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Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research, Strategy and Operations
Tufts University

Date Posted Jan. 5, 2023
Title Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research, Strategy and Operations
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Research
    Development/Institutional Advancement
    Business & Administration


The Office of the Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) provides the key services necessary to deliver exceptional results in research. To learn more about the OVPR visit

What You'll Do

Reporting directly to the new Vice Provost for Research, this newly-created position will serve as a member of the executive leadership team for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) and is responsible for oversight and management of critical strategic planning and implementation of priority initiatives to drive, advance, and support the universities research interests in close collaboration with campus leadership.

  • Manages day-to-day operations of strategic research development programming and partnership development initiatives. Provides oversight of internal grants programs and strategic investments, ensuring return on investment is captured and reported
  • Leads a team of staff focused on growing the funded research portfolio of the university
  • Serves as a liaison to external research partnerships at the local, regional, and national level, to include maintaining close working relationships with federal, state, congressional and industry partners
  • Ensures all programs are well planned, marketed, produced, and evaluated for institutional success
  • Leads the development and implementation of research strategic plans and associated strategic initiatives. Supports the research enterprise in reaching performance metrics, including increased research expenditure, increased research grant and scholarly awards and increased industry income
  • Designs and maintains analytic tools to monitor performance of initiatives, communicates key findings and identifies system level trends in research performance
  • Fosters external research partnerships, to include securing grants, contracts, agreements, and public/private partnerships in support of institutional initiatives. Leads federal and congressional partnership initiatives, to include coordination of DC delegations, campus site visits, conferences, and teleconferences with officials to enhance the institution’s research profile
  • Provides business and research development support for research Centers and Institutes. Provides guidance and support for faculty and researcher professional development and assists in the coordination of efforts towards faculty recruitment, cluster hiring initiatives and efforts for faculty retention
  • Serves as a facilitator of multi- and inter-disciplinary research between internal and external research stakeholders
  • Evaluates all programs to support development and timely submission of project reports to affiliated parties
  • Responsible for effectively managing staff resources, establishing goals, coaching, monitoring, and appraising performance, and ensuring professional development


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and 10+ years of experience in research development, strategic program management or management consulting
  • Extensive experience leading business-process improvement, organizational-change initiatives and familiarity with information-systems implementation
  • Advanced skills in strategy development, systems planning and change management
  • Knowledge of policy, practice, and organization of federal funding agencies; understanding of University issues in a broader context
  • A proven acumen for business operations and strategic planning
  • Experience in developing and effectively communicating value propositions
  • A general understanding of research funding processes and requirements
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate about academic research with technical, business and lay audiences
  • Understanding of the process of research and the needs of researchers
  • Experience in applying for and managing grants and contracts
  • Understanding of the legal, financial, and social aspects of technology transfer, intellectual property protection, management and licensing
  • Ability to understand University and school budgets and financial implications of decisions
  • Ability to lead and manage people, mediate disputes and communicate effectively with faculty, administration and staff
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, to negotiate successfully, to solve problems, to plan strategically and to make decisions in a fast paced environment where the consequences of decisions can have a large impact
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational skills and administrative experience, including the ability to interact effectively in a culturally and ethnically diverse community
  • Excellent leadership abilities to oversee multiple functions or departments
  • Ability to work across different functional areas and groups with all levels of management and staff
  • Overall understanding of the role of the research enterprise in a major research university
  • Emotional intelligence and professionalism in building customer/client relationships
  • Demonstrated operational management expertise and knowledge of the offices for which s/he will be responsible and related work processes
  • Excellent ability to establish metrics to measure effectiveness and efficiency of service team and drive strategic operational decisions
  • Excellent skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Business or Public Administration or another related field
  • Leadership experience in higher education



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