SDSU Research Foundation

Director of Research Development

Req No.
Full-Time Central Staff
Commensurate with Experience
Dept/Proj Name
Research Advancement


The Director of Research Development shall serve under the guidance of the Associate Executive Director, Research Advancement of the San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation and SDSU’s Vice President for Research and shall identify, develop, and promote special programs and initiatives to meet the research and outreach goals and objectives of SDSU. The Director will coordinate with VP for Research, College Deans, and faculty in the preparation of “white papers” and proposals to secure federal, state, and private sector funding. In addition, the Director will prepare proposals in response to agency Requests for Proposals, Broad Area Announcements, and other funding opportunities. These white papers and proposals will be presented to and coordinated with high-level leaders from academia, industry, and government. In addition, new business opportunities for the University/Research Foundation shall be pursued such as creating regional public-private partnership alliances.


The Director will represent the University and the Research Foundation with senior government and industry officials at the national, state, and local level. The Director will work closely with other University and Research Foundation staff to advance and maintain SDSU’s position and reputation as a national leader in research and scholarship. In addition, the Director will manage, where appropriate, large multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional projects resulting from Research Advancement activities.


**This position is open until filled with initial review of applications on Friday, October 16, 2017**


The Director is responsible for but not limited to:


Research Outreach Goals and Initiatives 60%
The Director of Research Development will be responsible for supporting a portfolio of departments, centers, and institutes within a broad but coherent area of research to address national and regional needs and priorities. Work with faculty and key University administrators to identify, develop, and implement strategies that increase institutional research capacity and competitiveness; identify and provide in-depth knowledge of research funding opportunities for specific targeted areas; facilitate teaming and prepare large-scale, competitive proposals in response to selected opportunities; network with various funding programs, federal funding agencies, government and industry officials, and private funders; identify new business opportunities and coordinate development of written proposals to secure funding. Assist faculty in developing partnerships with other academic, private sector, and government agencies to pursue large multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional funding opportunities.


Project Management 15%
Responsible for identifying, compete for, and secure funding for projects appropriate to the Director’s relevant area of expertise. Lead the SDSU project office for large-multidisciplinary, multi-institutional awards resulting from his/her research development activities. Oversee and administer all aspects of such funded programs and coordinate joint activities with other campus units as and if required; establish and maintain relationships with key federal program officers, agency staff, clients and key industry representatives; coordinate program activities with established program goals, objectives and program requirements; develop and initiate program enhancements including integration of new services and securing new funding sources; serve as the principal point of contact for program to communicate project goals, objectives, and accomplishments to current and potential sponsors, clients, customers, and partners; prepare and deliver reports and briefs to university and sponsor officials as may be required to include lessons learned, performance metrics, problems and solutions, and other relevant program information; coordinate preparation and monitor performance of cost/budget proposals and performance reports to ensure compliance with applicable grant/contract provisions and attainment of established objectives.


Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned 25%
• Conduct training and outreach programs for junior faculty to enhance their abilities to successfully compete for sponsored research funding
• Develop and manage the division’s local legislative staff faculty advisory program
• Support the Graduate Research Fellowship Program
• Act as a junior academic and research colleague within the relevant college and department at SDSU
• Design and manage the division’s Rejected Proposal Review and Resubmit program
• Manage research and institutional funding opportunities related to SDSU’s Hispanic-Serving Institution status


Minimum Qualifications/Education:

• Bachelor’s degree plus 6-years of related experience


Preferred Experience/Education:

• Ph.D in a related field
• Experience with proposal writing


San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


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