Massachusetts Institute of Technology Director of Research Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Director of Research Development

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Grants Administration/Management

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VP for Research

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VP Research

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT, Vice President for Research (VPR), to provide the leadership and coordination necessary for the development of multi-investigator and multi-institutional proposals to support large research initiatives on behalf of the Vice President for Research. Responsibilities include providing leadership and coordination for the preparation of complex proposals; providing input for and drafting nonscientific sections of proposals; advising principal investigators on organizational structures to support planned activities; ensuring stakeholder engagement; drafting institutional letters of support; overseeing limited submission competitions; evaluating solicitation requirements; reviewing and approving solicitation and internal competition announcements; drafting/securing letters of support on behalf of nominees; submitting nominations/applications; identifying best practices; working with faculty to identify funding opportunities; serving as liaison to the Office of Foundation Relations; and other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.A./B.S.; at least seven years’ research development, proposal preparation, and research administration work experience and demonstrated accomplishments in complex research administrative roles, preferably within a university, academic health center, or medical school environment; administrative-level experience in pre- and post-award administration of sponsored research; demonstrated leadership capabilities and ability to foster an environment that promotes teamwork/building; effective interpersonal skills for interacting with senior level management, faculty, and staff; strong verbal and written communication skills; proven ability to write and assemble successful funding applications; excellent problem solving skills and ability to manage multiple competing priorities and meet deadlines; working knowledge of federal policies and regulations related to the administration of sponsored projects; effective project management skills; ability to work independently and contribute to team efforts in a fast-paced environment; self-motivation; and attention to detail. Advanced degree preferred. Job #15918-R


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