Assistant Director Faculty Research Activities--LAS Administration (Job ID #155453)
University of Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

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Assistant Director Faculty Research Activities--LAS Administration (Job ID #155453)


Liberal Arts & Sciences


Academic Professional



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This position directs, supports and assists in all aspects of LAS faculty research activities. Emphasis is on external major grant funding for faculty research within the College of LAS. The position works with faculty throughout the College to identify grant opportunities and develop successful major grant applications including the coordination of large multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary research proposals. The position is responsible for developing a grant training program for faculty. The position works to improve post-grant support to faculty. The position requires an understanding of university policies and procedures along with federal, state, private and other regulations required for grant submission and management.


• Direct, support and assist in all aspects of LAS faculty research funding activities.
• Work with faculty throughout the College, assisting them in identifying grant opportunities and in the development of successful major grant applications.
• Responsible for grant writing and working with faculty to develop grant proposals that will have an important budgetary and scholarly impact. Assist faculty in the writing of proposals and in analyzing reviewers' comments and implementing appropriate changes. Review and edit draft proposals by faculty and staff for accuracy, completeness, stylistic consistency, logic, policy of funding institutions and budgets for compliance with federal and other regulatory requirements.
• Assist in the development and coordination of large multi-investigators, multi-disciplinary research proposals, including obtaining and interpreting guidelines, initiating meetings, coordinating with other colleges and/or departments collaborating on proposals, establishing timelines and advancing narratives.
• Develop grant training programs including workshops, group and individual training for faculty to increase their success rate in obtaining major grants.
• Develop an understanding of university policies and procedures along with federal state, private and other regulations required for grant submission and management.

• Work with central campus units that oversee and manage external grants, including the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and units associated with OVCR.
• Work with members of the Office of Social Science Research and the Institute for the Humanities in developing proposals from the social sciences and humanities.
• Coordinate with other grant management staff that reside within LAS departments.
• Work with OVCR to complete submission of proposals from LAS.
• Oversee annual faculty activity reporting. Prepare, compile, and report on related analyses regarding the College's faculty grant activities.
• Develop and maintain knowledge of faculty expertise and alert appropriate faculty when relevant funding opportunities arise.
• Function as the faculty grant expert including monitoring key sources of grant funding opportunities, compliance and regulatory updates.
• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


• Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Humanities or other related field. Related Master's degree or PhD is preferred.
• A minimum of five (5) years combined work experience in research which can be laboratory management and/or bench science experience along with developing and writing research grant proposals for submission in an academic or public institution of higher learning to major sponsors.
• Project management experience with preference to institutions of higher learning and/or research.
• Experience with successfully developing and writing large, multi-disciplinary scientific grants in a higher education environment, along with knowledge of disciplinary standards of excellence at a research institution.
• Excellent communication, presentation, organization, analytical and computer skills, along with proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publishing....), video conferencing, and other related software.
• Ability to learn all appropriate university-provided information technologies appropriate for position, including those used for grant submission, tracking, and reporting as well as faculty reporting.

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