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Program Director for Faculty Research Development

University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender
48109, Ann Arbor
Salary range will be $75,000 - $85,000. Total compensation includes generous UM benefits.
Date posted
Apr 30, 2024

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How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Applications should be submitted through the University of Michigan’s job portal at, keyword/job ID: 247905.

Job Summary 

The Program Director for Faculty Research Development at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) works with faculty and staff to promote and catalyze research at the University of Michigan. The Program Director is an administrative staff position reporting to the Director of IRWG. 

Founded in 1995, IRWG is an interdisciplinary research unit that supports U-M faculty in their research on women, gender, and sexuality. IRWG offers internal research funding and research support and also assists faculty in preparing extramural grant proposals. We sponsor a variety of speakers and events to foster intellectual exploration and social change. IRWG is located in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and our mission extends to all departments and units on all three campuses of the University of Michigan. IRWG has nearly 200 affiliated faculty members representing all schools, colleges, and disciplines at the university. Current areas of focus in IRWG include sexual harassment and gender-based violence, Black feminist health studies, transgender health, post-colonial sexualities, and LGBTQ+ studies. The Program Director works with the Director, the chief administrator, an HR and financial coordinator, an events and communications specialist, a grants administrator, and dedicated IT support.

This position requires a person with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of research and scholarship; the ability to communicate collegially and knowledgeably with faculty in an array of disciplines that use diverse methodological approaches; the ability to form and sustain relationships with faculty and advance their ideas; the ability to facilitate collaboration and engage relevant internal or external partners; and experience in grant and proposal writing and editing. It also requires the establishment and maintenance of informed contact with funding agency program officers in both public and private funding sectors. This is not a teaching-related position.


The specific duties include: 

  • assisting the Director in fostering collaborations across disciplines; assisting faculty in generating effective extramural proposals.
  • providing detailed grant proposal development assistance to faculty through all stages of proposal conceptual development and refinement including technical writing assistance.
  • assisting the Director in writing proposals from within IRWG.
  • identifying external and internal funding opportunities and matching them to faculty interests.
  • providing external funding source searches for faculty and serving as a conduit to program officers for introductions and feedback.
  • Organize and present various workshops and events planned and promoted by IRWG, which may include partnership with other units (e.g., libraries, MICHR, foundation relations, academic units, communications). Topics may include but will not be limited to: writing competitive grant proposals, training staff/faculty in proposal editing, finding funding, large-scale/center proposal training, team science, science communication, broader impacts, facilitated writing groups, and events to stimulate new collaborations.
  • Develop additional programming and resources for faculty and staff such as online proposal libraries, research development newsletters, PI toolkits, and early career mentoring plans.
  • managing internal seed funding competitions and awards.
  • following up with faculty about seed grant outcomes and further development.
  • joining and being active in research development national organizations and networks.
  • keeping detailed records of work to show impact; assisting the Director in developing and refining metrics to show impact for use in annual reports, presentations, and other documents.
  • creating templates, tools, and resources to support grant/research development. 

Required Qualifications

  • Strong research administration background, with educational experience generally associated with at least a Master’s degree. Relevant experience may be substituted as appropriate.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in research development, administration, and/or communication.
  • Strong initiative and demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaborative settings is essential. 
  • Candidates must be able to meet tight deadlines, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and be able to manage multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously. 
  • Candidates should also have experience in grant development and scholarly writing and editing. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Salary range will be $75,000 - $85,000. Total compensation includes generous UM benefits.

Background Screening 

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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