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Associate Vice President for Research Operations

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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, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA13-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: 1.0

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

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload a current CV and a cover letter.

Department Summary
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research and innovation at the University of Oregon. Research, both basic and applied, is fundamental to the mission of the University and is essential to Oregon’s economic and civic vitality. The office is committed to enhancing these efforts by providing administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration. The office supports interdisciplinary research centers, essential core facilities and emboldens innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives. The UO has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research that continues through the production of new knowledge and innovative solutions to society’s challenges.

Position Summary
The Associate VP for Research Operations (AVPRO) will serve as the strategic leader for research operations within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). The AVPRO is a member of the vice president executive team, and will lead significant projects to strengthen support for research and improve research administration across campus and within the division. This position will oversee a number of research administrative units such as Research Finance and Business Administration, Research Technology Services, Research Compliance Services, and Animal Welfare Services including supervising and mentoring unit directors, supporting a culture of service orientation, and continuous improvement to support effective and efficient research administration in the face of every changing researcher needs and regulatory obligations. The actual units may will depend on the skills and experience of the incumbent and other executive-level staff in the division.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced degree.
• Four years of supervisory experience including progressive experience in leading and managing professional and administrative staff.
• One of the following:
- Six years of related and increasingly responsible experience at a research university, research institute, hospital, or research and development unit of a corporation in a range of management assignments; or
- Three years of experience as an academic leader with research administration responsibilities (e.g. associate dean for research, research institute head, head of research-intensive department) AND experience as a principal investigator with a sponsored research portfolio; or
-Ten years increasingly responsible experience in a government agency or similar environment that requires customer service in a highly regulated environment where job duties have included high-level management, setting of strategic direction, and execution of programmatic and process improvement.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated abilities in leading, planning, or managing, complex projects, organizational development initiatives, policy and procedure development, and/or business process optimization.
• Ability to manage change, program and service development, and continuous improvement.
• Strong supervisory skills including mentorship and supporting the professional development of director-level staff.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and demands, as well as a changing landscape of regulations and priorities.
• Excellent professional written and oral communication.
• Strong financial management, including budget forecasting and ability to direct finance staff.
• Service-oriented perspective and approach.
• Ability to identify and analyze complex compliance issues and risks.
• Creative, collaborative, and strategic thinking skills.
• Demonstrated skills 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
• Familiarity with regulatory issues in a complex environment including satisfying federal, state and university regulations, while advancing the University’s goal of creating a facilitative environment for faculty research.

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced or terminal degree in public administration, business administration, or law.
• Experience at major research university or other institution of comparable complexity.
• Experience in a team-based professional setting, including developing and leading teams.
• Experience developing and managing a shared services environment.
• Experience implementing technology/automation projects.
• Experience with regulations associated with human subjects, animal subjects, conflict of interest, research misconduct, and/or export control.

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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