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Senior Research Development Coordinator

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Research/Interdisc. Prog. - Admin
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Other, Research / Scientific

Job Description

Through a portfolio of administrative support and services, investment, unique research talent and capabilities, and world-class facilities, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) bolsters this research enterprise by helping faculty, staff, and students plan, perform, and commercialize groundbreaking research. OVPRI comprises research administrative support offices, including Sponsored Programs, Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance, Animal Resources and Care, Industry Partnerships and Foundation Relations, Technology Licensing, Export Control and Secure Research Compliance, and Electronic Research Administration. In addition, OVPRI is the home to five Virginia Tech world renowned research institutes, including the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, and the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment. The latter three institutes are a primary mechanism for investing in researchers across the Virginia Tech campuses, with a combination of unique shared facilities, seed grants, and student and faculty assistance.

The Senior Research Development Coordinator will coordinate the University's programs and resources that support faculty pursuit of external sponsors for their research. In this new position, reporting to the VPRI and working with partners in colleges, institutes, and administrative offices across Virginia Tech, the Coordinator will be critical to meeting Virginia Tech strategic goals in growth of sponsored research activity. The Coordinator will develop, advertise, and support activities that position faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students for future sponsored research opportunities, identify specific opportunities and build teams to respond to them, and support the development of large-scale proposals (including large transdisciplinary proposals) and projects based upon team science and scholarship.

The Coordinator will help position the university for future success in sponsored research programs. This includes developing and coordinating training and professional development for faculty and postdocs in areas including grant writing, team building, research program management, and identifying funding opportunities. It also includes promoting thought leadership and community building through sponsorship of seminars and workshops in priority areas.

The Coordinator will anticipate, identify, compile, and disseminate funding opportunities relevant to Virginia Tech faculty. Through coordination with the Office of Strategic Alliances and monitoring strategic priorities of sponsors, the Coordinator will support faculty and postdocs in their search and preparation for new funding opportunities. In addition, the Coordinator will provide support to the Offices of Strategic Alliances and Government Relations, and the Center for Advancing Partnerships (LINK) as they pursue major strategic partnerships with the federal government, industry, and private foundations.

The Coordinator will support faculty response to major funding opportunities, including through the management of the limited submission process. For major opportunities, the Coordinator will work with the VT Faculty Activity Support Team, the Associate Deans for Research, and the Office of Sponsored Programs to help build teams, identify partners, coordinate cost share (where applicable), and manage proposal development.

Required Qualifications

• Master's degree or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience;
• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences;
• Knowledge and experience with funding agencies, including federal, industry, or non-profit sponsors;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to diversity;
• Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a broad range of colleagues and partners at multiple levels;
• Demonstrated experience working in research development or research funding related roles.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience directly managing teams or programs;
• Previous experience in or with an academic setting;
• Strong supervisory skills with the ability to delegate work.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

July 6, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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