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Director, Proposal Development Services

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Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Expected Start Date: February 1, 2018 negotiable. For priority consideration, apply by December 18, 2017.

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Position Details

Title Director, Proposal Development Services
Appointment Status Non-Tenure Track
Department IU Bloomington Vice Provost For Research
Position Summary

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) at IU Bloomington seeks a Director of Proposal Development Services (PDS). PDS supports faculty members’ efforts to compete successfully for external research funding. The Director of Proposal Development Services reports to the Vice Provost for Research (VP) and works with the VP, Associate Vice Provosts for Research (AVPs), and the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPRO) to develop and implement IU Bloomington research priorities around IU research strengths and high-impact funding opportunities. The Director position is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenure track academic appointment.

The Director of PDS is responsible for providing leadership for the PDS team, including mentoring PDS team members and facilitating their professional development as well as managing unit activity and staffing to most effectively deploy limited resources. The Director, in collaboration with the Vice Provost and AVPs, identifies external funding opportunities; convenes faculty to address opportunities; and proactively works with IUB faculty to identify proposal-related professional development needs and provide educational and training opportunities, e.g., workshops for researchers.

As the Director of PDS, the incumbent is charged with fostering relationships with IUB academic and administrative units as well as external partners that contribute to IUB’s grant-getting capacity, such as funding agency contacts, hired consultants, proposal support personnel, and others involved with assessment, compliance, data management, diversity, engagement, research administration, technology transfer, and strategic initiatives.

The Director of PDS also performs the duties of a Research Development Specialist, providing guidance, mentorship, and oversight to less senior members of the PDS team; representing PDS at university, professional, and funder meetings; and supporting the capacity of the Bloomington campus faculty to acquire external funding through proposal development, resource development, and institutional and faculty development.

Basic Qualifications

A Master’s degree, and experience working in proposal development, including experience with private, state and federal granting agencies, is required; PhD or equivalent is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in writing and editing and experience or familiarity with the conduct of research. Must have a familiarity with the policies and procedures of external funding agencies; experience with Indiana University’s proposal submission process is highly desirable.

A successful applicant will have experience in program planning and project management; enjoy helping others to communicate clearly and effectively; enjoy working as part of a team; and have excellent interpersonal skills. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. The Director must be organized, flexible, and able to work independently to manage an unpredictable and time-sensitive caseload of complex projects while providing quality service and meeting deadlines. Must have experience in leading and managing a team of professionals.

Department Contact for Questions

Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at Electronic materials should include: a letter of application detailing qualifications for this position, a resume, and a list of references with contact information. Questions regarding the position or application process may be directed to: Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director for Research Development, Office of the Vice Provost for Research; Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Qualifications
Salary and Rank
Special Instructions

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Expected Start Date: February 1, 2018 negotiable.

For priority consideration, apply by December 18, 2017.

For Best Consideration Date 12/18/2017
Expected Start Date 02/01/2018
OAA # 21711-11

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Other
  2. List Of References