Associate Vice President for Research Development

Associate Vice President for Research Development
Office of The Vice President for Research
The University of Virginia's Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) seeks a visionary leader to help grow the size and impact of University research by creating opportunities for and supporting discovery and innovation by University researchers through research development.
The Associate Vice President for Research Development (AVPRD) works closely with the VPR and develops and leads the activities, operation, and staff of the Research Development Team, including the creation of a Proposal Development Unit. In this executive role, he/she aggressively and consistently pursues research opportunities for University researchers from federal and state agencies, industry, and foundations. Other key responsibilities include:
• Working closely with University-wide efforts to implement strategies for faculty research training and leadership development. He/she supports new training programs that help faculty who are early in their research career to develop and/or improve their skills in writing winning proposals. He/she also analyzes faculty grant performances and considers mechanisms to assist mid-career faculty to maintain or revive research funding levels;
• Striving to generate new streams of research support from federal, state, foundation and industrial sources. He/she works with researchers and staff to improve proposals and packages to seek/secure funding;
• Nurturing multi-disciplinary projects corresponding to the University's strategic research initiatives, including support for large-scale projects through strategy development, technical writing and budget creation;
• Working with University researchers and the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group to translate discoveries to the marketplace, creating intellectual, economic and societal impacts;
• Administering strategic seed funding initiatives to facilitate interdisciplinary research at the University with high potential for future external support. He/she also analyzes performance of seed funding efforts;
• Managing the Pan-University Institutes that report to the VPR, and working with the Provost office to provide coordination for establishing, continuing and evaluating all Centers and Institutes;
• In partnership with the Schools, developing creative and financially feasible strategies to maximize the efficacy of shared research facilities and equipment across the university, and potentially across institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
• Partnering with the Research Roundtable (Associate Deans for Research from all Schools at the University, Executive Director for the Applied Research Institute, and Assistant Vice President for Research Administration) to identify issues, solve problems, and establish new programs in research operations;
• Representing the VPR and the Office of the VPR at meetings and functions as needed, especially in facilitating research collaborations across Virginia's research institutions.
A competitive applicant for the AVPRD role will possess:
• a PhD or equivalent in engineering, physical or life sciences, education or other area;
• the ability to work in a team-based environment to achieve common goals;
• the ability to quickly develop knowledge and appreciation for the breadth of University research, academic excellence, creative works, and innovation strengths;
• the ability to think strategically and independently with a keen attention to detail;
• a successful track record in research and project management;
• outstanding oral and written communication skills;
• a history of mentoring and developing researchers in and beyond their own discipline; and
• the ability to cultivate relationships and build high-performing teams.
The ideal candidate may possess varied experience in and/or understanding of:
• funding agencies that support university research, as well as industrial, NGO and foundation partners;
• university technology commercialization processes and intellectual property; and
• extramural funding of research programs.
Qualified candidates may also be considered for a faculty appointment in an appropriate department and school at the University of Virginia commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To express interest in this opportunity, please send a cover letter stating your interest in the position, along with a CV and the names and contact information for three references, to Melissa Hurst at The search process will be carried out with full confidentiality; candidates will be notified before references are contacted.
If nominating an individual for this opportunity, please include the nominee's contact information and send electronically to Melissa Hurst, Director of Recruiting and Senior Search Consultant at
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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Authorized to work in the US


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  • Full Time