Director of Research Development

California, United States
24 Jun 2019
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24 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Stanford Department of Pediatrics is committed to advancing the health of infants, children, and adolescents through innovative medical care, research, education, training, and advocacy. The Department currently has 153 faculty with active awards, ~90 research postdocs, ~110 clinical/research fellows, ~525 active external awards, ~$60M of externally funded research, and ~$51M of internally/gift funded research.

The Stanford Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Director of Research Development (APPMgr) to manage and grow its research enterprise. The Director will implement the Department’s strategic plan for research development working collaboratively with the Chair, Director of Finance and Administration, and Associate Chair of Research. This includes establishing the vision and priorities for a cohesive research development program; designing and implementing research building activities; and leading evaluations and program improvements to support research within the Department. The Director will devise strategies to advise faculty, especially junior faculty writing 1st or 2nd NIH R01s, and postdocs / fellows writing career development awards, such as NIH K Awards. The Director will lead and oversee a team of grant writers and research administrators to improve the quality and quantity of proposals submitted to federal and non-federal sponsors. 

Duties include:

  • Provide leadership direction to assigned staff in the program area, and oversee subordinate staff with program responsibility including grant writers (up to 3, PhD/MD trained) and grant specialist / research administrator(s)
  • Design, develop, and oversee implementation of the Department’s research building activities, e.g., internal grant review processes, seed grant programs, grantsmanship curricula, workshops, seminars, multi-week bootcamps, relevant executive-level research committee(s), etc. 
  • Devise and implement vision, strategy, goals, and resource development to improve the quality and quantity of proposals submitted to federal and non-federal sponsors.
  • Lead and oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements to shape research development program.
  • Define the overall activities of research/ teaching program(s), allocate appropriate staffing and other resources to advise postdocs/fellows and junior faculty writing grants. Develop and direct related policies to streamline research development and research administrative processes. Coordinate grant proposal submissions.
  • Devise strategies to improve engagement of current faculty with mentoring junior faculty, especially in research and writing grants. Develop and implement programming that cultivates the next generation of exceptional faculty mentors. 
  • Provide strategic and financial advice to faculty director and/or senior management.
  • Develop, maintain, and control the financial strategy and long-range financial planning for the Department’s research development enterprise. Measure impact of investment in research building activities in improving quality and quantity of the Department’s proposals.
  • Serve as the principal advocate with foundations, funding, and gift sources. Advocate research development priorities for the Department to broader university, external communities, sponsors, and other stakeholders.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Advanced degree in related field (e.g. PhD, JD, MD, etc.)
  • Demonstrated expertise with building programs to advance research development strategies within a leading academic institution
  • Highly organized, analytical, proactive, and deadline-oriented
  • Communicates effectively (oral and written)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working-relationships with a variety of persons


  • Advanced degree or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. Typically five or more years of relevant experience in area of specialization and five or more years relevant experience managing staff. Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans, program partnerships and funding sources.


  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Advanced oral, written and analytical skills exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.


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  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.

*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4116
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: L
Department URL:
Requisition ID: 83623