Coordinator II, Research Development - Research & Engagement

University Of Tennessee Knoxville , TN 37902

Posted 2 months ago

Coordinator II, Research Development- Office of Research & Engagement

Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 40, Salary DOE&Q


This position reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development within the Office of Research and Engagement. Among other activities, Research Development is responsible for the coordination of a team approach for major strategic and/or large scale, multidisciplinary or multi investigator research projects involving faculty and administrative staff from various colleges and central administrative units. This position supports proposal preparation and submission, as they work on 1) proposals of diverse scope which require a thorough understanding of complex regulations and 2) complex proposals that will involve multiple investigators and/or multiple sub awards. At the direction of their supervisor, the individual in this position will conduct activities related to capture management, including early warning for funding opportunities, federal agency engagement, and policy analysis; proposal development; and other activities in support of research development programs. Responsibilities include preparing concept papers, proposals, and other documents to be submitted by university personnel. At times, this can involve coordination with various external partners, including other universities; industrial and corporate contacts; and state agencies to build teams in support of the Pl's research. In addition, this position is responsible for maintaining UT's internal portfolio by researching, developing, updating, and preparing information and communication material on faculty alignment with UT's research strengths and responding to requests from external partners about potential collaborators and funders.

Specific duties include:

  • Maintain UT's internal portfolio as it relates to faculty research interests and assets to facilitate partnering and relationships with funders by identifying faculty research interests and strengths; maintaining working knowledge of faculty areas of expertise; and providing information for presentations and communications shared with internal and external partners about faculty strengths, research interests, ongoing projects, and research impacts

  • Support UT-hosted conferences and meetings, as well as faculty travel to federal agency-hosted events for the purpose of networking with federal program officers.

  • Identify and review potential relevant funding opportunities

  • Support and assist investigators in the coordination and preparation of large-scale, multidisciplinary proposals by working closely with the Managers and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development

  • Edit, coordinate, design, and perform other activities related to proposal development

  • Support workshops, conferences, and other events aimed at better positioning faculty to obtain external funding

  • Develop and maintain familiarity with sponsor trends and federal agencies' missions; assist Pis in identifying appropriate funding sources; gather funding and competitive intelligence on behalf of the Pl and/or research team

  • Actively participate in RD strategic planning and team building efforts

Minimum Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Minimum of four (4) years' experience with Bachelor's degree or two (2) years' experience with Master's degree

Minimum Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience responding to RFPs/RFAs/PAs/FOAs/BAAs from federal and/or nonfederal sponsors

  • Enthusiasm for supporting UT faculty's research and strong interest in developing knowledge of research development principles and best practices

  • Ability to apply independent judgment, and work across broad and diverse subject areas related to research development and research administration

  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and implement university policies and procedures

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate collegially and knowledgeably with faculty in an array of disciplines

  • Outstanding planning, problem-solving, analytical, organizational, project management, and customer service skills

  • Ability to influence and build work relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels

  • Ability to manage a significant volume of overlapping work assignments

  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet external, hard deadlines

  • Ability to work independently, coordinating and prioritizing multiple projects

  • Excellent, demonstrable computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database programs, and internet searches

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree

  • Experience in research administration

  • Experience working with faculty and other researchers in an academic or laboratory setting

  • Experience working with funding agency electronic research administration tools (RePORT, Fastlane, eRA Commons,, etc.)

  • Experience analyzing RFPs/RFAs/PAs/FOAs/BAAs from federal and/or nonfederal sponsors

Additional Information

  • The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • The following electronic documents should be included with the application: Cover letter, resume, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) references.

Related Websites

  • Office of Research & Engagement:

  • Research Development: team/.

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