Associate Vice President for Research Operations

Eugene, Oregon
Jun 18, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Application Review Begins
July 15, 2019; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please upload a cover letter, CV and three professional references with your online application.

Department Summary
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research at the University of Oregon. Research, both basic and applied, is fundamental to the mission of the University and is essential to Oregon’s economic and civic vitality. The office is committed to enhancing these efforts by providing administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration. The office supports interdisciplinary research centers, essential core facilities and emboldens innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives. The UO has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research that continues through the production of new knowledge and innovative solutions to society’s grand challenges.

Position Summary
The Associate Vice President for Research Operations (AVPRO) will serve as the strategic leader for research operations including finance, human resources, and other research administration functions within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). This position will oversee a number of research administrative units such as Research Finance and Business Administration, Research Technology Services, Research Compliance Services, and Animal Welfare Services. The AVPRO will lead significant projects to improve research administration on campus. This position will report to Vice President for Research and Innovation or the Sr. Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree.
• Four years of supervisory experience
•Six years of related and increasingly responsible experience at a major research university, research institute, hospital, or research and development unit of a corporation in a broad range of management assignments.
• Progressive experience in leading and managing professional and administrative staffs in research and financial administrative settings.
• Demonstrated experience with leading, planning, or managing, complex projects, organizational development initiatives, policy and procedure development, and/or business process optimization. Professional Competencies
• Ability to manage change, program and service development, and continuous improvement.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and demands, as well as a changing landscape of regulations and priorities.
• Excellent professional written and oral communication.
• Strong financial management, including budget forecasting and ability to direct finance staff.
• Service-oriented perspective and approach.
• Ability to identify and analyze complex compliance issues and risks.
• Creative, collaborative, and strategic thinking skills.
• Demonstrates skills leading multiple stakeholders through collaboration and conflict resolution.
• Commitment to the cultivation and enhancement of diversity and inclusion of people of different cultures, backgrounds, and employee groups.
• Familiarity with regulatory issues in a complex environment including satisfying federal, state, and university regulations, while advancing the University’s goal of creating a facilitative environment for faculty research. •Strong skill and commitment to supervision, mentoring, and professional development of staff

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced or terminal degree in public administration, business administration, or law.
• Experience in an institution of comparable complexity.
• Experience in a team-based professional setting, including developing and leading teams.
• Experience managing a shared services environment.
• Experience implementing technology/automation projects.
• Experience with regulations associated with human subjects, animal subjects, conflict of interest, research misconduct, and/or export control.
• Experience with BANNER or similar enterprise software systems.