Director, Faculty Research and Resources

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Director, Faculty Research and Resources

Posting Number: R0001800
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:Willamette University is seeking applications for the position of Director, Faculty Research and Resources in the Office of Grants and Strategic Initiatives. The Director leads the development and administration of externally funded grants, contracts, and related research functions for faculty across the University. The position reports to the Provost and works collaboratively with the Deans, Finance, Advancement, and other constituents to cultivate relationships with faculty and help principal investigators connect their research programs and interests to the University's mission and strategic priorities. In collaboration with the University's institutional grants staff, the Director will also be responsible for refining and enhancing the role of the Office of Grants and Strategic Initiatives.

Willamette is a nationally renowned private university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, as the first university in the western U.S., Willamette has become a leader in civic engagement and service. Our beautiful campus — located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and co-located with Tokyo International University of America — features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and graduate programs in the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Small classes, close student-faculty relationships, a commitment to collaborative research and a variety of programs provide an environment where teaching and learning flourish.

Essential duties for the Director include leading the Office of Faculty Research and Resources in all respects, including implementing best practices for:

  • providing leadership, strategic planning, and coordination with other offices on campus to support sponsored research;
  • promoting faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity;
  • working collaboratively with faculty and administrative units to promote a culture of grantsmanship and best practices;
  • conducting prospect research to identify new and appropriate funding sources, and disseminating information on external grants and awards;
  • assisting faculty members in proposal development, budget development, and submission of external funding proposals;
  • ensuring that proposals receive appropriate internal approvals and are in compliance with both university and agency policies;
  • collaborating with Willamette's Financial Operations division to ensure post-award support for PIs, including award setup, effective and compliant administration of awards, reporting, closeout, and negotiations with sponsor;
  • advancing research administration-related electronic systems and data support;
  • collaborating with Willamette's institutional research office to conduct grant data collection;
  • offering workshops and information to enhance faculty grant-seeking and competitiveness;
  • supervising sponsored research staff and assessment of office effectiveness;
  • performing committee service and other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred) and a minimum of 5 - 7 years experience in grant development and research administration or equivalent experience, preferably with demonstrated career progression;
  • demonstrated success in helping faculty members and staff in various disciplines and departments prepare competitive grant applications to external funders;
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills across academic disciplines and administrative departments;
  • strong customer service orientation and excellent writing and storytelling skills;
  • exceptional organizational, time management, and project management skills, including the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and in accordance with external project deadlines;
  • comprehensive knowledge of pre and post-award processes and administration, including a knowledge of federal policies and regulations related to sponsored projects;
  • computer expertise sufficient to carry out and advance the capacity of the office and experience using electronic research administration application software;
  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion best practices;
  • advanced training or certification in research development or sponsored-research administration preferred.

Employment at Willamette University means being part of a community that values education and its impact on the world and is friendly, supportive, and increasingly diverse. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section:
  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by January 7th, 2019.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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Posted: 12/4/2018
Application Due: 2/4/2019
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