Research Development Manager - College of ACES Office of Research ( A1800306 )

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Research Development Manager, Office of Research

College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

The Office of Research, College of ACES, seeks two dynamic candidates to serve as Research Development Managers. These positions will primarily address the research development and management needs of the College of ACES including support for ongoing and new, internally and federally funded initiatives, and assist with steering of the ACES research program for private and public funds by identifying funding opportunities, informing and coordinating collaborative teams, analyzing, editing and reviewing proposal objectives and content, and managing timelines.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop position papers to articulate research visions and strategies of the College of ACES in collaboration with the Research Deans and Principal Investigators; Manage calls, reviews and awards for internally (Hatch) supported seed grant programs (FIRE, Vision 20/20, Dudley Smith, outreach components etc).
  • Support the development, writing, editing and submission of research proposals potentially involving multiple investigators, departments, disciplines and institutions;
  • Manage the distribution of information related to funding opportunities for ACES investigators and their collaborators through development of strategic presentations, project summaries, and position papers; Manage the distribution of information related to successful awards and resultant discoveries. Initiate contact and collaborate with media and marketing groups and provide content for the ACES Office of Research website. Assist in publicizing research summaries of federally funded (Hatch) initiatives;
  • Supervise and conduct online searches for scholarly research materials and other grant intelligence;
  • Serve as liaison with grant support units from across campus to elevate the position of ACES in campus-wide funding solicitations from both private and public grantors;
  • Monitor national and international funding trends related to disciplines and research strategies in ACES and communicate current and anticipated funding opportunities to ACES research community.
  • Partner with faculty, other professional staff, and Research Deans to identify research needs and funding opportunities from internal and external sources for ACES across disciplines and with outside collaborators.
  • Communicate and follow up as appropriate with ACES and campus faculty and staff and with Program Directors at private, state and federal agencies to explore funding opportunities and new interdisciplinary research initiatives and oversee distribution of information (proposal directives, new initiatives, deadlines, future priority areas, etc.) for those opportunities.
  • Working with the Director of the Experiment Station, develop guidelines, timelines and reporting mechanisms for internally funded Hatch projects. Work with the data analysts to facilitate summary reporting.
  • Integrate information from faculty and grant/contract organizations to identify present and future research and/or funding trends. Evaluate the applicability of internal and external funding programs to ACES research strategies.
  • Lead teams of scientists and staff in the preparation of funding applications.
  • Organize and manage project teams to foster collaborations through convening and facilitating meetings, creating action plans and timelines, planning for contingencies, and establishing goals, roles and responsibilities.
  • Connect Principal Investigators (PIs) with university and college resources to facilitate the development of high quality, competitive funding proposals for internal and external awards.
  • Manage proposal timelines and shared content, ensure attainment of submission deadlines, and verify that all approvals and documentation are included as required. Work with College and University staff in submission processes.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of a grant intelligence system to make ACES faculty aware of all possible funding opportunities from private, internal and external granting agencies such as foundations, commodity groups, not-for-profit, and other organizations.
  • Analyze funding announcement objectives and ensure proposal elements align appropriately. Edit, integrate, and write portions of the grant proposals to express the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaborations and ensure appropriate design of proposal strategies. Ensure all proposal elements have a common and cohesive vision.
  • Plan and draft technical and non-technical sections of proposals, as well as edit drafts produced by others. Assist with budget preparation and budget justification to align with sponsor requirements.
  • Organize internal peer reviewers as needed to review scientific narratives before submission to the internal (Hatch) and external sponsors and analyze feedback from those reviews to apply comments/edits to the scientific narrative.
  • Conduct training sessions on proposal development for faculty and staff based on the best practices and proven success rates. Customize proposal development strategies to address internally funded and externally funded research needs.
  • In collaboration with Principal Investigators and ACES communications and marketing, develop white papers, documents, PowerPoint presentations, feasibility studies and brochures that outline the research vision, accomplishments, and strategies of ACES research, whether funded internally or externally.
  • Monitor funding activities and analyze award statistics to demonstrate returns on research investments. Develop outreach materials to communicate the impacts of internally and externally funded research efforts of the college.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:


Required: Master's degree required.

Preferred: PhD degree in business, science, engineering or other related fields preferred.


  • At least 3 years of broad-based experience in scientific and research writing in an academic or government institution e.g., grant proposals, feasibility studies, scientific communications documents, strategic science policy documents, research proposals, etc.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in successful management of complex project teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of successful funding proposals and/or other strategic documents.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Appointment Status: There are 2 positions available. 100% FTE 12-month Academic Professional appointments.

Salary: commensurate with experience

Proposed Starting Date: as soon as possible after the closing date

Application Procedures: Please create your candidate profile at and upload your resume, a cover letter, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references, etc. by the close date of June 15, 2018. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information, please contact Dr. Rodney Johnson, Search
Committee Chair, via e-mail ([email protected]). For technical
assistance with the online application process, call
217-333-6747 or email [email protected]

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The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of ACES
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Development Manager - College of ACES Office of Research ( A1800306 )
Open Date: 05/17/2018
Close Date: 06/15/2018
Organization Name: Office of Research





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Posted: 5/18/2018
Application Due: 6/16/2018
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