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Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Director of 1890 Land-Grant Programs

Employer
Central State University
Location
Wilberforce, Ohio (US)
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Mar 12, 2024
Website
https://careers.centralstate.edu/postings/7555

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time

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Job Summary:

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Director of 1890 LandGrant Programs (VPRED) will lead the implementation of CSU’s strategic plan and statements of purpose, goals, mission, and vision as it relates to research, Title III Program, other sponsored activities, and Land-Grant Programs. The VP tracks federal and state research agendas, policy issues, and provides leadership in responding appropriately. The VP will coordinate, implement, and monitor comprehensive economic development planning and community development activities. The VPRED will provide overall direction and collaborative leadership for CSU’s Land-Grant Programs including technical and fiscal operations of Research and Extension units, as well as CSU’s economic and workforce efforts. The senior administrator will promote and develop research contracts and grant activities from public and private external sponsors. The VPRED collaborates with faculty and academic administrators to develop working relationships with agencies and to facilitate collaborations with such agencies to secure funding opportunities. The VPRED collaborates with the President and the university leadership team to ensure timely and compliant management of resources from sponsored activities. The VPRED will lead CSU’s innovation and entrepreneurship efforts, and facilitates appropriate technology transfer by providing patent protection, promoting commercialization, and protecting CSU’s intellectual property. The VPRED reports directly to the President of CSU.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide leadership in the establishment of university research goals and in the implementation of policies and strategies necessary to achieve those goals.  

• Identify, nurture, and expand relationships through research-based partnerships, connections to research centers, institutes, programs, and industries.  

• Maximize campus-wide research efforts, leveraging the knowledge, resources, and expertise necessary for an innovation economy, and create an environment that encourages and rewards invention, collaboration, diversity, and community.  

• Ensures that the Land-Grant programs are administered in accordance with relevant state and federal policies, rules, and regulations with a view toward maximizing all available state and federal resources to support the university’s mission.

• In collaboration with the President and members of the university leadership team, the VPRED will develop systematic strategic processes to capitalize on public and private opportunities to grow the university's externally funded research programs and increasing its scholarly, economic, and social relevance furthering the university mission while ensuring the legal, fiscal and financial wellbeing of external funds.

• Serve as the liaison between CSU, 1890 Land-Grant university system, United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Ohio Department of Higher Education, The Ohio State University, and other regional economic development agencies.  

• Plan and organize economic and community development initiatives, including attracting and retaining business partners for various initiatives and establishing community relations activities.  

• Lead with appropriate stakeholders, the development of support services, policies, and procedures in the areas of technology transfer and export control.  

• Acts as the university's authorized representative for grants and contracts on external funding agreements.

• Provide collaborative oversight of Land-Grant Research and Extension projects and budgets and provide guidance for Land-Grant programs to be compliant with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) policies and procedures.  

• Ensure a research environment without bias, and with the highest scientific and ethical standards that promotes intellectual and creative activities.  

• Provide collaborative oversight of CSU’s Title III program with the Title III Director.  

• Lead efforts to establish an infrastructure to appropriately handle intellectual property rights that will foster innovation, partnership with industry groups, and entrepreneurship.

• Participate in fundraising activities in collaboration with the CSU’s Institutional Advancement Division for economic and community development initiatives.

• Prepare reports, briefings, presentations, and responses on strategic planning issues, as appropriate.

• Ensure projects are progressing according to timelines, meeting targets and expectations, and adhering to operating parameters, and conduct feasibility studies of proposed developments and expansions.

• Serve on CSU’s President’s Cabinet and Leadership Team.

• Perform other duties as assigned by the CSU President.  

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Central State University is a Historical Black University (HBCU) that prepares students with diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research, and service. 

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