With more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 400 faculty and 1,200 staff, and upwards of 45,000 alumni, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States. Faculty, staff, and students at CALS are at the cutting edge of research in the life sciences, environmental sustainability, agricultural science, social sciences, economic development, communication, and information science. The land grant mission of the College, which encompasses research, education, and extension programs, allows for the creation and dissemination of knowledge that makes a difference for students, the citizens of New York, the nation, and people around the globe.
As the CALS Associate Director of Proposal Advancement, this position will develop and lead proposal development advancement services for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to increase the success of principal investigators (PIs) in obtaining external funding in areas of strategic importance to CALS, primarily in competitions for large, extramural, multi-investigator grants and contracts, including multi-disciplinary center and facility proposals, training grants, and other major awards that can have particularly significant impact in advancing CALS's research enterprise.
With considerable latitude for exercising judgment and self-direction, the person in this position will work directly with PIs, college and department administrators, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Proposal Advancement (OSP), and OSP Associate Director of Proposal Advancement to assemble teams of staff and external experts to support PIs in proposal development and submission. Together with these campus partners, the CALS Associate Director will develop and provide information, training, and other resources for PIs and the broader research community to increase and facilitate participation in competitions for external funding in areas of strategic importance as well as in targeted funding areas, such as early career awards, and to enhance overall proposal development expertise and success in CALS and across the campus.
This position, in collaboration with eligible Principal Investigators (PIs), assists in the execution of proposals and applications which reflect the superior quality and robust competitiveness of Cornell University research. Under the direction of CALS Senior Administrative Director, and in collaboration with the OSP Associate Director, the CALS Associate Director is dedicated to proposal development for faculty and researchers preparing major, cross-disciplinary research and development projects.
The CALS Associate Director will coordinate inter-institutional proposal development activities that require the creation and fostering of relationships between and amongst colleges, schools, and institutions with shared or complimentary research interests and expertise. The CALS Associate Director will collaborate with PIs to translate research, program ideas, and concepts into specific practical proposal concepts for external funding and the CALS Associate Director will establish college infrastructure, processes, resources, and guidelines to facilitate collaboration among college and university PIs in reduce administrative burden and provide support for high quality, externally funded projects. This position will:
Establish a college wide framework of communication protocols, collaboration tools, guidelines and processes that will simplify and encourage/incentivize faculty to seek and apply for mega proposal opportunities.
Support the development of a faculty-led committee which will advise the College Leadership on large, extramural, multi-investigator grants and contracts approaches and methods.
Establish a working group consisting of CALS Office of Sponsored Research, Cornell Office of Sponsored Programs, external consultants, etc. with a focus on creating a PI support and response team that will provide efficient, effective, and agile responses to faculty seeking large, multi-PI, and or multi-intuitional proposal grant submissions.
Assist CALS PIs with identifying CALS-focused funding opportunities.
The CALS Associate Director also has a dotted line reporting relationship to OSP through the director of OSP. This position will work closely with the OSP Associate Director of Proposal Advancement and OVPR leadership to develop and deliver university proposal advancement services and programs, inclusive of mechanisms to enhance communication and outreach to the broader CALS and university research community to increase and facilitate successful participation in targeted funding areas.
Graduate degree in science with a minimum of 7 years of experience successfully managing proposal development in a multi-disciplinary research organization.
An in-depth understanding of the proposal preparation and submission process and proven successful experience working with researchers to develop successful large-scale proposals to major federal funding agencies.
Demonstrated experience in managing the development of successful grants; familiarity with various sponsoring agency and electronic research administration systems
Ability to understand and explain organization policies and positions on topics such as intellectual property rights, facilities and administration costs, and cost-sharing.
Knowledge of grants administration, policies, and procedures; understanding of Uniform Guidance and federal regulatory compliance requirements including conflict of interest, export controls, and research involving animals and humans.
Demonstrated ability to interpret and understand funding agency and program priorities, policies, politics, and deadlines.
Ability to analyze program announcements and work with CALS leadership and PIs to develop proposal strategies.
Proven ability to develop effective project plans, timelines, and deliverables and to assemble teams to provide the expertise and manpower to complete projects.
Proven success in managing relationships between sponsors, investigators, and the research organization is required.
Ability to understand and navigate formal and informal decision-making networks and to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders within a highly decentralized organization, and with individuals external to the organization. Proven success in leading projects through influence and collaboration.
Exceptional problem solving, organizational, and analysis skills. Ability to utilize office software and other electronic tools to successfully and efficiently conduct tasks. Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Service oriented with the ability to make judgments and have integrity to effectively serve faculty while protecting, representing, and advancing the University's best interests
Excellent critical thinking and creative problem solving skills; a sense of humor and an energy level conducive to working in a deadline-driven environment.
PhD or terminal degree in agriculture or life sciences. Research experience and/or managing a research operation in a large decentralized organization, preferably in academia.
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