Director of Research
Research Administration Director
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
Cornell University is seeking a dynamic and committed
Director of Research Development to oversee the Research
Development (RD) team within the Office of Sponsored Programs
What will you do?
Cornell University has enjoyed an increase in
successful large collaborative grant applications in recent years,
both on our Ithaca campus, and as part of an effort to increase
multi-disciplinary research between Ithaca and our campuses in New
York City, including Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech. The
Director will build on this success and work with investigators to
raise the quality and quantity of submitted and successful complex,
multi-PI, large funding applications for research grant
opportunities from federal and non-federal sources. The Director
will identify and promote opportunities for collaboration, ensure
implementation of strategic planning initiatives, and spearhead new
and innovative academic, research and scholarly initiatives to
improve and enhance inter-disciplinary research activities at
Cornell. The Director will work with early career researchers to
identify funding opportunities and to provide strategic support and
resources to help to launch their research careers.
The Director will provide leadership to integrate
diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices within Research
Development programming, resources and proposal development
activities; cultivate collaborative strategic partnerships and
build community relationships to ensure efforts are inclusive of
the broader voices that sponsored proposals often aim to serve.
The Director will work with PIs, the Office of the
Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) leadership, the
Sr. Director of OSP and Research Development, and the Director of
Research Development (CALS) to facilitate the strategic planning
and submission of select large grant opportunities. The Director
will establish strong interactions with research faculty across the
campus, understand research strengths at Cornell, and leverage
these strengths to assemble diverse research teams to respond to
grant opportunities that arise.
The Director will oversee a team of 4 collaborative,
talented and dedicated staff on the RD team, who support the
administrative management of the Research Advisory Committee,
limited submissions, communication of funding opportunities,
communication of RD services to the broader Cornell community,
partnership development, and coordination of outreach and training
sessions. The Director will develop and implement specialized
training and outreach including workshops for early-career faculty
and agency-specific training such as NSF Career, DOD, NSF, NIH, and
USDA. The Director will work with agencies and PIs to facilitate
program officer introductions; provide “concierge” services to new
faculty to develop strategic research plans, navigate Cornell
resources, research processes, forms, and systems; and identify
What qualifications are
Graduate degree in science or engineering with a
minimum of 7 years of experience successfully managing proposal
development in a highly decentralized, multi-disciplinary research
organization, and ideally in an academic setting.
Proven ability to direct and motivate a team of
An in-depth understanding of the proposal preparation
and submission process and proven successful experience working
with researchers to develop successful multi-million dollar grant
applications to major federal funding agencies. Ability to
understand and explain organization policies and positions on
topics such as intellectual property rights, facilities and
administration costs, and cost-sharing. Demonstrated ability to
interpret and understand funding agency and program priorities,
policies, politics, and deadlines. Ability to analyze program
announcements and work with senior management and researchers to
develop proposal strategies. Proven ability to develop effective
project plans, timelines, and deliverables and to assemble teams to
provide the expertise to complete projects.
Proven success in working effectively with
investigators across multiple campuses and disciplines, and with
administrative staff and sponsors.
Strong commitment to and understanding of diversity
and inclusion in a higher education setting with a proven ability
to positively interact with all levels of staff, faculty,
university leadership and other constituents from diverse
Ability to understand and navigate formal and informal
decision-making networks and to communicate effectively with a
variety of stakeholders within a highly decentralized organization,
and with individuals external to the organization. Proven success
in leading projects through influence and collaboration.
Excellent oral and written communication skills,
including development and delivery of training, presentations to
individuals and groups; editing; expertise in scientific writing
and grantsmanship; developing written guidance, directions, and
procedures that are end-user friendly and focused; and in engaging
external and internal stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.
Ability to handle sensitive information and communicate with tact
and diplomacy to a wider range of internal and external
Exceptional problem solving, organizational, and
analysis skills. Ability to utilize office software and other
electronic tools to successfully and efficiently conduct tasks.
Acute sense of the importance of deadlines and
excellent time management and customer service skills.
What qualifications might give you an
PhD in science, technology, or engineering.
Research experience and/or managing a research operation in a large
decentralized organization, preferably in academia, is
It is expected that the individual in this role
will be primarily working in person on the Cornell Ithaca campus
with some flexibility for a hybrid remote work schedule.
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resume and cover letter to your application.
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