Assistant Director for Research Program Development

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-18
Req: JR04706
Department85650 Ofc VP Research And Nat'L Labs

About the UnitThe Office for Research and National Laboratories (RINL) supports faculty and researchers in the conduct of sponsored research and research proposal development, and oversees technology transfer, research safety, research computing, and several research institutes on behalf of the University. When combined with the national laboratory R&D budgets, the office supports approximately $1.5 billion in sponsored research. The Research Development Support team (RDS), a unit in the RINL, partners with faculty and University leadership to develop multiyear funding, collaboration, and growth plans for complex research initiatives. The team provides customized support services catered to the development of new research initiatives, from establishing key success variables for launching multidisciplinary centers to creating diversified and sustainable funding portfolios.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director for Research Program Development will report to the Executive Director for Arete and will lead in the formation of research development initiatives across the University and in connection to the National Labs. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Executive Directors of Arete and the Arete team to successfully launch and fund select high-priority initiatives and proposals; lead in administering team operational practices; analyze federal research development opportunities; and represent Arete and the OVPRNL at external events and explores partnerships around research priorities.


High-Priority Initiatives (60%)

  • Working with director, identifies new research and collaboration opportunities, and provides leadership to ensure their successful launch
  • Fosters development of interdepartmental, multi-disciplinary, innovative research programs and proposals
  • Collaborates with university officials and multidisciplinary faculty teams to strategically develop funding and research growth opportunities
  • Consults with deans, institute directors, and other senior administrators to develop strategies for launching new research initiatives
  • Pursues industry, individual donor, and foundation support for Arete projects in collaboration with Development Office colleagues

Arete Operations (30%)

  • Lead development of administrative processes for Arete operations
  • Implement team operations processes and update all team members on protocols, best practices, templates, etc.
  • Provides analysis of quarterly and annual metrics and reports
  • Liaise with relevant University offices to optimize Arete's ability to interact effectively within the University environment
  • External Collaborations (10%)
  • Represents Arete and the OVPRNL at external events and explores partnerships around key research priorities
  • Builds collaborations around regional initiatives, including working with industry partners and nonprofits in order to expand research program opportunities at the University


  • Demonstrated ability to work across groups and coordinate multidisciplinary teams and intra- and inter-institutional partnerships
  • Experience in a research environment with knowledge of relevant federal agencies, policies, and procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with scientific grant writing and proposal development
  • In-depth knowledge of, and passion for cuttingedge research and science
  • Proven ability to interact with faculty and facilitate discussions on complex topics
  • Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with fellow staff members, as well as with students, faculty and agency contacts
  • Documented ability to foster a cooperative work environment and motivate others
  • Proven ability to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Ph.D. in the physical, biological, or medical sciences strongly preferred


  • 2-5 years of work experience required
  • At least three years of progressively responsible experience in academia and/or DOE National Laboratories preferred
  • Experience in project management, research administration, complex proposal development, research program development or capture management preferred
  • Grant proposal experience preferred

Required Documents:

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference list

NOTE: When applying, all applying all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit EligibilityYes

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay RangeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5


Job is Exempt?Yes

Drug Test Required?No

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?No

Health Screen Required?No

Posting Date2019-04-18-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-10-18-07:00

Posting Statement:The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Posted: 4/19/2019
Application Due: 6/22/2019
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