Job Information

University of Utah Assoc. Dir. of Research Development in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/17/2023

Requisition Number PRN33489B

Job Title Assoc Dir, Research Dev

Working Title Assoc. Dir. of Research Development

Job Grade H

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00113 - College of Science-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $80,000-$110,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy at the University of Utah is hiring a talented and innovative professional for the role of Associate Director of Research Development.

The Wilkes Center was formed in the summer of 2022. The Center strives to provide transformative, integrative, and cutting-edge science, education, entrepreneurship, and practical solutions to tackle climate change in Utah, the United States, and the globe.

This position will support the creation and submission of external research proposals related to the goals and priorities of the Wilkes Center. Under direction of Center leadership, the Associate Director of Research Development will work with faculty and staff associated with the Center to identify and pursue research funding focused on climate science and policy. Special attention will be paid to complex large-scale federal, state, and foundation funding opportunities that involve interdisciplinary scopes and multiple researchers.

The role will require project management, budget, compliance, writing, and editorial skills. A working knowledge of funding agencies (e.g. NSF , DOE , NIH , etc.) and proposal development best-practices is essential. This position will also work with other units across campus like the Office for Sponsored Projects and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The University of Utah is located at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains and offers a rich benefits package including affordable health insurance on the first day, generous retirement contributions of 14.2%, 13 paid holidays per year plus vacation accruals each month, tuition reduction for employees and families, paid parental leave and more. Please visit the University of Utah’s benefits website for more information:


Proposal-related responsibilities include identifying applicable grant opportunities, proposal project management, interpreting program guidelines, communicating with sponsors and partners, developing proposal budgets, writing non-technical proposal components, editing and formatting proposal documents, providing strategic advice to increase competitiveness, and assuring compliance with applicable proposal requirements. Occasional post-award and reporting support may also be required.

Project management responsibilities include working with principal investigators and grants and contracts officers to establish a timeline for items required for submission, scheduling and organizing individual or group meetings in order to meet deadlines related to the timeline, developing and collecting collaboration and document management agreements, coordinating required materials from external partners and stakeholders, and ensuring that applications comply with sponsor and University requirements.

Establishes internal objectives and implements procedures to meet goals. Assists in setting short and long-term goals for research activity related to the Center.

Facilitates cooperative and collaborative relationships with the University of Utah community and other institutions.

Serves as part of the Center’s management team and coordinates with other pre-award professionals in the College of Science.

Help develop the Center’s research processes and focuses. Since the Center is new, many of the position’s activities, both strategic and operational, will not have a clear precedent.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree + two years of related experience or Bachelor’s degree + six years of related experience or 14 years of related experience.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


MS or PhD degree

5 or more years of relevant grant proposal development experience

5 of more years of relevant grant writing experience

Experience working for a federal funding agency or institute of higher education

Strong organization and time management skills

Commitment to integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into all responsibilities

Experience with complex team-building and demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.