Assistant VP for Strategic Initiatives

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
24 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Assistant VP for Strategic Initiatives Research Professional Position No Posting Number 201700029AP Position Type Admin Professional/Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range 140000-170000 Desired Start Date 07/01/2017 Position End Date (if temporary) Open Posting Date Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 03/06/2017 Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is recognized as one of the premier research institutions and routinely ranks in the top of all American Universities in research expenditures. The Office of the Vice President for Research has overall responsibility for facilitating the research enterprise at Colorado State University. The Office works to encourage and support the development, marketing and application of Colorado State University’s intellectual property and our world-renowned researchers, students and facilities.

Vision: The Office of the Vice President for Research will enable the University, its faculty, staff and students to emerge as a world-class research institution complementing our learning, service and outreach missions.

Mission: The Office of the Vice President for Research will lead the 21st Century Land-Grant mission of Colorado State University by fostering and supporting the research enterprise, promoting scholarship and artistry, instilling a culture of integrity, and capitalizing on opportunities to address global challenges.

Position Summary

The position reports to the Vice President for Research (VPR), and will oversee key research activities in support of the Office of the Vice President of Research. Colorado State is undergoing an unprecedented period of success in student enrollment and research and scholarly activities and is looking to expand our senior leadership team. In the coming years, the incumbent will drive key strategic initiatives associated with research and scholarly success. Activities include but are not limited to serving as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) for the University, overseeing new programs in support of core research facilities and instrumentation, compliance and research safety, engagements and programs with undergraduate and graduate student research and serving as liaison with key advisory committees in support of the Office’s mission.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field, such as M.A., M.S., and/or M.B.A.
  • At least ten years of hands-on experience in basic or translational research, or research administration in an academic or private sector environment.
  • Documented knowledge of federal research compliance and research integrity rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated management expertise with excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in a fast-paced team environment with minimal guidance
  • Research compliance knowledge and experience regarding:
    -Bioethical components of research
    -Faculty start-up agreements and accounts
    -Lab safety and research facilities
    -Research and science communications

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in the arts and sciences, such as Ph.D., D.V.M or M.D.
  • Experience directing major projects and administrative operations, including information management systems and working with others to meet objectives.
  • Private sector experience in a research organization.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret and summarize regulations, policies and procedures, reports, and legal correspondence and documents.
  • Experience responding to questions or concerns from internal customers and regulatory agencies and present the university position in understandable and unambiguous terms.
  • Problem-solver— able to identify root causes, recommend options, and implement or negotiate appropriate solutions.
  • Strong team building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively set priorities and meet commitments often under pressure and within strict time frames.
  • Experience interfacing at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and appreciation of the academic mission.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Executive Leadership Duty/Responsibility

• As a key member of the Executive Committee (EC) for the OVPR, the AVP broadly serves as an advocate and an advisor to the VPR for the bioethical components of research and the operational activities in support and alignment with federal and state regulatory agencies. The AVP will effectively interface in a leadership capacity on behalf of the VPR with central administration, colleges and external agencies. As such, the AVP will represent the VPR in meetings on a vice presidential level as may be necessary from time to time.
• Provide leadership and strategic guidance to the OVPR division and collaborate as a team member with the OVPR EC and the Council of Research Associate Deans (CRAD).
• Represent the Vice President for Research when requested, and other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Strategic Initiatives/Oversight and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

As an advisor to the VPR, the AVP will lead the implementation of strategic programs and the deployment of resources in a manner that builds the University’s research portfolio and complies with federal and other applicable regulations.
• Research Integrity Officer
• Supervision of strategic initiatives such as the Lab Safety Committee, Research & Scholarly Success Programs
• Coordination of Student and Faculty Programs including the VPR Fellows program
• Supervision of the Director of the Biosafety Office and oversight of their activities
• PRSE Program Oversight
• VPAC (VPR Advisory Committee) and Research Associate Dean’s Sub-Committee Oversight (PROPEL)
• Supervision of the Director of the Biosafety Office and oversight of their activities

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Manage Faculty Start-up Agreements and Accounts Duty/Responsibility

Work with faculty in the development and management of start-up agreements and accounts.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Research Facilities/Physical Development Duty/Responsibility

Work with CSU community in collaboration with the University Space Committee and the Physical Development Committee in the renovation, repair, and future buildout of laboratory space. Represent the office on University committees aligns with physical plant planning and implementation such as the Master Planning and Space Committee and others as needed.

Percentage Of Time 20 Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Search Contact Patsy Harlan, EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of Professional References
  3. Resume or CV

Optional Documents