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Director-Research Proposal Dev


Director-Research Proposal Dev

  • 524656
  • Morningside
  • Research
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Apr 12 2022
  • Grade 15
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commiserate with Experience

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Office of Research Initiatives and Development (ED-ORID), the Director of Research Proposal Development (DRPD) supports primarily scientific, engineering, and biomedical research faculty to develop innovative and high-impact grant proposals that align with the strategic goals of the University’s research enterprise.  The DRPD assembles and leads a team from within ORID and other Columbia units--and frequently other collaborating institutions--to support the complex planning, execution, and submission of highly competitive, proposals requesting funding typically of $10M+. The goal of the DRPD is to increase the funding for new research efforts that often bridge disciplines, schools, and campuses


  • Project Management of Proposal Development (70%)

    • Identify and communicate large, multidisciplinary funding opportunities from federal and non-federal sources that capitalize on existing strengths and expertise across Columbia to faculty and school leadership.
    • Collaborate with faculty to manage the full proposal lifecycle, from concept to submission.
    • Facilitate proposal process by creating internal deadlines, tracking internal deliverables, reiterating RFP requirements needing focus, acquiring resources to support teams, and collaborating with respective schools based on faculty team composure
    • Coach interdisciplinary faculty teams through proposal strategy and resource allocation procedures (i.e. team formation – especially for broader impacts, writing assignments, partner engagement, resource gathering, proposal editing)
    • As requested by faculty teams, draft and edit material, such as non-scientific proposal components
    • Coordinate with experts at Columbia and partner universities as appropriate.  Facilitate overall coordination between the faculty team and non-academic experts.
    • Working with the Director of Strategic Partnerships, assist faculty teams in establishing partnerships with external entities – often in order to gather letters of support or collaboration.
    • Liaise between faculty and relevant University units.


    Human Resources and Administration (20%)

    • Supervise the Center Grant Proposal Development (CGPD) team responsible for administrative management, communications, and other objectives supporting faculty grantsmanship.
    • Work closely with departmental administrators in planning budget drafts, which may often involve highly confidential and protected information.
    • As needed, hire external consultants, casual employees, and student employees to support project management, data collection, and/or communications needs.
    • Develop a strong knowledge base of the administrative offices and other university resources that can support of the large research grantmaking process and funding landscape.   


    Special Projects and Work as Assigned (10%)           

    • Represent the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research on internal governance committees and working groups, as appropriate.
    • Participate in &/or instigate working groups of Columbia administrators to develop content or communicate best practices (i.e. templates for administrative components of research proposals.)
    • Host and speak at informational sessions for faculty seeking to pursue specific center-level funding mechanisms.
    • Other projects as assigned by the ED, including high-profile event planning, preparation of training documents, and incubation of initiatives around particular research foci.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and at least eight years of related experience or PhD with grant writing experience.
  • Progressively responsible experience in program or project management, preferably in an academic or non-profit setting.
  • Experience in providing optimal customer service, preferably to faculty and other academic audiences.
  • Outstanding organization and project management skills required.
  • High level of discretion and good judgment, ability to take initiative, integrity, trustworthiness, diplomacy.
  • Team-player.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work effectively with faculty in a support capacity.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a number of stakeholders, including executive leadership, government employees, vendors, and external partners.
  • Ability to develop written content for internal and external audiences
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Highly organized, enthusiastic, and personable approach.
  • Experience in complex proposal development.

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