The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) at Carnegie Mellon University has responsibility for nurturing interdisciplinary research initiatives at one of the nation's leading research institutions. The OVPR supports numerous university strategic goals, and closely aligns with our goal to provide leadership in research and creativity as part of our societal impact.
The OVPR provides overall research administration and policy for all colleges and schools, as well as the university's more than 100 centers and institutes. Working closely with deans, department heads, faculty, students and staff, the office provides an innovative and supportive research environment that spans all disciplines and campuses. In addition to providing this support, the Vice Provost for Research oversees:
The OVPR also interacts closely with the Office of Corporate and Institutional Partnerships, Office of Government Relations, and Foundation Relations.
We are looking for an energetic and committed Director to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This is a pivotal executive-support role which provides counsel and support to the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) in the performance of his duties. You will be responsible for managing workflow, day-to-day operations, participating in strategy formulation and execution, and implementing the VPR's decisions and directives. The duties of this position are operational, strategic, and project-based with a wide degree of creativity and latitude. You will be expected to demonstrate expertise in concepts, practices, and procedures in both higher education and research administration in order to plan and accomplish goals furthering the mission of Carnegie Mellon University through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The organization will value and depend upon this your enterprise view in this position.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Provide counsel to the VPR, specifically in the areas of organizational development and strategic planning, constituent and employee concerns, process and problem solving
- Complete the necessary research and staff review to inform Vice Presidential decision making
- Shepherd the progress of long-term initiatives, keeping participants accountable to goals and objectives
- Support and assist in preparing the VPR for interaction with university and other constituents
- Prepare and disseminate VPR communications including documents, correspondence, talking points, newsletters, announcements, etc. as necessary
- Act as a point of contact between the VPR and employees or other colleagues
- Stand in for the VPR as necessary in meetings and other venues, including resolution of escalated issues
- Provide effective oversight and guidance to projects critical to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research
You will also develop and manage processes for center scale and limited submission proposals, and will help to identify and facilitate new interdisciplinary opportunities across the university that will compete for federal and private sector sponsorship.
We are seeking someone who is committed to providing extraordinary leadership and effective management in all areas of staffing and personnel, administration, project completion, information technology, development, and special projects. Demonstrated experience and understanding in how to bring together cross-functional professional groups into one organization will help to differentiate the right person for this role. We need someone who shows excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills as well as the ability to communicate with, and relate to, employees at all levels of the organization. You should possess strong analytical skills, a data-driven approach to decision-making, and the desire to work in a creative and dynamic environment. Someone who can influence others to act, and work effectively as part of a team will be successful in this role. Adaptability, flexibility, and openness to change will be keys to success as the department and organization both evolve.
- Master's degree in management, higher education, social science, or related field strongly preferred; PhD a plus
- Minimum ten years of relevant experience, with at least three years in a management or chief of staff role
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in research administration.
- Prior operational and budgetary responsibility
- Prior experience in a university, research organization, and/or start-up environment preferred
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