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Associate Vice President for Research

Apply now Job no: 525412
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Limited
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA14-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: .25 to .5

Internal search, 1-2 positions available

Application Review Begins
June 8, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please note: This position is open ONLY to current tenured associate or full professors, OR associate or full research professors, at the University of Oregon.

Along with your online application, please upload a current CV and a cover letter

Department Summary
The Office for Research and Innovation oversees the research activities of the University of Oregon (UO). The UO is a major public research university with grant awards exceeding $125 million annually. Research and Development expenditures support hundreds of active UO research, instruction, and community service projects. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation provides comprehensive administrative support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposals submission, human and animal subject's approvals, and contracts/grant administration, as well as the translation of basic research into commercial products or services.

Position Summary
The position of Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) works directly with the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The intent is to appoint an individual for a three-year period with the possibility of reappointment for a second three-year term. The position will be a part-time appointment that may increase in effort over time dependent on workload, performance, and the wishes of the individual in the position. The issues addressed during each three-year period may change significantly depending on circumstances. Associate Vice Presidents for Research are members of the Vice President’s executive team and provide advice and counsel to the Vice President, the Provost and President on matters related to research activities and research administration. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Primary responsibilities include a combination of any tasks from the list below:
- With faculty and administrative colleagues encourage and facilitate enhanced opportunities for largescale, cross-disciplinary, externally sponsored research projects and initiatives;
- Working closely with the VPRI and executive team, lead special projects and bodies of work to support research- and solution-oriented research administration;
- Provide supervision and oversight to at least one administrative service unit in the division;
- Provide guidance and counsel on matters related to Research Centers and Institutes including active participate in systematic review process for current research centers and institutes;
-Serve as a representative of the institution and the division of Research and Innovation as requested, including on specific university and external committees and workgroups;
- Serve (ex officio) on the Research Advisory Board;
- Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements
• Must be a tenured professor (associate or full) or hold an associate or full Research professor appointment.
• Five years of professional experience at a major research university.
• A demonstrated research portfolio consisting of sponsored awards, fellowship, and peer-reviewed publications/juried exhibits or similar as befits the academic area expertise of the candidate.

Professional Competencies
• Commitment to and interest in research, scholarship, and creative activity regardless of discipline.
• Creative, collaborative, and strategic thinking skills.
• Service-oriented perspective and approach.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and demands.
• Excellent professional written and oral communication.
• Skilled leading multiple stakeholders through collaboration and conflict resolution.
• Commitment to the cultivation and enhancement of diversity and inclusion of people of different cultures, backgrounds, and employee groups.
• Ability to manage change and continuous improvement.
• Supervisory skills including mentorship and supporting the professional-development of director level staff.

Preferred Qualifications
• Record of holding a leadership position (department head, center or institute director) at the UO or comparable institution.
• Experience in coordinating and leading interdisciplinary efforts.

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

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