Strategic Research Portfolio Director

University Of Tennessee Knoxville , TN 37902

Posted 5 months ago

General Description:

TheOffice of Research & Engagement seeks an experienced professional tocontribute to the growth of strategic research and innovation throughout the

University of Tennessee, Knoxville by developing key relationships between theuniversity and federal mission agencies, their laboratories, and potentialresearch partners. The Office ofResearch & Engagement is seeking candidates who have the ability tocontribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the


ThePortfolio Director will advise investigators on emerging research andengagement opportunities and with strategic planning using businessintelligence and information gained or extrapolated from direct contact withfederal program offices and others in the R&D community. In addition, the

Portfolio Director will explore opportunities for strategic researchpartnerships with organizations external to UTK. The Portfolio Director willserve as an active facilitator in connecting University investigators withagency staff to capitalize on the strengths of the research program at the

University of Tennessee, Knoxville and to meet the ongoing needs of the agency.The Portfolio Director will maintain relationships with agency representativesto enhance the research competitiveness of investigators. The Portfolio Directorwill also collaborate with the Office of Research & Engagement team toprovide programmatic direction to the Science Alliance (SA), a Tennessee HigherEducation Commission Center of Excellence focused upon creating and fostering astrong collaborative bond between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville andthe Oak Ridge National Laboratory. SA initiatives are inclusive of the

Distinguished Scientist Program, the Joint Directed Research and DevelopmentProgram (JDRD), SA sponsored graduate student fellowships and other missioncongruent programs and activities.

Position Competencies:

  • Knowledgeof and experience working in or with federal mission agencies or theirassociated research laboratories such as the Department of Energy (DOE),Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Commerce, National Aeronautics and

Space Agency (NASA), or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  • Excellentinterpersonal skills.

  • Strongoral communication skills and the ability to translate broad and diversesubject areas including highly complex scientific and technical areas tolayman's terms.

  • Avisionary and goal oriented individual with demonstrated experience inplanning, developing, and implementing research programs and with organizingevents such as conferences, workshops, and symposia to showcase universityresearch capabilities.

  • Abilityto build trust, credibility, and working relationships with internal andexternal partners as well as a demonstrated capacity to work effectively on ateam or independently.


Amaster's degree with a minimum 3 years, or a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 5 years, of relevant experiencein an R&D organization.

Experiencerelated to the performance of research, the translation of research, federalagency relations, business development, university research management,university partnerships, and/or federal science and technology fundingprograms.

Experienceas a federal program officer will be considered as equivalent to the statedexperience requirement.


Specificknowledge of the Department of Energy through prior work experience or otherextensive exposure.

Demonstratedexperience advocating and promoting university research with an emphasis onprior experience within a research intensive (R1) environment or within anational laboratory.

Knowledgeof DOE science and technology and ofORNL research focus areas is highly beneficial.

Adegree in a STEM field.

Additional Applicant Information:

A review ofapplications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Pleaseattach the following electronic documents to the application: a letter ofinterest, resume, and the names and contact information of at least 3professional references.

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