Vice President for Research



Vice President for Research - Office of Research and Economic Development

Index 260080, Position 418010

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: An earned doctorate from an accredited university. Demonstrated success fostering a culture of research, scholarship, and/or creativity amongst faculty, staff, students. Demonstrated success in securing and managing grants and contracts. Experience promoting and developing research and scholarship across all disciplines. Experience fostering relationships among internal and external stakeholders. Record of progressively increasing levels of administrative responsibilities. Excellent communication skills. Preferred: Familiarity and experience with Pre-award grant administration (e.g. proposal development, budget development, proposal submission, award negotiation, acceptance). Familiarity with and ability to facilitate post-award grant administration (e.g. sub awards, financial compliance, facilities management, indirect funds distribution, project reporting, no-cost extensions, project close-outs). Familiarity and experience with Research Compliance (e.g. IRB, IACUC, biosafety, RCR). Familiarity and experience with managing shared resources, facilities, and infrastructure. Experience serving as an advisor for doctoral students. Demonstrated executive leadership skills including long-term visionary leadership and strategic thinking.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Vice-President is responsible for enhancing the overall research stature of Tennessee Tech University and assisting the institution in fulfilling its mission to provide a strong and vibrant capacity for research, innovation, and economic development in the state of Tennessee and the Nation. This position carries administrative responsibility for a wide range of research programs and policies in cooperation with other University bodies; an important aspect of which is the College of Graduate Studies. This individual will play a major role in building relationships with government, industry, and community agencies to increase research funding and research opportunities for faculty and the University. Familiarity and experience with research administration, including both pre-award and post-award; they will also have experience in research compliance and security, the management of shared resources and facilities, and overseeing intellectual property and technology transfer. They will have demonstrated success in executive leadership responsibilities, including the development of long-term strategic plans, prioritization of resources, as well as collaboration and consensus building from diverse groups when making strategic decisions. Finally, a successful candidate will possess a strong record of budgeting and fiduciary accountability, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to promoting diversity across all levels. It is also essential that they have the ability to interact effectively with academic colleagues, governance bodies, research agencies, business leaders, government, and the community.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience; Administrative Pay Grade EX28. The University offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen (13) University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants will be required to apply online at and electronically upload a letter of application, CV, copy of transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire), and complete contact information for three references. References will be contacted at a later date. Submission of materials is the applicant’s responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered.

APPLICATION SCREENING DATE: Initial screening will begin September 03, 2019; open until filled.


Unless otherwise indicated, all positions listed are full-time, twelve-month positions.

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Tennessee Tech University



1 William L Jones Dr.

Cookeville, TN 38505


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  • College/University
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Department Administrator
  • President, CEO, Executive Director
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

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