Director of Defense and Security Collaborations

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The University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Defense and Security Collaborations.

UGA is ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University is a land-grant and sea-grant institution with the main campus located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, and extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton.

UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the birthplace of public higher education in America. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 37,000 students, including over 28,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Additional information about the University of Georgia is available at

The University of Georgia, with its rapidly expanding grants portfolio, seeks an experienced individual to deepen existing relationships, as well as build new collaborations, with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other mission-driven agencies.  The University enjoys important but isolated relationships with these sponsors and is intent on increasing grant and contract funding to UGA from the U.S. Department of Defense and other similar federal agencies.  Reporting jointly to the Vice President for Research and the Dean of the College of Engineering, the Director of Defense and Security Collaborations will accomplish these goals by working closely and collaboratively with colleagues in Sponsored Projects Administration, the Office for Proposal Enhancement, Innovation Gateway (UGA’s tech commercialization arm), Government Affairs, and administrators and faculty in colleges and departments across the university.  Of particular importance will be leveraging the recent growth of the College of Engineering into new opportunities for grant-sponsored and contract-sponsored translational research.  Formed only six years ago, enrollment in the UGA College of Engineering has grown from approximately 450 students to over 2,200 today, the faculty size has nearly doubled, and research expenditures have tripled.  The college has received funding from several DoD agencies, including DARPA, the US Air Force, the US Navy, and the US Army, and the Director of Defense and Security Collaborations will be expected to build on these successes and others across the University to expand the DoD funding portfolio even further. 

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the knowledgeable UGA point of contact for DoD with respect to UGA expertise and reciprocally for UGA faculty interested in DoD opportunities.
  • Regularly attend DoD meetings (e.g., proposer day events), visit DoD facilities, network with DoD program officials, attend relevant webinars and monitor online opportunities, sharing information gleaned via these channels with appropriate UGA parties.
  • Identify UGA research faculty, programs and assets that align with evolving DoD priorities and encourage and assist relevant faculty and administrators in connecting with appropriate DoD officials and taking advantage of DoD funding opportunities.
  • Work with the Office of Research to maintain an up-to-date, user friendly database of DoD priorities and funding opportunities.
  • As appropriate, work with others at UGA to write or help write proposals for DoD grants and contracts.
  • Similar responsibilities listed above for other mission-driven agencies.


Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree.

Preferred qualifications: At least five years of directly relevant experience securing DoD grants or contracts at a major U.S. research university or private contractor. An advanced degree in a relevant engineering or science-related field and experience engaging teams of collaborative researchers in DoD-relevant programs. Currently possess or have the ability to obtain security clearance.

Applications: Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by March 14, 2019; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.  The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current resume; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).

All applicants must apply online at Please see the job posting at:

To request additional information for this position or provide a nomination please contact Lisa Christopher, Primary Consultant with the UGA Search Group, at [email protected] or 706-542-5196. Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. As such, the University of Georgia is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.




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Job No: S02437P
Posted: 2/8/2019
Application Due: 4/9/2019
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