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Research Administration Training and Development Specialist

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Sponsored Programs
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus, Hybrid
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Other, Research / Scientific, Grants / Contracts

Job Description

Virginia Tech seeks a Research Administration Training and Development Specialist to develop and foster training, development and outreach initiatives in support of research financial and non-financial administration and compliance activities. This position will support the research administration, compliance and scholarly integrity efforts to minimize financial, contractual and regulatory exposure. In pursuit of this mission, this position will serve as an integral partner with the university’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance (SIRC) division in providing resources to internal stakeholders. Research is a fundamental part of the university’s mission and OSP and SIRC are key partners in oversight and support of faculty research efforts.

OSP’s mission is to provide a comprehensive array of support services for faculty and staff as they pursue and manage external funding projects. SIRC’s mission is to facilitate scholarly excellence by fostering ethical decision-making and ensure research regulatory compliance.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs, with a dotted line reporting to the Associate Vice President for Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance, the Research Administration Training and Development Specialist will foster cross functional partners to design, develop, scale, deliver and evaluate training needs provided by OSP and SIRC. The specialist is expected to be innovative and passionate about developing people and delivering training programs using current tools and trends in learning (especially the complexity of virtual learning and meaningfully connecting with dispersed teams in a remote work environment), as well as facilitating discussions with leaders, and project planning the design and execution of large-scale learning events.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree in a related field or a Bachelor’s degree and significant experience in instructional design, training, and development or workforce/adult education.
• Considerable experience with program management, development of training modules, and presentation of training programs. Experience with computer software used in developing and presenting training programs.
• Accomplished trainer and facilitator, strong speaker.
• Strong influence, negotiation, creative problem solving, and people management skills to navigate various viewpoints and develop consensus.
• Possess broad knowledge of research administration regulatory requirements.
• Well versed in adult learning principles and teaching methods.
• Versed in appropriate organization of training materials (DDI, Bloom’s Taxonomy).
• Proficient in various prescriptive instructional design methodologies (ADDIE, SAM, AGILE, etc.) in the delivery of a variety of communication methods.
• Ability to manage a variety of projects with varying levels of complexity to successful completion with minimal supervision.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to relate to people at all levels and a variety of working styles.

Preferred Qualifications

• Have a certified research administration credential (CRA) or other research compliance certification (e.g., CIP, CPIA).
• Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM) or Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).
• Project management or process improvement mechanisms.
• Experience developing and facilitating training programs in a research or academic environment.
• Familiarity with the application of the Code of Federal Regulations, federal circulars, and major agency policies and regulations.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Review Date

July 6, 2022

Additional Information

Position is eligible for a hybrid/remote work arrangement and the details of remote work will be negotiated upon an offer.

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 military 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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