse University, facilitating excellence in research, scholarship, innovation, and creative activity that addresses emerging opportunities and societal needs. This support extends to faculty, staff, students, and external partners. Designated as a Research 1 institution, Syracuse University was awarded a total of $106.8 million of sponsored funding in fiscal year 2022.The Office of Research Development (ORD) supports campus-wide programs for fostering faculty research development and new interdisciplinary research initiatives. ORD works closely with other Office of Research Units: the Office of Sponsored Programs; the Office of Research Integrity and Protections; the Office of Technology Transfer; and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. ORD also coordinates with other institutional units that support sponsored funding, such as the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, interdisciplinary research centers, and the Deans Offices of each School and College at Syracuse University.

The Director of Research Development for the Social Sciences will advance the research mission of the Syracuse University by: leading the development of large, interdisciplinary proposals; strengthening relationships with funders; and participating in strategic efforts to increase the research profile of the University.

The Director will work with faculty and research staff in the social sciences, public policy, public administration, and international affairs , primarily in the departments and research centers in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, to support externally sponsored proposals and to mentor faculty on obtaining funding. Other social science units within the University would be part of the larger portfolio of this Director. Major activities will include, but are not limited to: developing and leading teams for the pursuit of major funding opportunities, including federally-funded centers and institutes; facilitating and providing relevant services for the development of competitive proposal applications; actively searching and identifying funding opportunities, including keeping abreast of national funding trends; networking with funders; and fostering new research and initiatives and strategies. The Director will also coordinate with other research development team members on limited submission opportunities, University intramural grant programs, presentations and workshops on proposal writing, and development of training materials.

  • Master’s Degree required.
  • Eight (8+) plus years, relevant experience within an R1 institution.

Job Specific Qualifications:
  • Must have outstanding writing, editing, speaking, and proposal development skills. Proven track record in successful facilitation of complex research proposals across a range of funders in the social sciences, such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes for Health, Department of State, and a wide variety of foundation and private funders.
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills including the ability to work independently with a variety of individuals and a demonstrated ability to manage projects, build consensus, develop processes, and lead training and development efforts.
  • Experience with and knowledge of social science and policy research substantive foci, methodological approaches, and priorities.
  • Knowledge of and existing networks with social science-related funders, as well as peer and aspirational peer institutions preferred. Knowledge of extramural funding programs, including expertise in analyzing and applying federal and non-federal regulations and guidelines is required.
  • Knowledge and experience working across multiple academic departments is required.

  • Support research development in the Maxwell School. Develop and manage teams for the pursuit of sponsored funding and other awards. Facilitate and provide relevant services for the development of competitive proposal applications, including for large-scale, multi-investigator proposals. Provide expert guidance to individual faculty on developing proposals.
  • Provide project management for large, complex proposals. Includes working closely with faculty members and other key stakeholders on the development and structure of proposals to increase competitiveness for external funding. Review proposals for consistency with the requirements of the Request for Proposals (RFP). Perform careful edits of the narrative sections of proposals to enhance the communication of ideas. Support the development of non-technical supplementary materials such as management plans. Streamline processes to support the research development infrastructure.
  • Function as liaison within the University for complex proposals. Stakeholders may include deans, chairs, faculty, and staff; the Office of Research units; Corporate and Foundation Relations; and academic units across the campus. Investigate, initiate, and nurture partnerships, networks, and alliances between and among faculty, other institutions, and community organizations to enhance institutional research competitiveness and to catalyze new scholarly and institutional collaborations. Assist with the development and management of Maxwell School and University intramural grant programs.
  • In conjunction with units within across campus, design, lead and facilitate educational workshops and in-service trainings for faculty and research staff in to refine funding search, proposal-writing, broader impact development, and other research development skills, including supporting training for federal funder career programs aimed at early career faculty.
  • Actively search, identify, and disseminate funding opportunities, including keeping abreast of national funding trends and providing leadership and guidance around networking with funders to identify and/or seed upcoming opportunities. Lead funding strategy sessions with new and existing teams. Proactively searching for funding opportunities relevant to new initiatives in the Maxwell School and other social science units.
  • Other duties as assigned.

About Syracuse University:
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings, and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and over 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors, 100 minors, and 200 advanced degree programs offered across the University’s 13 schools and colleges; over 15,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area:
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

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