Assistant Director, Research Innovation

United States, North America
May 02, 2014
About The Unit: The Office of the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories (OVPRNL) oversees the conduct of sponsored research, technology transfer, research program development, multi-institutional research institutes, national laboratory board and contract management functions, and joint appointments between the University, Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). OVPRNL is responsible for stewardship and oversight of the University's contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage Argonne and co-manage Fermilab through UChicago Argonne, LLC and Fermi Research Alliance, LLC. When combined with the national laboratory R&D budgets, the office oversees approximately $1.4 billion in sponsored research. OVPRNL works closely with individual scholars, departments, and divisions to encourage, seed, and coalesce research across the University and the national laboratories. Arete is a research accelerator for large-scale interdisciplinary, cross-divisional, collaborative research initiatives. Arete seeks to enhance the University's research enterprise by providing support for program conceptualization, proposal planning and development, and project management. Arete also proactively supports early-stage ambitious research projects with funding and administrative support necessary to develop them into large research programs.

Unit Job Summary: The Assistant Director works closely with (and reports to) the Director for Research Innovation to manage a comprehensive internal funding platform, including grant management and financial reporting. Related responsibilities include interacting with peer-reviewers, applicants, grantees and Advisory Council members. Writes or edits a variety of complex documents, including progress reports, briefings, and communications materials. Ensures that key support services are in place, including budget management, event organizing, and compiling and reporting impact measures. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - Manages all operational aspects of an online grant management platform, including compiling applications, communicating with web developers, conducting administrative review of proposals, and communicating with applicants and peer-reviewers. - Manages the budget and compiles progress reports - Provides logistical help in organizing events, including conferences and workshops. - Compiles and drafts progress reports and other communications materials. - Works with the Arete leadership to assess and implement operations strategies to develop early-stage research projects into large-scale research programs. - Identifies best practices for project management assessment, implements usage of information tracking tools, and manages regular assessment of processes and tools. - Develops and implements Arete's communications and dissemination strategies.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: At least one year of relevant experience required (in the area of project management, program development, event planning, and/or research administration) required. Experience with federal grant mechanisms preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail, required. (Upon applying for this position, please submit a writing sample that is five pages or less) Proven ability to handle multiple projects concurrently required. Documented ability to foster a cooperative work environment and motivate others is required. Proven ability to interact with faculty and facilitate discussions on complex topics required. Ability to take direction, as well as work with minimal supervision required. Proven ability to collaborate effectively and diplomatically with fellow staff members, as well as with students, faculty and agency contacts required. Proven ability to seek out, coordinate and appropriately disseminate information required. Ability to work successfully with frequent interruptions required. Ability to work on multiple tasks within strict deadlines is required. Ability to prioritize numerous projects to bring all to successful completion with a high degree of accuracy is required. Strategic and analytical thinking skills with an ability to solve problems and make effective decisions is required. A high degree of professionalism, discretion, tact and an ability to maintain confidentiality is required. Ability to negotiate on behalf of the unit and build consensus among a large number of diverse stakeholders is required. Ability to travel to Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is required. Proven computer skills are required (e.g., MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook email systems are preferred). An understanding of the nature of academic research and the university's priorities and aspirations preferred. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.