The Senior Project Director for the Office of Research Strategy and Innovation in the Mailman School of Public Health will report to and work closely with the Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation (VDRSI) and provide a range of services to support faculty research success.
The Mailman School of Public Health consistently has annual awards in excess of $250,000,000, including support from CDC, NIH, and a range of other federal and private agencies and organizations. The Office of VDRSI oversees the research operations within the School. Specific efforts for this position include fostering and coordinating competitive, complex, strategic, and interdisciplinary grant proposals, as well as working on special projects in the Vice Dean???s office. This may include assisting with the organization of research events (symposia, seminars), analyzing research metrics, and facilitating collaboration across the School. The VDRSI also oversees the industry relations and corporate partnerships team at the School and works closely with Columbia Tech Ventures to develop industry partnerships. Research in the Mailman School of Public spans a large range of disciplines including biostatistics, data science, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, population and family medicine, health policy and management, and sociomedical sciences.
At times the Senior Project Director will work with key School leaders, including the Associate Dean for Research Resources and the Associate Dean for Research Administration, to oversee the preparation of high-priority applications. This includes project management services, writing or assisting in writing both the scientific and non-scientific components of the application, and leading the coordination of entire proposal process. This position may also assist in the promotion and review of pilot grant programs.
The incumbent must be able to work independently, be highly organized, and be able to work on multiple projects at the same time. The Director will work on a daily basis with the Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation to assure that effort is being directed at the projects of highest priority. Ideally, the Director will have experience working with faculty members, scientists, and other investigators in a range of research activity.
Subject to business needs, we may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process.
Maintain and analyze research performance metrics in the School (15%).
Coordinate and support proposal preparation and budget development for strategic and high-priority complex proposals under the direction of the VDRSI (20%).
In partnership with Columbia Tech Ventures and Sponsored Projects Administration facilitate industry partnerships, including research and service agreements (20%).
In collaboration with Research Resources, participate in the scientific review and monitoring of pilot grant program proposals and awards (10%).
Assist with research events supported by the Office of Research Strategy and Innovation (10%).
Develop and maintain a central resources of commonly needed School and University level data and text for standard sections (Resources and Environment, Equipment, Statistical and Computational Support) (10%).
In collaboration with the Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation, develop School-level strategies for growth and expansion of the research enterprise, including the evaluation of proposal success (10%).
Other duties as required (5%).
Additional responsibilities include:
Negotiate with external organizations to establish and maintain relationships
Advise University investigators and administrators on research-related procedures and processes
Review and make recommendations for School-wide research projects
Develop project/program infrastructure standard operating procedures, workflow processes and re-engineering processes
Research, evaluate and implement new analytical systems
Collaborate/consult with researchers by reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations for project/program initiatives
Provide leadership to project/program including initiating, conducting, reporting, and providing technical support and project management
Develop proposals and budgets; research plans, cost estimates, budget justifications, and statements of work
Contribute to operations affected by project/program; work with individuals internal and external to project/program to exchange information, solve problems, resolve conflicts, develop workflow processes, allocate department resources across projects, and ensure efficient and effective implementations of initiatives
Contribute to strategic planning of the VDRSI office
Maintain appropriate documents and reports
Advise investigators and administrators on appropriate methodologies and resources to implement projects/programs
Supervise project/program staff including hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, and developing staff
Requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience plus five years of related experience including working with faculty in an academic or research setting and knowledge of extramural grant proposal development.
Understanding and familiarity with a broad range of science or technical subject matter and extramural grant funding mechanisms, as demonstrated through education or experience.
Superior writing, analytical, and project management skills. Familiarity with institutional and funding agency proposal submission systems.
A graduate degree in Science, Health Science, Engineering or related technical field is highly desirable.
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