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The specialist will develop and conduct applied research and technical assistance projects and participate in the collaborative design and implementation of projects with other faculty. This position, reporting to the director of the office, is a restricted calendar year, administrative and professional faculty appointment. Responsibilities: Design and implement projects addressing economic and community development needs across Virginia on subjects such as research commercialization, manufacturing extension, distributed research centers, strategic innovation partnerships, asset-based development, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning. This requires the specialist to undertake the following:
Conduct diverse forms of research and analysis such as economic impact and feasibility studies, market analysis, cluster studies, strategic planning, and program design and evaluation with emphasis on economically distressed areas in Virginia. Prepare reports and deliver public presentations to project clients and other stakeholder’s derived from that research.
Write and submit sponsored project proposals, including scope of work, budget development, and secure funding from national, state, and local sources to support a substantial portion of salary and fringe for this position.
Develop contacts with current and potential clients across the public, private, and non-profit sectors through regular travel around the state, active participation in professional associations, and other marketing activities of the unit.
Build strong relationships with academic departments at the university, and include faculty as partners in projects.
Participate in internal evaluations and conduct impact assessments of past projects.
Participate in recruiting, selecting, and managing graduate assistants and undergraduate interns.
Experience with applied research or technical assistance projects in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting.
Experience with research and practice grounded in economic concepts and their application.
Possess exemplary communication and analytical skills.
Demonstrate capacity as a highly organized, creative, entrepreneurial self-starter, capable of contributing to a team.
Advanced degree in planning, public administration, business, economics or a related field.
Willingness to undertake extensive travel, primarily within the state of Virginia.
An understanding of and interest in contributing to the scholarship of economic development.
Possess experience with grant writing for federal funding agencies.
Demonstrate the ability to build collaborative teams across organizations.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfil...ls its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
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