Updated: May 23, 2023
Department: Engr DO Research Development
Job Opening ID: 53390
Reports To: Associate Dean for Research and Innovation of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Working Title: Director of Research Development
Department: Engr DO Research Development
Bargaining Unit: 99
Payroll Job Code: 000387
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 8-5
Employee Class: Career
Founded in 1965, the Samueli School of Engineering educates more than 4,600 students (3,728 undergraduates and 961 graduates) with an integrative approach that blends fundamentals, research and hands-on experience. The School’s aim is to unleash innovation, create opportunities and inspire ingenuity. The School’s faculty members are leaders in their disciplines who have achieved worldwide recognition for their research and dedicated teaching. The School includes six academic departments. Under the leadership of the Dean, the School pursues research that is timely, socially responsible and cutting edge, and works in partnership with industry, state, and federal agencies to promote the transfer of research to applications that benefit society.
Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Director of Research Development is responsible for proactively facilitating the advancement of the research enterprise in the School of Engineering. Keeping with the school's strategic plan, provides leadership, direction and develops a culture of proactive support to generate major research proposals or training grants, the incorporation and launch of new faculty into the research enterprise, and the identification and communication of research opportunities. A critical goal in that effort is to enlarge the capacity of the faculty to initiate, discover, and respond to large-scale research efforts that cut across the boundaries of disciplines, departments, and Schools. The current research environment manifests a clear need for agility in developing and responding to convergent research needs, of growing importance across the entire portfolio of federal research funding agencies and foundations. This position will be critical in leading the SSoE on these initiatives and goals. The Director of Research Development is responsible for developing strategies to assist SSoE faculty with securing extramural funding for research, infrastructure, and student training from federal and state government agencies as well as corporate and foundation entities. Specific responsibilities include research program strategy development for the School of Engineering; coordination of large projects involving faculty and administrative staff from within SSoE and including various academic schools and central administrative units; identification and promotion of funding opportunities; assistance with proposal preparation and submission; and relationship building and implementation of programs to strengthen School of Engineering proposal development. The Director will maintain a strong relationship with School faculty and staff, the Office of Research, Advancement, and various academic units across the campus and the University of California system. Having wide-ranging experience, uses contracts and grants concepts and organization objectives to assess and resolve the most complex contracts and grants issues having organization-wide impact. Advises on the most complex proposals, including those involving large collaborations, international collaborators, and complex contracts. Reviews research / training contract and grant proposals to extramural sponsors to ensure the proper commitment of institutional resources and compliance with institutional and sponsor policies. Proposals and contracts have direct organization-wide impact.
In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our compensation practices
$95,300.00 - $140,400.00 (Annual Salary) Expected Pay Range within the Full Salary Range $95,300.00 - $185,500.00 (Annual Salary)
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Expert knowledge and understanding of the compliance and sponsor policies related to research administration. Expert knowledge of federal, state and non-profit sponsor regulations, policies, requirements, procedures and areas of interest. Demonstrated knowledge of regulations governing financial administration of federal and state government research contracts and grants at the individual investigator and investigator team approaches. Ability to perform highly complex financial analysis and customized reporting. Advanced skill to determine needs, analyze and explore options, and develop creative, flexible, sound plans. Demonstrated expert level competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports. Superior analytical skills to conduct planning for all research development needs. Leadership and mentoring skills to develop and oversee less experienced analysts. Proven leadership skills to provide effective guidance to a broad range of technical, administrative and programmatic employees. Expertise in the areas of fiscal management, human / animal subject compliance, intellectual property, conflict of interest, procurement, property management, and environmental health and safety as they relate to research development. Demonstrated advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles. Expert knowledge of effective grant funding processes, procedures and techniques Demonstrated skills developing complex large scale research initiatives, proposals and techniques. Demonstrated experience in facilitating large federally funded research proposals involving groups of faculty across multiple academic units, and across a wide area of research areas. Expert knowledge of techniques for identifying and securing funding opportunities. Ability to lead and implement grant writing and other research development resources for the organization. Excellent ability and demonstrated experience in guiding faculty researchers in crafting successful individual and team proposals, especially in a variety of convergent settings. Superior interpersonal and communication skills to develop, cultivate and maintain effective working relationship with a diverse audience at all organizational levels within and outside of the School of Engineering. Skill to apply logic and good judgment in decision making and skill to respond thoroughly and proactively to School needs in order to meet objectives and goals which further the academic mission of the School of Engineering. Excellent writing and speaking skills along with initiative to develop and maintain new relationships with funding sources, guide faculty and staff researchers towards successful research funding otherwise new to them, and provide infrastructure proposal materials needed to enhance research proposal success rates.
• A Ph.D. in an Engineering or other STEM field and five (5) years research development experience or equivalent education and experience preferred.
Working knowledge of research policies, procedures and practices of the UC system and in particular the University of California, Irvine.
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