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Associate Vice President for Research and Faculty Development

North Dakota State University
Fargo, North Dakota
Commensurate with Experience

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The Office of Vice President for Research and Creative Activity (RCA) of North Dakota State University (NDSU) invites applications and nominations as they launch a national search for an Associate Vice President for Research and Faculty Development.

The Associate Vice President will be a strategic resource for promoting research development across campus, provide mentorship and resources for faculty to be successful in external funding, and support interdisciplinary research initiatives.

This is an exciting and dynamic time at NDSU, which was recently designated with the Carnegie R1 Classification, doctoral university - very high research activity. With new leadership in President David Cook and Vice President for Research and Creative Activity Colleen Fitzgerald, the research enterprise is poised to build on recent successes, including significant awards from the National Science Foundation in various areas, like a $14 million award from NSF's new Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Directorate, and R-01 and Center for Biomedical Research awards from the National Institutes of Health. NDSU had its second most successful year to date in dollars awarded for the 2022 fiscal year.

The position will play a vital role in supporting NDSU faculty in all the disciplines across campus (STEM, arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and more) and will implement resources and professional development opportunities to enhance skills for leading successful proposals, including large interdisciplinary initiatives. NDSU has an extraordinarily generous package of benefits and retirement through the state of North Dakota.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Lead the office in providing proposal assistance to faculty to enhance the competitiveness of applications. Oversee programs involving research development, internal funding, and limited submissions. Establish and implement processes and procedures for research development programs. Create and maintain systems and resources for disseminating information about funding opportunities, application processes, and other grants-related information. Perform internal outreach to identify faculty and institutional interests and needs. Build and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty to promote excellence and growth in research and scholarly activity. Promote NDSU’s research capabilities and accomplishments to strengthen its visibility with external funding sources. Enhance and facilitate development of convergent/transdisciplinary proposals.  Provide mentoring in developing convergent research.  Identify opportunities for collaboration. Attend relevant professional meetings.  Keep abreast of developments in federal opportunities, regulations, policies, and procedures. Provide training and mentoring on funding agency opportunities and developing strategies for writing to different agencies. Mentor early career faculty on research career development. Supervise support staff, including a Research Development Coordinator. Ability to perform other duties as necessary.

Advertised Salary  

Commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or terminal degree Minimum of six (6) years of higher education experience with at least three (3) years in administration. Strong record of scholarly and/or creative activities, including external funding. Demonstrated experience with developing research proposals and managing awards. Familiarity with federal regulations and policies for grant funding. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Ability to multi-task diverse projects. Demonstration of excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Tenured Associate Professor or above Experience as a current or former federal or private foundation program officer (grants program director).

Application Process

Any questions about the search can be directed to the search committee at [email protected]. While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, full consideration will be given to candidates who submit application materials by October 24, 2022. Applications accepted online at (job posting: Assoc VP- Res & Faculty Dev #2944896.) Please include a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for four (4) references (references will not be contacted without prior discussion with the candidate), and a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications with your application materials.

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to a current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. NDSU is committed to diversity and encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.


 NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the state.

NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018).  NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes.   Fargo made’s top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall. 

No Smoking Notice

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Veteran’s Preference Notice

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or [email protected].



North Dakota State University has enjoyed a remarkable period of growth and expanded academic opportunities, and it is recognized as a national model of the contemporary land-grant institution. Located on the state's eastern border in Fargo, North Dakota's largest city, NDSU is the state's Morrill Act land-grant institution. North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country. NDSU is in the elite category of "Research Universities/Very High Research Activity." NDSU is one of two flagship universities in North Dakota, with several programs ranked in the Top 100 by the National Science Foundation.

NDSU has continuously set numerous enrollment records, and currently enrolls more than 14,700 students. NDSU encompasses a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, scholarly activity and service. The university strives to be an innovator in information systems, technology transfer, economic development and lifelong learning. NDSU also is home to the state's first full NCAA Division I athletic program, and has been highly successful across several sports, including an unprecedented four consecutive national championships in football.

Innovative teaching and learning are conducted in nine academic units: the Colleges of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Engineering; Human Development and Education; Health Professions; Science and Mathematics; University Studies; and the Graduate School. NDSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and approximately 135 graduate degree programs of study. Degrees are awarded at the doctoral, master’s, professional, and baccalaureate levels. Various undergraduate minors and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels also are available.

NDSU research productivity continues to steadily climb, and slightly more than $150 million in research expenditures were reported for the upcoming National Science Foundation survey. NDSU’s research intensity frequently places it in lists of top 100 research universities. NDSU is home to exceptional research infrastructure, and new partnerships are underway, providing world class opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff researchers at this student-focused, land-grant, research institution. The NDSU Research and Technology Park and Technology Incubator located on campus are home to fast-paced, entrepreneurial, high-growth companies that promote technology-based economic development in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension Service are integral parts of the university.

One of the university's latest additions is the new STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) instruction building on campus, designed to enhance student learning through state-of-the art classrooms and labs. NDSU believes that the universal design of the building will serve as a statewide model for other colleges and universities. The building will have three floors and more than 109,000 square feet. Spaces in the building will be devoted exclusively to labs and traditional science and engineering classrooms as well as modular open frame flexible classrooms that would range in size from 20 to an auditorium that would house 250-500 students.

NDSU employs more than 750 ranked faculty and lecturers, about 245 extension educators and experiment station researchers, and more than 950 graduate assistants and fellows. In total, the university has more than 6,300 full-time and part-time employees across the state.

NDSU is part of an 11-institution state university system. NDSU also serves people across the state through continuing education and extension programs. NDSU participates in the Tri-College University consortium with neighboring Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College.

The Community

NDSU is located in Fargo, a metropolitan area that is often listed as one of the best places to live in the country. Fargo is quietly earning a reputation as a perfect place to make a home. Nestled in the rich farmlands of the Red River Valley, the Fargo-Moorhead community has many qualities that contribute to this reputation, including a highly respected educational system; advanced medical technology; a progressive business community; numerous cultural and arts opportunities; clean air and water; and good-hearted, friendly people.

Fargo-Moorhead is among the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. More than 230,000 people make their home in Cass and Clay Counties. One of the reasons people choose NDSU as a place to get a good education is that the F-M community provides students access to part-time jobs, internships, parks and other recreational facilities, entertainment, and cultural amenities.

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