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Job Summary

As one of three campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with a growing enrollment of over 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students and an ambitious plan to partner fully in the metropolitan Detroit community. UM-Dearborn is distinguished by its commitment to excellence in teaching and learning in an environment of academic rigor and active engagement with the community.


About the Office of Research Development

UM-Dearborn currently receives approximately $8 million in external funding. At the UM-Dearborn campus, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is the point of contact for all research program and development and sponsored research issues on the Dearborn campus.  It also serves as the liaison between Dearborn faculty and staff, external sponsors, and research administrative offices in the Ann Arbor campus. The Office of Research Development directly reports to the OVPR.  The mission of the Office of Research Development is to provide robust support to faculty research development, assist in campus research administration, and implement policies that ensure research integrity and compliance. 

Under the OVPR, the Office of Research and Sponsored programs (ORSP) provides support for the preparation and submission of proposals for sponsored projects


The Assistant Director of Office of Research Development(ORD) reports to the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) and will be a key contributor to a new campus-wide strategic plan for research development.


The Assistant director of ORD will have the following key responsibilities:


  • Support VPR to expand research opportunities: Understand campus research priorities and faculty expertise fit into the larger regional and national context for effective proposal development strategy. Work closely with VPR to develop strategies to identify and reach out to a variety of potential sponsors that match with campus strengths. Work with the VPR to plan and facilitate collaborative faculty teams and external stakeholders to catalyze new research programs and increase the competitiveness of our extramural funding proposals.
  • Research Development: Working with VPR to create new initiatives and incentives to expand the campus research capacity in order to meet our ambitious research growth goals. Promoting scholarship and research excellence through faculty development, internal grant programs, and external partnerships. Administering strategic seed funding initiatives to facilitate faculty research at the campus level with high potential for external support.  Managing campus-wide sponsored project development activities, internal review, and selection of limited submissions, and peer review processes. Design and implement strategies in collaboration with the colleges and External Relations to communicate the accomplishments, impact, and reputation of UM-Dearborn's research activities to internal and external audiences in support of promoting campus excellence in research and scholarly endeavors.
  • Assist VPR in Research Office administration: Undertaking data gathering, reporting, and analysis to inform VPR for research planning and implementation, resource allocation and utilization, and broader administrative decision-making.
  • Other campus-wide research activities: Coordinating and managing other campus-wide research-related activities such as IRB and the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate should have the highest personal integrity and a demonstrated ability to deal with people in an ethical/honest manner in accordance with the standards of the profession; an ability to lead and/or support change efforts with a deep understanding of cultural context; exceptional interpersonal, problem-solving and team-building skills; excellent written, conversational and presentation skills; proven ability to plan and manage projects and project teams and to deliver outcomes in a timely manner; excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to set priorities, work independently and perform well under pressure


  • Master degree but a Ph.D degree is desired
  • Demonstrated ability to provide inspiring and strategic leadership for academic research development and support systems on campus
  • A demonstrated track record of innovative activities for faculty research development and contributions to the growth of extramural funding
  • Close familiarity with research administration processes
  • At least three years of experience operating in a team environment producing proposals with a significant success rate
  • Experience reviewing, editing, and rewriting technical texts
  • At least three years of demonstrated success in developing and managing strategic initiatives and translating strategic vision and goals into implemented programs                                                                


Additional Information

Salary: competitive

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.