Senior Director of Research Administration

Des Moines University seeks a Senior Director of Research Administration who oversees the Office of Research and works to create an efficient and cohesive office team and a campus culture supportive of research. The Senior Director focuses on increasing external funding, particularly government grant funding, by being aware of and communicating funding opportunities to faculty and stimulating and working with faculty to develop competitive proposals. The Senior Director works closely with academic administrators to identify targets of opportunity, with faculty to develop proposals that respond to these opportunities, while also developing and conducting training programs in grant preparation for faculty. The Senior Director of Research Administration ensures that University-based research, education, and service activities are planned and conducted in accordance with federal and state regulations in areas including, but not limited to, human subjects’ protection, care and use of animals, biosafety, radiation safety, conflict of interest, intellectual property, and export control. The position also assures that University policies and procedures are consistent with applicable regulations and coordinates committees involved in overseeing activities related to these compliance areas. 

Founded in 1898 in Iowa’s capital city, DMU is a graduate medicine and health sciences university comprising three colleges – College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – that offer eight graduate degree programs. DMU combines the top advantages in medical education: expert faculty, a rigorous and relevant curriculum, a dynamic and diverse research environment and a supportive, inclusive community of students and faculty active in learning and service. In addition, the University will relocate to a new campus in West Des Moines, tentatively in 2023, that will serve as an innovative model for medical and health sciences education for the nation and beyond. 
Qualifications include:
•    A Master’s degree is required. A Doctorate is preferred.
•    Five years of experience working in a University research environment is required.

For complete job description, benefit summary, or to apply visit   Please submit letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three professional references at time of online submission.  CV review and interview scheduling will commence immediately and continue until position is filled.    

Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”).   Applications from candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Des Moines University is a tobacco- and smoke-free campus environment, and the use of tobacco products anywhere on University/Clinic property is prohibited.

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Background Information



  • College/University
  • Research Administrator/Manager

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time