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Director, GRI Forums & Research Initiatives

Global Research Institute at William & Mary
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 24, 2021

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Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Global Research Institute (GRI) empowers teams of William & Mary students and faculty to make a difference in the world. We are a multidisciplinary hub that applies scholarly research to real world problems, investing in outstanding student and faculty scholars to catalyze new insights and cultivate the next generation of global leaders. Based in the Office of the Provost, GRI supports a whole of university approach to advance W&M by developing ideas, convening partners, creating and analyzing data, and inventing new methods. The Institute’s approach to incubate and scale and applied research helps researchers push research frontiers and produce insights that matter at W&M and beyond.

The Global Research Institute (GRI) at William & Mary invites applications for the new position of Director of GRI Forums and Research Initiatives. In addition to providing intellectual leadership for a variety of GRI’s research initiatives, the individual in this position will assume the management, fiscal, and research integrity responsibilities of a lead Principal Investigator on relevant, externally-sponsored research projects that pertain to core GRI activities. Importantly, this role will lead the conceptual development and coordination of forums, conferences, and seminars that address critical and pressing issues in the world, with a focus on integrating academic and policy audiences. This includes Gates Forums, which will be hosted and led by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The individual will be charged with engaging think tanks, research universities, government and non-profit entities that are interested in participating and/or supporting applied research at GRI, in addition to supporting GRI’s robust portfolio of student research programs which are essential to the William & Mary community.

This full-time position is based at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Applications for this position close at 11:59 PM on October 25, 2021.

Application Instructions

Candidates must apply directly via the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal to be considered. Applications submitted through 3rd party job posting sites will NOT be reviewed. This position closes at 11:59pm on October 25, 2021. For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at Click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume and cover letter.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must:

  • Have an advanced degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrate academic rigor in conducting research projects as the lead researcher or Principal Investigator;
  • Have a track record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals or policy research that meets equivalent standards of scrutiny;
  • Demonstrate experience contributing to research collaborations and delivering high quality products / actionable research for policy and academic audiences;
  • Maintain a professional network and presence in relevant professional communities, including researchers across multiple domains;
  • Superior planning and organizational skills, with the independent ability to initiate, organize, follow through and meet program deadlines
  • Have experience leading technically demanding projects (with and without external collaborators);
  • Demonstrate strong and effective communication and presentation skills; comfortable interacting with individuals at all levels within the university and with partners in government, foundations, and corporations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a relevant discipline such as economics, political science, public policy, public affairs, international relations, international development, history, or comparable advanced level experience;
  • Track record of securing research funding from a variety of funders;
  • Experience writing compelling grant proposals and securing external funds for policy research projects;
  • Experience in research-based prospect development within an academic, nonprofit, corporate, or consulting environment;
  • Experience with personnel management and fiscal responsibilities associated with externally sponsored research projects.

All staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination must be provided on the employee’s first day of employment. If an accommodation is needed, please contact Human Resources.

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