Director of Research

Michigan, United States
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

As one of three campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with a growing enrollment of over 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students and an ambitious plan to partner fully in the metropolitan Detroit community. UM-Dearborn is distinguished by its commitment to excellence in teaching and learning in an environment of academic rigor and active engagement with the community.

About the Office of Research

UM-Dearborn currently receives approximately $8 million in external funding. The mission of the Office of Research is to foster new research by opening up and diversifying avenues for funding, as well as to provide central research administration and policies that insure research integrity and compliance.

The Office of Research includes the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) which provides support for the preparation and submission of proposals for sponsored projects and is the point of contact for all grant-related matters on the Dearborn campus. ORSP serves as the liaison between Dearborn faculty and staff, external sponsors, and administrative offices in Ann Arbor.


The Director of Research reports to the Associate Provost for Graduate, Global and Digital Education and will be a key contributor to a new campus-wide strategic plan for research development and administration, complete with strategic goals and metrics for success and aligned with the campus’ articulated vision and strategic priorities. An essential element of this strategic planning effort will be to enhance the research culture on campus and to create an environment conducive to more active and consequential research.

The Director of Research will have the following key responsibilities:

Expand Research Opportunities: Understand how campus priorities and expertise fit into the larger regional and national context for effective proposal development strategy and design. Work closely with a variety of sponsors to understand funding priorities and to identify synergies with campus strengths. In partnership with Institutional Advancement, build relationships with internal and external constituencies for new streams of research. Work with the academic deans to plan, assemble, and facilitate collaborative faculty teams and external stakeholders to catalyze new research programs and increase the competitiveness of our extramural funding proposals.

Research Development: Create new initiatives and incentives to expand the campus research capacity in order to meet our ambitious research growth goals. Promote scholarship and creative activities through faculty development, internal grant programs, and external partnerships. Administer strategic seed funding initiatives to facilitate interdisciplinary research at the campus level with high potential for external support. Manage campus-wide sponsored project development activities, internal review and selection of limited submissions, and peer review processes. Design and implement strategies in collaboration with the colleges and External Relations to communicate the accomplishments, impact and reputation of UM-Dearborn's research activities to internal and external audiences in support of promoting campus excellence in research and scholarly endeavors.

Research Administration: Oversee the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and insure that research administration services are efficient and continuously improving. Ensure that pre-award and post award services reduce administrative burden on faculty and coordinate with other university offices in the colleges to build better systems of support.

Research Office administration: Undertake data gathering, reporting, and analysis to inform research planning and implementation, resource allocation and utilization, and broader administrative decision-making.

Other campus-wide research activities: Coordinate and manage other campus-wide research related activities such as undergraduate research programs, and the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have the highest personal integrity and a demonstrated ability to deal with people in an ethical/honest manner in accordance with the standards of the profession; an ability to lead and/or support change efforts with a deep understanding of cultural context; exceptional interpersonal, problem-solving and team-building skills; excellent written, conversational and presentation skills; proven ability to plan and manage projects and project teams and to deliver outcomes in a timely manner; excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to set priorities, work independently and perform well under pressure.

Doctoral degree

  • Demonstrated ability to provide inspiring and strategic leadership for integrated and collaborative research development and support systems on campus
  • A strong track record in research development and close familiarity with research administration processes
  • At least five years of experience operating in a team environment producing proposals with a significant success rate
  • Experience reviewing, editing, and rewriting technical texts
  • At least three years of demonstrated success in developing and managing strategic initiatives and translating strategic vision and goals into implemented programs

Desired Qualifications*

A demonstrated track record of successfully growing research activity and extramural funding over a period of at least eight years

Additional Information

Salary: competitive

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.