Department: McC Research Administration Salary/Grade: EXS/10
Provides strategic planning and practical support required to develop and maintain successful sponsored research portfolios for the faculty in the McCormick School of Engineering.
Manages the development of large-scale and multidisciplinary research projects. Provides specialized support essential for development of proposals to obtain external funding for new and continuing large-scale research projects. Works directly with research and administrative teams to manage/lead the proposal development process, assess and provide guidance on required proposal elements, and coordinate resources as needed to produce highly competitive research funding proposals.
Manages the research development program for early career faculty.
This position will interact on a consistent basis with the following: McCormick Associate Dean for Research, Director of Research Administration, faculty, research administrators, and Office for Research Development.
This role requires a self-directed individual with excellent skills in operations management, oral and written communication, scientific and engineering literacy, knowledge of federal funding opportunities relevant to the breadth of engineering disciplines at Northwestern, and a professional demeanor. This role demands that the individual be forward-thinking in anticipating funding opportunities for junior and senior faculty, and possess a collaborative approach with attitude for excellence and creativity.
Support school leadership in developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies and programs that align with the school’s research goals and initiatives
Strategically identify and pursue large-scale and multidisciplinary funding
Help junior faculty develop skills needed to secure initial funding
Provide strategic assessment of proposals relative to funding program goals and review criteria
Develop and maintain competencies in identifying future funding, including identifying areas of existing and emerging research strengths, gathering competitive intelligence on sponsors, and facilitating the formation of research teams
Large-scale proposal practical support
Manage proposal development support to faculty for large scale proposals including ensuring alignment with the solicitation and sponsor's research priority areas, drafting non-technical sections, budget planning, editing proposal sections, and integrating scientific/technical proposal content to help faculty develop highly competitive research proposals
Organize/lead the development of proposal writing/development workshops
Develop and manage timelines, meetings, and documents required for the proposal development process
Coordinate multi-/inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional teams
Provide guidance to improve the clarity and content of proposal components, particularly specialized components of large-scale proposals
Administer critical internal and external reviews for draft proposals
Manage and coordinate proposal collaboration and partnerships with faculty and administrators both within and outside institutions
Consult on design, graphics, and other illustrative materials during proposal preparation
Coordinate and conduct workshops, seminars and training related to research and proposal development and funding opportunities
Coordinate and facilitate workshops, and seminars to develop the formation of transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and/or collaborative research teams
Assist with the development of tools and guidance to streamline proposal development for McCormick faculty and staff
Develop and maintain familiarity with federal funders, federal laboratories, grant opportunities, and personnel at funding agencies and partners
Three to five years of demonstrated success working with and coordinating teams of faculty to develop large-scale research proposals for federal and foundation funding
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Track record of excellent interpersonal and liaison skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, both internal and external
Strong communications abilities and attention to detail
Strong project management skills, coordinating a diverse set of faculty and administrative personnel, both internally and externally
Ability to prioritize multiple, complex projects
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with unforgiving deadlines
Evidence of strong interpersonal and leadership skills
Advanced degree (PhD in a technical field is preferred)
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