Associate, Research Development

Tucson, AZ
Jan 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Research Innovation & Impact

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona is in search of a Research Development Associate (RDA). The RDA in Research Development Services (RDS) has the primary responsibility of supporting faculty in pursuit of awards, recognitions, honors, & nominations, ultimately working with campus colleagues to advance institutional goals. These awards include those deemed "highly prestigious" by the National Research Council, as well as certain field-specific recognitions. The RDA should have demonstrated knowledge of these awards & a successful track record of developing, reviewing, and/or editing nomination letters & supporting applications. In addition, the RDA will support the limited submissions program as many of the currently identified award opportunities are institutionally limited.

The RDA should demonstrate interest in strategic planning & project team facilitation. This role requires a self-directed individual with excellent oral & written communication skills as well as a professional demeanor. This role demands that the individual be forward-thinking in anticipating award & funding opportunities, possess a collaborative approach with attitude for excellence, & creativity.

RDS was established in 2014 as part of the commitment of the University of Arizona's Research, Discovery & Innovation to provide research support for faculty. RDS is charged with engaging in strategic, proactive, catalytic, & capacity-building activities with University of Arizona researchers to attract increased extramural research funding. Since inception, RDS has supported more than $300 million in awards to faculty at the University of Arizona.

While the University of Arizona is currently in a remote-work situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that the candidate be based in, or be willing to relocate to, Tucson, AZ.

Outstanding UA benefits include health,dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs;paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for theemployee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans;access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!</em>

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as point person and resource for faculty related awards, honors, and nominations (honorifics) for achievements in research, scholarly, and creative activity
  • Develop full understanding of needs and goals of the UA research community related to support of aforementioned recognition
  • Receive invited opportunities submitted to RII, UA Provost’s Office, and UA President’s Office, and coordinate appropriately
  • Leverage institutional and college level efforts, including existing awards committees, for maximal impact and success
  • Identify, coordinate, and disseminate relevant opportunities
  • Provide strategic guidance for nomination packages such as competitive intelligence, scheduling of packet materials, and letters of support/nomination
  • Provide nomination development support including drafting, consolidation, technical and non-technical editing, and formatting
  • Coordinate, based on research expertise, with others on RDS team regarding nomination review, as needed
  • Provide regular reports related to dissemination and preparation of awards, recognitions, and honorifics
  • Support management of online nomination content, electronic submission programs, and review for internal pre-selection/limited submission (if necessary)
  • Coordinate with relevant campus colleagues including RII units, MarComms, Provost’s Office, and UA Foundation
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree and three years of experience in research development-related activities OR
  • PhD and one year experience in research development-related activities



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$60,000 - $70,000

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Research Development

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies:


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Contact Information for Candidates:

Connie Gardner
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Finalists will be asked to participate in a short exercise, e.g., alignment of an award profile with potential applicants. Ideally, the position will begin no later than February 1, 2021.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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