Associate Vice President, Research Administration Services

Emory University, an internationally recognized research university and one of the nation’s most comprehensive academic healthcare systems, welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President (AVP) for Research Administration Services (RAS). Known for exceptional teaching, research, scholarship, and service to humanity, Emory University combines nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, and colleges with the most inclusive—and constantly growing—health care system in the region and a sponsored research base that make it one of the great universities in the country.

Reporting to and working closely with the Vice President for Research Administration, Dr. Robert Nobles, the AVP will be a collaborative leader deeply committed to supporting Emory’s research goals through providing the highest quality of support and shared services. The AVP will jointly oversee nine RAS units across the University, including more than 180 pre- and post-award professionals, with Chief Business Officers (CBOs) and Department Administrators. The AVP will foster strong, collaborative relationships within the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and across the Emory enterprise, including management practices with Chief Business Officers to create service models that facilitate research growth and transparency with faculty within the academic units. As one of the nation’s leading research institutions, Emory is built on an advantageous combination of resources and global partnerships. The AVP will enhance research goals, provide best-in-class service, and keep pace with a thriving research enterprise that enjoys a national reputation and ambitious plans. The next AVP must understand the value, importance, and challenges of supporting world class researchers while meeting the complex regulatory requirements of a research university.

The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and bring a demonstrated track record of cross-campus collaboration. The individual will have critical problem-solving abilities and creativity to effectively balance the needs of faculty researchers, research administrators, and Chief Business Officers. In addition, the AVP will be able to lead and motivate others towards the accomplishment of shared goals in support of RAS’ mission as well as previous supervisory experience that includes the professional development of staff. The AVP will demonstrate experience successfully implementing new policies, procedures, business processes and systems and have comprehensive knowledge of research administration domains.

Emory University has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this important recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be sent in confidence to:


Rebecca Kennedy, Partner

Kristen Andersen, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER: Emory University provides equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.


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Emory University



Atlanta, GA


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4-Year Degree

  • College/University
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Administrator or Administrative


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