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University of Utah Senior Manager, DELPHI in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/12/2024

Requisition Number PRN37670B

Job Title Research Dev Associate III

Working Title Senior Manager, DELPHI

Job Grade G

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 U of U Health - Academics

Department 01488 - SVPHS Research Unit

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $78,300 to $99,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Research Unit ( SVPHS Research Unit) at University of Utah Health seeks a Senior Manager (Research Development Associate III ) to organize, and oversee all administrative aspects of theData Exploration and Learning for Precision Health Intelligence ( DELPHI ) Data Science Initiative ( . The goal of the DELPHI Initiative is to catalyze interdisciplinary data-science driven research to drive innovation in health and medicine.

The Senior Manager will play a pivotal role in the strategic planning and execution of the DELPHI Initiative. This includes developing and implementing a wide range of strategic, proactive, and capacity building activities designed to enable and enhance data science research that includesstrategic research advancement, communication of research and research opportunities, enhancement of collaboration and team science, proposal development, and nurturing alliances between and among faculty at the U of U and funding agencies. A key function of this position is to work with stakeholders to develop program proposals, budgets (including a schedule for obtaining external support), goals, and implementation plans for review by health sciences center leadership. The individual in this position will be expected to operate independently to achieve program outcomes. In addition, this individual will contribute to emerging and ongoing SVPHS Research Unit initiatives and administrative responsibilities.

The Senior Manager will be a part of the Research Program Development Team in the SVPHS Research Unit which oversees the development and implementation of key research strategic initiatives including the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center, the Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Diseases Initiative, the Center for Genomic Medicine, the Digital Health Initiative, and the Center for Medical Cannabis Research. To learn more about the other SVPHS Research Unit strategic research initiatives, please visit: . The Senior Manager will report to the Director of Research Program Development and will work alongside the DELPHI Co-Directors and Steering Committee to lead the initiative.

This position is eligible for telework in a hybrid telework & in-person environment.

About SVPHS Research Unit

The SVPHS Research Unit seeks to strengthen programs, departments, and colleges within University of Utah Health by assisting in research strategic planning, decision support, goal setting, administrative and programmatic expertise, and program development. We are an inclusive and accessible workplace who believes that belonging is everyone’s responsibility. We prioritize our team’s well-being and actively support each other. We strive to create a positive and supportive team atmosphere that fosters personal and professional growth.

About the University of Utah and Benefits

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 our Benefits website for more information:


  1. Support DELPHI Co-Directors and Steering Committee in strategic planning, execution, and evaluation of the DELPHI Initiative on behalf of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences ( SVPHS ).
  2. Manage DELPHI budget.
  3. Identify research priority areas by collaborating with Faculty and/or Principal Investigators and other key personnel for strategic research. Coordinate resources and tools to promote collaboration.
  4. Serve as institutional representative to the university community and external visitors and may provide information and analysis to support formal partnerships with external entities.
  5. Support Office of Advancement colleagues in their efforts to fundraise for DELPHI .
  6. Identify federal, foundation and corporation funding opportunities based on DELPHI interests. Identify complementary research interests among faculty and assemble competitive teams to respond to funding opportunities.
  7. Participate in and manage the preparation of complex research proposals, including participation in proposal writing, alignment of PIs and key personnel, resource and budget recommendations, and timeline development. Serve as a liaison with sponsors, department offices and partnering institutions. With the assistance of support staff, ensure that applications comply with sponsor and University requirements. Provide strategic advice on making proposals competitive by editing and reviewing proposal drafts and writing non-technical proposal components. Provide proposal and award information-related metrics. Disseminate grant opportunities and proposal development tools.
  8. Oversee the execution of a seed grant program to catalyze research.
  9. Support educational initiatives within DELPHI including workshops, trainings, and developing new curriculum with domain experts.
  10. Organize internal research community building events (e.g., symposia, seminar series, networking events) and provide major oversight of DELPHI’s communications and marketing platforms.
  11. Identify opportunities for collaboration with other academic centers, health systems, and industry. Provide project management support for building formal partnerships.
  12. Support the University’s government relations and communications teams in conveying the vision, accomplishments and needs of the DELPHI and its initiatives.
  13. Oversee and support the strategic planning of the DELPHI Data Curation Core.
  14. Support recruitment of faculty within the biomedical data science space.
  15. Coordinate with the administration of the Responsible AI Initiative to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  16. As requested by the SVPHS Research Unit, participate in broader institutional initiatives, proposal and award applications, staff mentoring, and other administrative assignments.
  17. Hire, train and mentor staff as needed.

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 or Bachelor’s degree + four years of related experience or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience).

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


1. MS or PhD degree (life-science or computational field preferred)

2. Two or more years of highly relevant program development experience

3. University experience

4. Strong organizational skills

5. Significant experience in technical writing and/or communication

6. Experience with complex program development and management

7. Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

8. Willingness and ability to work flexibly and on short notice in order to meet tight deadlines

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional 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.

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