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Research Development Officer

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Research Development Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
December 7, 2018; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete online applications must include:
1) A cover letter describing how you meet the minimum qualifications, professional competencies, and, if applicable, preferred qualifications
2) Resume/CV
3) Three professional references
4) Two writing samples: We encourage candidates to provide two professional or one academic and one professional writing sample. Examples of professional writing products could include policy memos, annual reports, or institutional letters of support written by the applicant.

Department Summary
The University of Oregon (UO), a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In 2014, the University launched an ambitious fundraising campaign focused on supporting faculty excellence in teaching and research, creating access for outstanding students, and enriching the student experience. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) holds administrative responsibility for numerous high-profile research centers and institutes and core research facilities. These units provide opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary, and of significant societal importance. The VPRI oversees sponsored research, research compliance, technology transfer, and research development, and represents the UO in national organizations such as the AAU (Chief Research Officers) and the APLU (Council of Research). The VPRI also serves as an advocate and catalyst within the University for expanding the range and impact of UO's research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

Over the past two years, the University of Oregon has made considerable investments to enhance research, including an increase in the number of tenure-track faculty, competitive startup packages, extensive laboratory renovations, and a high-performance computing facility. We recently received a $500M gift to launch the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. To further accelerate impact, the OVPRI has developed a strategic plan focused specifically on actions to increase externally sponsored research funding by vigorously supporting faculty capacity to submit competitive proposals.

Position Summary
The Research Development Officer (RDO) undertakes a variety of duties to provide direct support to faculty and staff as they pursue funding in support of research, teaching and service projects. The Research Development Officer will help UO faculty, administrators, and staff develop competitive external grant proposals, including those submitted to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Education, USDA, Department of Defense, National Endowment for the Arts, other federal and state agencies, foundations, and other funding sources to support faculty from a wide range of disciplines. The RDO will also support competitive internal award programs led by the VPRI and interface with the Office of the Provost to nominate outstanding UO faculty for prestigious national honors and awards. This position will also coordinate with the Director of Strategic Research Initiatives to develop resources and training sessions to help UO investigators prepare competitive proposals for external funding.

The RDO will report to the Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and work closely with staff in Advancement and in the Office of Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Demonstrated writing, editing, and project management skills in a deadline-driven environment.
• Prior experience in grant writing and proposal development.
• Three years’ professional experience in higher education and/or nonprofit environment.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work independently, set appropriate work priorities, and require minimal supervision over regular work activities.
• Strong communication skills, independent judgment, and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
• Strong time management and organizational skills.
• Ability to work with faculty members from a wide variety of academic disciplines in a supportive environment that promotes high-quality research and the development of sophisticated funding proposals.

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced degree in a science-related field, communications, journalism, English, or education.
• Experience in a research university.
• Experience of the funding mechanisms and opportunities at NIH, NSF, Dept of Education, USDA, Dept of Energy, and Dept of Defense, NEH and NEA.
• Experience with funding mechanisms and proposal development that straddles industry and academia, as well as foundations.
• Involvement in relevant national professional organizations, such as NORDP.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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