Director of Research Development (Research Associate)

Atlanta, Georgia, United States Full-time

The Georgia Institute of Technology is widely regarded as one of the world’s top technological research universities.

We dream big — mapping out new solutions and working hand-in-hand with industry and government to create the next big breakthrough or tailor collaborations focused on solving their toughest problems.

At Georgia Tech we have the depth and breadth to readily adapt to a given challenge, the talent to find an ingenious solution, and the tenacity to keep going until we do. We’ve worked hard to develop this practical, powerful, and flexible approach. It’s what sets us apart from other research universities – and helps our students, faculty, and partners capitalize on real-world opportunities.

Georgia Tech’s innovation ecosystem brings together education, research, industry, and government with a focus on creating transformative opportunities, strengthening collaborative partnerships, and positively impacting the economy and society.


Provide specialized large proposal development, oversight and support on behalf of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research. Serve as the primary resource for large proposal teams at all stages, driving the collaborative process forward


This position will interact on a consistent basis with: Executive and Associate Vice Presidents for Research, academic and research faculty, central and unit research administrators, finance staff, and a wide variety of faculty and staff in relevant campus units. This position typically will advise and counsel: academic and research faculty, unit research administrators. This position will supervise: Supervise and support staff engaged in research development activities.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

Educate faculty on upcoming large proposal priorities/opportunities and connect them to relevant resources.

Recommend best practices for Principal Investigators on proposal design and writing.

Consult on early stage proposal strategy, teaming and development. Serve as project manager for select, advance-stage proposal teams by coordinating proposal content; verifying completeness and consistency; ensuring that campus entities outside of team provide all required input/approvals.

Provide professional technical writing review, edits, and/or draft and templates of core proposal documents (particularly management plans, broader impact statements, data management plans, etc.).

Manage periodic critical reviews, both internal and external, of draft proposals.

Analyze proposal reviews and provide feedback to investigators or other institutional officials.

Coordinate funding agency site visits and review response reports.

Partner with home unit to transition projects from pre-award to post-award; consult on early establishment and implementation of positions, processes, etc.

Develop tools and resources for efficient administrative processes to support Principal Investigators’ initiatives.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Degrees required for this job: Master's degree in Engineering, Science, Business Administration or related area or equivalent combination of education and experience
Degrees preferred: Ph.D.
Years of experience required for this job: Ten or more years academic/research related experience.


Specialized skills required for this job:
This job requires demonstrated success at managing teams of faculty in preparing and submitting large, complex grant proposals at a higher education institution; excellent professional/technical persuasive writing ability; demonstrated ability to work effectively as both leader and member of teams that may include faculty, staff, students, and administrators; ability to work independently with minimal supervision; ability to maintain flexibility and prioritize tasks under tight deadlines. ability to think creatively and strategically, while remaining detail-oriented; ability to maintain confidentiality and apply judgment, discretion, and initiative in coordinate complex tasks; working knowledge of federal, state, and foundation requirements for grant proposals; computer proficiency and the ability to learn new software packages quickly.

To apply:

Applications will be received immediately, until the position has been filled. We anticipate a start date of October 2019. but this date is negotiable based on the selected applicant. A complete application will include cover letter that addresses qualifications for this position; a resume/vita; and the names, titles, and contact information (email, phone) for four professional references (references will not be contacted without prior notification)- all in a single PDF or Word file.

Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its obligations under federal law, each company that is a federal contractor or subcontractor is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans.