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The Office of Research is looking for an Executive Director. The new Rice University National Security Research Accelerator (RUNSRA) is a research collaborative which aims to develop research opportunities and partnership focused on objectives identified by Department of Defense modernization priorities and to areas critical to the success of similarly aligned federal agencies. The executive director for the Center will lead the initiation and development of this charge at Rice.
The incumbent leads in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of strategic government partners and program officers, along with aligned, private sector researchers and partners. The executive director coordinates and supports fundraising activities as directed. The incumbent leads and directs the strategic programmatic, outreach, and administrative functions of the initiative. The executive director mentors and supervises the staff. May require US Government Security Clearance.
In partnership with the faculty, lead the development and implementation of research programs, initiatives and plans to advance the initiative's mission and strategic objectives
Leads and directs staff and directs key administrative and financial functions including administrative operations, human resources, budget management (forecasting), and space
Oversees and directs outreach including communications, marketing and events
Serves as a key liaison with stakeholders and constituency groups and is responsible for managing external relations (government, NGOs, public, donors, industry)
Actively supports and coordinates fundraising strategies and efforts and serves as a liaison with DoD program managers
Manages proposal development and oversees pre- and post-award research administration functions
Serves as a key liaison with granting agencies and government partners
Performs all other duties as assigned
Responsible for developing Rice University's faculty relationship with DoD, both identifying and managing cordial and productive relationships with key faculty and administrators within Rice University as well as developing and managing relationships with key decision-makers in government
Maintains an awareness of the research support needs of the faculty and notifying government contacts about aspects of Rice of potential value to them
Will identify government agencies and individuals that have the potential to be "strategic partners," in key research areas and facilitates programs to engage groups of faculty
Develops existing transactional relationships with government agencies to broaden their value to Rice
Establishes student intern support, research projects, equipment donations, and/or philanthropy
8 years minimum experience of working with faculty, corporations, government agencies, NGOs, or research foundations. You may substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.
Ability to develop and initiate new strategies
Advanced problem solving skills
Ability to work well under pressure and simultaneously manage projects
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
Excellent data analysis skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules
Adept at problem solving, creating contingency plans and handling issues when necessary
Excellent client service orientation and attention to detail
Ability to lead and motivate others
Strategic skills to craft and implement fundraising and/or project plans
Excellent attention to detail and ability to quickly understand details about projects to which they are assigned
Highly motivated and creative
Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
Ability to build relationships
Ph.D in science or engineering
Ability to influence decision-makers across all types of organizations
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
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