The Research Development office supports cancer-related sponsored funding and research activities within the MCC, which has 230 research members across 39 academic departments, 14 colleges, and 3 campuses (Twin Cities, Duluth, and Hormel Institute). The overarching role of the Research Development Manager is to ensure that the research mission of the MCC is robust and thriving. To that end, the Research Development Manager works closely with the MCC Associate Directors and the MCC Science Council to establish a cohesive vision for MCC research and develop strategies to execute that vision. The Research Development Manager manages MCC’s research support processes and infrastructure, provides leadership and supervision to the two MCC grant coordinators and functional leadership to other departmental research staff associated with the MCC, and serves as the center expert in research administration and development. The Research Development Manager will oversee 4 staff members for the Research Development Office.
Research Development 50%
Lead the development and implementation of MCC research development initiatives, policies, and procedures. Design, develop, and implement new administrative systems, databases, tracking and processes to ensure efficient and effective operation of research development services.
Engage in constant evaluation of the external funding climate for cancer-related research and how that climate relates to MCC’s research priorities and initiatives. Create, modify, and operationalize strategies accordingly.
Identify appropriate research metrics needed to inform MCC research priorities and work with MCC Operations to use existing UMN data systems to provide these individual and aggregate metrics.
Educate faculty and other staff to ensure proposals and reports are developed and submitted following sponsor and university policies. Provide a comprehensive portfolio report of current, past and unfunded proposals. Analyze portfolios and makes recommendations for improved outcomes, strategies and prioritizing of funding opportunities. Evaluate the technical merit of new grants proposals and present recommendations to faculty.
Develop, and operationalize the MCC Grant Review system as a function of the MCC Science Council to provide feedback to faculty on proposals before submission to sponsor.
Monitor and respond to researcher needs for increased capacity in areas such as grant review, grant writing and editing, meeting sponsor requirement, etc. Develop and deliver strategies for building capacity and services in these areas.
Identify and communicate external funding opportunities to MCC faculty, trainees, and senior research staff. Coordinate the compilation of external funding opportunities, review, and disseminate opportunities to all MCC members via the broad, weekly email update. Present targeted, strategic funding opportunities to faculty as appropriate.
Identify opportunities for large-scale research collaborations and proposals (center, project,etc.) and design strategies and incentives to help MCC researchers respond to these opportunities.
Cultivate relationships with and represent the MCC to likely sponsors, research partners,policymakers, and regulatory bodies.
Develop targeted messages for each based on analysis of their needs and how each relationship might benefit the MCC
Develop strategies for incentivizing research productivity in response to MCC research priorities and strategic plan goals. Specific tactics might include seed funding competitions, bridge funding, subsidizing visiting scholars and speakers.
Strategic and Operational Management 20%
Anticipate, plan and manage the needs of MCC’s two grant coordinators. Plan, create, and implement systems to improve workflow and efficiency. Evaluate personnel performance and make recommendations for professional development and growth. Assign duties and tasks to grant coordinators.
Manage pre-award processes to include coordination, preparation, review and submission of all proposals and reporting for sponsored grants and contracts. The Research Development Manager will consistently be responsible for the development and submission of high profile, high priority, complex grants and CCSG-related needs requiring coordination with multiple departments, colleges, and other institutions.
Lead the development and implementation of MCC pre-award initiatives, policies, and procedures. Design, develop, and implement new administrative systems, databases, tracking sheets and processes to simplify tasks and ensure efficient and effective operation of pre-award services.
Delegated authority to evaluate and approve/deny proposal routing forms for MCC-supported faculty.
Research Engagement 20%
Coordinate MCC’s Annual Cancer Research Symposium in collaboration with the MCC Operations Manager. The MCC Symposium highlights current and ongoing research activities and programs of faculty and staff. Work to engage interested alumni and assist in making connections with researchers. Monitor trends in abstract submission, attendance, and participant feedback to improve the event and create new features that address areas of concern.
Create a strategic communications plan for the Research Development Office that targets content for varied audiences of internal researchers, University of Minnesota colleagues, policymakers, competitors, collaborators, and funding agencies. As part of the communications plan, work closely with the MCC Communications team to develop the content strategy and the RD portion of the MCC website.
Promote, develop and evaluate team science initiatives by actively engaging MCC investigators around specific, strategic team science opportunities that require additional support and resources.
Coordinate and oversee the MCC Seminar Series. Analyze current issues in cancer research and work with researchers to identify topics that address those issues, while addressing the research priorities of the MCC Strategic Plan. Plan and deliver the events in collaboration with researchers, MCC administration and staff.
Maintain a professional network of research colleagues in other UMN colleges and units, as well as at other institutions. Engage in national professional organizations such as NORDP, NCURA, Science of Team Science and SRA.
Administrative management of the Cancer Research Career Enhancement (CRCE), which includes programming for the education and training of UMN undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty (500+ MCC member faculty and 1,300+ trainees).
Oversee the staff in the Research Development Office within the CCRB.
Assign tasks and prioritize duties to ensure timelines and that departmental objectives are met.
Develop work plans and goals for members of the Research Development team.
Develop training materials, policies, best practices, and guidelines for all processes and systems utilized in the Research Development Office. Ensure that team adheres to policies and practices. Review and update policies and practices frequently to reflect changes in requirements, regulatory guidelines and objectives, with consideration to the needs of all system campuses.
Recruit, hire, evaluate and discipline staff as needed.
Provide guidance, coaching and advice to staff when needed to solve problems or complete complex tasks.
BA/BS degree plus at least six years of experience in coordinating/administrative role, supporting faculty research in an institution of higher education
Experience as a senior individual contributor, often as the designated lead or frequently assigned leadership roles
Ability to oversee and direct multiple projects with fixed deadlines and to re-prioritize tasks as needed to successfully meet all deadlines
Demonstrated ability to work independently with guidance in only the most complex situations
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with collegiate co-workers, institutional colleagues, and external stakeholders
Knowledge of University of Minnesota policies and procedures pertaining to grants, contracts, and external sales activities
Proven experience in management and research administration
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with complex and sensitive issues
Experience in presenting to and working with executive-level leadership
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Strong problem-solving, analytical, organizational, leadership, communication, and coordination skills
Ability to make strategic decisions independently
Willingness to take ownership of projects, determine strategies needed to ensure success, and follow those strategies through to project end, making adjustments as needed
Masters Degree Preferred
Supervisory experience of at least 2 years or more
Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects
Evidence of interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituents
Experience serving as a spokesperson or representative of an organization
Experience with interdisciplinary, cross college & multi-project grant applications
Experience in cancer research, lab management, or research grant writing
Ability to move fluidly between strategic and operational projects and tasks
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