Deputy Director, Research Dev

Mississippi State University
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 20, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, International Programs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Function:

The Deputy Director for Research Development, works closely with the Executive Director of the International Institute and the Director of International Research Development to provide strategic leadership to the unit, which includes understanding the university's research focus areas and identifying funded research opportunities that coincide with MSU's demonstrated expertise.

The Director works closely with faculty and research staff to provide administrative and professional support for the development of extramurally funded research proposals. This includes ensuring compliance with complex university, state, and federal policies and regulations and donor/agency requirements. The Director is expected to liaise with staff within the university and outside constituents including program officers and collaborators at other universities, to provide quality administrative guidance to researchers, maximizing the likelihood of successful submissions.

Salary Grade : 16

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.

Department Profile:

International Institute

Area of Specialization:

International Institute

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

I. Assist the Executive Director and relevant MSU units of any number of risk­ management and compliance functions necessary for international services.
2. Manage and coordinate the activities and personnel of the Research and Partnership Development Unit at the International Institute
3. Design and manage a robust data gathering and reporting system to evaluate Institute activities and the university's international activities.
4. Manage and coordinate successful post-award management of grants and contracts both internal and external to the Institute.
5. Lead and collaborate with Institute staff, MSU faculty, external clients, and international collaborators to develop proposals for externally funded grants and contracts.
6. Lead and collaborate with Institute staff, MSU faculty, external clients, and international collaborators to develop international opportunities for faculty/staff professional development.
7. Coordinate and oversee international partner agreements including the negotiation of specific terms, strategic areas of growth, expansion of high-quality partnerships, and, where possible, engagement of research, faculty/staff/student development opportunities, and growth in external funding.
8. Assist the Executive Director in establishing and implementing short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures for all Institute activities.
9. Manage and oversee communications and promotion of Institute and other international activities.
10. Plan and lead meetings, workshops, and presentations as necessary.
11. Support the business and administrative operations of the Institute as requested.
12. Work independently to lead projects and accomplish responsibilities
13. Be highly customer focused and responsive to customer needs whether internal or external.
14. Prepare and present project status reports, including necessary reports and budgets.
15. Flexible and willing to change assignments and responsibilities regularly throughout the year.
16. Support all other activities as requested.

Supervisory Responsibility:
The Deputy Director will supervise the International Development group. In the absence of a Director of International Research Development they will directly supervise all Project Managers.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements: Masters degree in Business, Public Administration, Liberal Arts, Higher Education Administration or related field. Five years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications: Philosophy Doctorate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
• Strong ability to work autonomously and independently to manage project.
• Ability to be flexible and adjust to changing tasks, priorities and deadlines.
• Experience with making presentations and leading meetings.
• Ability to develop and organize a written plan with objective, actions, milestones, budgets, timelines, success measurements, and evaluation methods.
• Ability to write grants and proposals for external funding.
• Ability to use technology to deliver products and services.
• Ability to anticipate barriers to project completion; plan and manage contingencies.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Physical Requirements:
1. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
2. No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
3. No or very limited physical effort required.
4. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.
5. International travel will be required to perform some responsibilities

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online and submit Resume, Cover Letter, and Transcript.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination or apply for and receive a University-approved exemption before beginning employment with the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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