Research Development Manager - Research Strategy and Partnerships Office

Kensington, Australia
13 Apr 2017
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25 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Research Development Manager will provide high level project management, administrative support, strategic communication and editorial support to activities undertaken by the Research Strategy and Partnerships Office (RSPO).
The Research Development Manager will work with the RSPO team in providing strategic assistance to researchers with regards to contract research, tender preparation, competitive research funding proposals and strategic grant scheme training. The Research Development Manager will be required to interact effectively at a high level with researchers, funding bodies and relevant faculty staff in the engineering, humanities, science and social science disciplines.


Overview of the Faculty/School/Divisional Work Unit
The Division of Research at UNSW is responsible for the strategic research direction and overall research performance of the University, and in particular, maintaining and advancing the University's profile in research and research training, as well as technology transfer.
The role of the RSPO is to enhance the University’s research performance and profile by working with Faculties, research teams and researchers to identify opportunities for research funding from all sources including awards and fellowships, ensure submission of high quality, competitive, research grant applications and other research funding proposals from UNSW researchers at all stages of their careers.


The Research Strategy and Partnerships Office (RSPO) is comprised of
The Director

  • 4 x Senior Research Development Managers & Strategic Development Managers
  • 3 x Research Development Managers
  • 1 x International Research Manager
  • 1 x Project Manager Torch Innovation Precinct at UNSW
  • 1 x Project Officer
  • 1 x Research Partnerships Manager
  • 1 x Research Partnerships Coordinator
  • 1 x Research Contracts Advisor

External Research Income (2014) of $ 350 million
Total value of current grants $1.4 billion

Reporting Relationships

Supervisor’s title: Senior Research Development Manager
Other positions reporting to the supervisor: n/a
Positions reporting to this position (show position titles and levels): n/a
Other relationships: (if applicable):

This position is required to deal directly with and/or work closely with:

  • UNSW researchers, including early-career, mid-career and experienced academics
  • Deputy and Pro Vice Chancellors, Research, Research Training and Research Infrastructure and their offices, and other members of the University’s Executive Team
  • Faculty Deans and Associate Deans (Research) and General Managers
  • Heads of School and School managers and administrators.
  • Director and staff members in the Grant Management Office, UNSW Innovations and the Researcher Development Unit. Legal Office, Human Resources and Finance
  • External industry organisations and government and non-government funding bodies at the state, national and international level.


At Level 8:

  • Provide support to researchers undertaking contract research including scoping project deliverables, pricing and preparation of contracts.
  • Provide project management and administrative support to the RSPO senior managers regarding contract and commissioned research, government tenders and high-volume competitive research funding schemes.
  • Provide high level support to the RSPO team in improving UNSW’s research profile and increase the level, quality and research funding, with a particular emphasis on the Australian Research Council (ARC), and other agencies that fund engineering, humanities, science and social science research.
  • Undertake preparation and drafting of supporting documentation for competitive grant applications, for example University Strategic Alignment statements and partner letters of support for ARC schemes.
  • Develop communication strategies and provide editorial advice to UNSW applicants relating to a broad range of competitive granting schemes including ARC, and Cooperative Research Centres. Initiate and maintain effective working relationships with a full range of stakeholders.
  • Support the RSPO team in the establishment of new UNSW Research Centres from both external and internal funding sources, and oversee performance reviews of existing UNSW Centres.
  • Support a team-based approach to other activities as required.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

At Level 9 (in addition to Level 8 duties)

  • Be fully informed on current funding guidelines, legislative, political, economic, academic and industry policy matters.
  • Assist in identifying and developing strategies to target major funding opportunities, with particular reference to industry, government, the ARC, as well as philanthropic, national and international schemes that fund engineering, humanities, science and social science research.
  • Assist in the development of strategic planning processes and resulting procedures and practices which support the growth of the University’s research performance
  • Review, negotiate and advise on contract research proposals and government tenders and funding agreements where successful.
  • Deliver high level support to UNSW researchers to ensure submission of high quality, competitive research funding proposals including:
    • Providing early expert advice on research grant and contract research
    • strategy and on ways to develop and enhance research funding proposals;
    • Providing feedback on draft research funding proposals, assessments,
    • reviews or second/third stage reviews for grant applications;
    • Providing expert advice and feedback to unsuccessful applicants, and options
    • for resubmission;
    • Take the lead on preparation and submission of proposals for tenders and commissioned research.
  • Assist in proactively targeting UNSW researchers including early-career researchers for mentoring and assistance. This includes facilitating their engagement with other UNSW researchers and external organisations that support research in science, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.
  • Represent UNSW to external organisations and funding bodies at state, national and international levels and maximise networking opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key contacts in these organisations and relevant
  • stakeholders within the University, including researchers.
  • Facilitate establishment and effective strategic oversight/review of UNSW centres.


At Level 8:

  1. Relevant qualifications and/or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through a combination of education, training and/or extensive experience in a major research or Government portfolio.
  2. High level knowledge and understanding of the higher education sector and knowledge of the research environment and funding schemes, including experience in the review and preparation of proposals and agreements for contract research and consulting projects, and proposals for commissioned research/tenders
  3. Demonstrated highly developed project management, prioritization and time management skills with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities and deadlines in high volume environments.
  4. Demonstrated high-level problem solving and analytical skills, ability to research and analyse material and identify key issues, and produce high level outcomes in both autonomous and team-based activities.
  5. Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiation and consultation skills, including an ability to exercise initiative, tact and discretion in dealing with highly sensitive and confidential matters.
  6. Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

At Level 9 (in addition to Level 8 criteria)

  1. Extensive experience in a major research or Government portfolio including a significant track record of achievement in supporting applicants in the development and success of major competitive research grant applications, proposals for commissioned research/tenders and/or proposals for contract research/consulting.
  2. Demonstrated evidence of leading and developing targeted strategic planning and implementation of support programs for researchers applying for research funding.
  3. Demonstrated ability to analyse, interpret and integrate complex data and provide strategic direction and analysis to senior management, including sound knowledge of computer spreadsheet applications, various reporting tools and the delivery of online reports
  4. Experience in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating agreements for contract research/consulting projects including scoping and pricing.
  5. Experience in Board and Committee membership.


The incumbent will normally be expected to have reached the top step of level 8 prior to progression to level 9. Criteria for progression to level 9 will be based on satisfactory performance of all duties and accountabilities at level 8 and a demonstrated capacity to take on the duties and accountabilities of the position at level 9.