University of Utah Director, Research & Science in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/05/2017

Requisition Number PRN15201B

Job Title Director, Research & Science

Working Title Director, Research Development

Job Grade H

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday thru Friday

VP Area President

Department 00639 - VP for Research

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 75900 to 148100

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

The Research Development Office is a new office at the University of Utah reporting to the Vice President for Research, and is responsible for helping faculty compete successfully for funded research programs from federal agencies, state and local governments, and foundations. The director will oversee the grant development staff who help with grant searches, grant writing, and resource development related to grant writing, and who assembles teams of faculty and staff across disciplines, colleges and departments who are seeking extramural financial support for their research. Collaborates with other research support units including the Health Sciences, research deans, etc. Supports the University of Utah’s goals and mission. Acts as a catalyst between departments, faculty, staff, and external entities to ensure continuity and quality of service.


1. Directs the development and implementation of staff management, customer service and financial goals and objectives that are consistent with the University of Utah’s goals and objectives.

2. Oversees creation and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP); ensures adherence to SOPs andFDAregulations.

3. Responsible for evaluating current and proposed systems and procedures and determining implementation of changes as needed.

4. Provides strategic direction by setting short and long-term goals, estimating budgetary requirements for staff, space and equipment planning, and implementing special projects and policies.

5. Oversees all aspects of human resource management including recruitment and retention of assigned staff.

6. Forecasts staffing, capital and operating budget needs in evaluating and reporting on market sensitivity, financial analysis, space utilization review, staff performance evaluation, etc.

7. Ensures customer satisfaction by analyzing complaints, concerns and suggestions and providing appropriate follow-through.

8. Oversees the analysis and determination of appropriate staff mix to support customer needs.

9. Ensures competency of management/supervisory staff through the development and/or presentation of educational programs and through on-going staff performance evaluation.

10. Markets and promotes new and existing programs and services to internal and external customers.

11. Participates in university-wide committees to establish customer/patient service and administrative plans and policies.

12. Facilitates cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships.


This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Screening will be based on preferences. MS or PhD in a research-related area preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

You are asked to provide three different writing samples, preferably from a portion of a grant proposal that you wrote (please obtain permission from the PI); or alternatively, a small section from a technical paper or report that you wrote.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.