Research Opportunity Development Manager

Apr 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Opportunity Development Manager

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: Research Solutions Institute

Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a Research Opportunity Development Manager position to support our growth in research. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Research (VPR), the Research Opportunity Development Manager (RODM) produces, manages and implements programs and services designed to increase the competitiveness of proposals for extramural funding, with an emphasis on development of large-scale interdisciplinary activities.

The RODM position is part of a multi-hire, strategic initiative to strengthen the research infrastructure at WPI and will be part of the new Research Solutions Institute (RSI). The RODM will participate in the expansion of existing disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programs and the development of new initiatives, working with teams of faculty to develop strategies for multi-million dollar programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • • Facilitates networking, team-building, proposal planning and coordination for large-scale, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-center collaborations.
    • Strengthens the institutional infrastructure for promoting interdisciplinary research and proposal development across the Institute.
    • Advises faculty on federal and other funding opportunities and coordinates the establishment of faculty teams to develop and submit competitive proposals.
    • Focuses on building a portfolio of sponsorship from diverse sources, including industry and maps faculty strengths to key sponsor initiatives.
    • Develops and maintains relationships with federal and non-federal extramural sponsors in support of research development efforts.
    • Works closely with Sponsored Programs Accounting and Intellectual Property and Innovation to develop and deliver training workshops. Participates in VPR and WPI-wide working groups and committees to identify and develop resources that support research.

    Position Requirements

  • • A graduate degree in STEM or equivalent experience in research and proposal development.
    • At least five years of related industry experience in scientific or engineering areas or experience in research development with an emphasis on multi-investigator proposal development.
    • Extensive knowledge of federal and non-federal sponsors supporting research and education activities, preferably in a university environment.
    • Excellent communications skills, strong problem solving skills, ability to drive decisions, ability to see the big picture and grasp complex interconnections.
    • Demonstrated experience analyzing complex solicitations and translating technical concepts into a well-written fundable proposal.
    • Training in research and writing; excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
    • Experience with project/program management and scheduling tools with a proven track-record in managing complex R&D initiatives.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to manage an unpredictable and time-sensitive caseload of complex assignments while providing quality service and meeting deadlines.
    • Strong interpersonal and organizations skills with a demonstrated ability to build consensus and lead teams in order to achieve desired outcomes.

    Posting Date: 03/17/2017

    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England—home to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.

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