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Managing Director
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Jan. 14, 2020
Title Managing Director
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, United States
Department Illinois Applied Research Institute, College of Engineering
Application Deadline Feb. 2, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Administration - Academic Unit
Managing Director
Illinois Applied Research Institute
College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Applied Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a highly motivated Managing Director. ARI's mission is to deliver cutting-edge research and development services and solutions to external partners in a variety of key impact areas, including defense and security, building science, advanced manufacturing, and health. Technical capabilities in the Institute include algorithms and software development; materials and manufacturing process design, characterization, and deployment; monitoring, diagnostics, and control with sensors and data fusion; and workforce training. Reporting to the ARI Director, the Managing Director will provide the necessary expertise and broad organizational and management skills to support the continual growth of ARI's external grant and contract portfolio.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

The individual's job responsibilities include:
  • Manage and help to build the grant and contract portfolio across the Institute in collaboration with the ARI Director and ARI professional staff.
  • Steward proposal and grant development, including gathering information, organizing submissions, interfacing with collaborators on inter-institutional submissions, scheduling meetings, supporting any necessary outreach activities, and coordinating reporting requirements.
  • Broadly oversee research program performance, research team development, proposal production and submission, and site visits of funding agencies.
  • Supervise research proposal support staff, including work assignment and performance management. Collaborate with staff in the College of Engineering's Office of Research as well as other similar offices around campus to build suitable teams to pursue external funding opportunities.
  • Provide partnership development assistance to ARI staff by collaborating, fostering, and helping to manage and expand partnerships with key stakeholders.

  • Support the management and operations of ARI in the following areas:
  • Track annual research expenditures, including management and planning of staff effort on contracts and advise the ARI Director on planning for future staffing needs and growth.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of a website and coordinate with the College of Engineering to develop a media presence for ARI.
  • Travel occasionally to various locations in the U.S. to attend proposal/industry days, reverse site visits, workshops, and meetings representing ARI. This includes occasional overnight trips and non-standard hours of work.
  • Use independent judgment and decision making to proactively identify issues and make recommendations for solutions to the ARI Director that result in the successful execution of ARI's mission.
  • Perform other related managing director duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, Training, Knowledge):
  • Master's degree.
  • 5 years of managerial and administrative experience with major research centers or similar university, non-profit, government, or industrial unit.
  • 5 years demonstrated experience involving a collaborative, multidisciplinary research team.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Strong proficiency in all forms of communication and ability to be a team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of constituents.
  • Ability to create and deliver concise and informative presentations.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Proven analytical and project management skills.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, Training, Knowledge):
  • PhD.
  • 7 years of managerial and administrative experience with a major research center or similar university, non-profit, government, or industrial unit.
  • 7 - 10 years of demonstrated experience involving a collaborative, multidisciplinary research team.
  • Knowledge of University guidelines and procedures for general accounting, proposal processing, and grant administration.
  • Strong leadership abilities in research project development and management.
  • Direct experience in the coordination of research funding proposals.
  • Proven financial and personnel management skills.
  • Demonstrated management experience with research programs.
  • Familiarity with higher education environment.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply, please complete a candidate profile at and upload the following as a single file: a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. To ensure full consideration, all requested information must be submitted by February 2, 2020. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

For further information regarding application procedures, contact Summer Redman at or 217-300-5400.

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