Assistant Director of Research Development


Cambridge, MA, United States

Assistant Director of Research Development

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, MA

The Office of Research Development (ORD) in the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) at MIT seeks an assistant director of research development. Will lead and coordinate the activities and communications necessary for developing multi-investigator and multi-institutional proposals supporting large research initiatives, management of campus limited submission and other funding opportunity competitions, and ODR communications and training; and assist the director of research development. Responsibilities include working closely with principal investigators and executive directors to identify project needs and budget-related costs, providing input and drafting non-scientific sections of proposals (e.g., budgets; management/evaluation/data sharing plans, etc.); collaborating on evaluating solicitation requirements; preparing solicitation and internal competition announcements; drafting and coordinating letters of support on behalf of nominees; submitting nominations/applications on VPR’s behalf; and providing advice on effective management of solicitation process.


·        B.A./B.S.

·        5 years’ work experience in a research development, proposal preparation, and research administration role, preferably within a university/academic health center/medical school.

·        Experience at the administrative level in pre and post-award sponsored research administration.

·        Excellent problem-solving and project-management skills.

·        Working knowledge of federal policies/regulations related to sponsored project administration.

·        Advanced-level computer proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

·        Must be self-motivated and pay attention to detail.

·        Must be able to write and assemble successful funding applications to government agencies/private foundations/industry.

·        Learn and implement changing technology related to grants and contracts management.

·        Organize and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and deadlines.

·        Work independently in a fast-paced environment. 

·        Research development experience at a major research institution; experience managing the pre-and post-award grants and contract activities for a department/lab/center is preferred.

·        Experience developing large, complex proposals submissions is desire.

·        Knowledge of Kuali Coeus or similar research administration system and familiarity with Wrike or similar project management software is preferred.  

Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 18026 and indicate where you saw this posting. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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