Director of Research Infrastructure Support - OVPR
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 19761
The Office of the Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) supports and seeks to grow Tufts’ research enterprise. The Office provides the key services necessary to deliver exceptional results in research. The OVPR works in collaboration with leadership, faculty, staff and students to commence strategic initiatives to advance the research and scholarship enterprise at Tufts, all the while protecting the University’s interests and ensuring Tufts is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
What You'll Do
The Director of Research Infrastructure Support reports to the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research, Strategy & Operations, and serves as a centralized lead for research infrastructure planning and strategic support, working across campus to maximize scientific output and operational efficiencies within Tufts research infrastructure and core facilities. This position provides leadership and guidance on the enhancement of strategic, administrative, operational, and marketing activities of Tufts core facilities and broader research infrastructure.
Leads strategic planning for Tufts research infrastructure with regards to core facility and broad use instrumentation capabilities, focused on maximizing usage capacity, forecasting equipment maintenance and technology refresh needs
Coordinates with core facility management to establish and operationalize the appropriate and necessary research infrastructure to advance the institutions research mission and to facilitate productive and sustainable research activities and external engagement
Oversees and directs the day-to-day provision of operational and user support of centralized core facilities, ensuring optimal customer satisfaction, adherence to relevant funding agency provisions, and compliance with all relevant regulations, guidelines, policies, and standards
Oversees installation of new equipment and maintenance/vendor relations for equipment service, negotiate service contracts, and troubleshoot/repair equipment not under service contract. Identify and decommission out of date equipment and technology
Develops and implements policies and procedures for identifying, processing, and administering user proposals; develops comprehensive systems for capturing appropriate tracking data
Provides guidance and useful tools for core facility short-term goals and objectives, long-range strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; allowing leaders across Tufts to monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness, and to facilitate changes required for improvement
Manages core facility communications, including website, social media, client feedback and print media. Conduct tours, demonstrations, and instructional workshops
Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff
Leads and/or assists in preparation and writing of grant and budget proposals. Prepare written and oral reports to other units, and support agencies. Collaborate on relevant grant opportunities for core operating support, infrastructure expansion/sustainment and scientific instrument purchases
Presents core services and research findings at seminars and conferences
What We're Looking For
Knowledge and experience as typically acquired through completion of a Doctoral degree from an accredited institution
5+ years of progressively responsible related research experience
Advanced experience developing budgets that are compliant with Federal Cost Accounting principles
Experience in business strategy and operations and in developing business models/marketing services to both internal and external customers
Demonstrated track record of developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships among stakeholders in university, industry, government and/or the non-profit sector
Excellent technical and interpersonal communication skills and comfortable with public speaking
Outstanding leadership skills and the ability to build transdisciplinary teams
Strong documentation skills to assist in writing proposals, comprehensive reports for clients and collaboration for scientific projects
Experienced technical writer
Knowledge of website development and marketing opportunities
Knowledge of and experience with financial auditing for research related operations/programs
Understanding of scholarly output including maximizing funded research
Experience working with information systems and programs
Experienced working within a technology focused environment
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Expectation to work onsite is typically 2-3 days a week, with some flexibility
Ability to travel between campuses including Boston (Health Sciences), Medford and Grafton
Minimum $136,200.00, Midpoint $170,250.00, Maximum $204,300.00
Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.
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