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Director, Strategic Research Development

Vice President for Research
22001907 Requisition #

Job Summary:

This position promotes growth of institutional research resources and funding through strategic planning, identification of sponsors, support for institutional partnerships and collaborations, and development of research projects.  Establishes and supervises project management teams to assist investigators in planning and preparation of research proposals in strategic areas.  Establishes and assesses progress of institutional research partnerships.  Coordinates with internal and external stakeholders, regulatory offices, and campus research teams.  Identifies funding opportunities and provides guidance to investigators.


Job Duties:

  1. Manage proposal development for basic, translational, and clinical research projects from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, as well as state, foundation, industry, and institutional sponsors. 
  2. Establish and supervise rapid project development teams, including budget, regulatory, and administrative personnel, faculty investigators, and other stakeholders.
  3. Write, critique, and edit proposal drafts.
  4. Work closely in proposal planning, development, and submission with research administration staff in Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Professions, and Nursing, and University Research offices, Office of Clinical Research, Clinical Trials Office, Office of Sponsored Projects, Institutional Advancement, and related units.
  5. Share expert knowledge of research funding agency programs, policies, and submission processes.
  6. Manage multiple projects and grant deadlines.
  7. Together with Information Management and Services team, develop and maintain software collaboration tools for project management, team communication, timetables, task assignment, and document sharing.
  8. Supervise Project Coordinator to develop libraries of grant components such as institutional resources, training plans, biographical sketches.
  9. Evaluate the effectiveness of research development strategies and disseminate best practices.
  10. Contribute to strategic planning for research development priorities and approaches.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree is preferred.



Nine (9) years’ experience in research, related administration, and grant preparation is required.


Seven (7) years’ experience with a graduate-level degree is preferred.


Benefits Overview

UT Health San Antonio offers an excellent benefits package for its employees. Employees who work at least 20 hours a week, with an appointment of at least 4.5 months, are eligible for benefits.

Medical- UT SELECT Medical insurance is offered free for employees and administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Family members can be added to the plan through payroll deduction. Employees and their dependents can also receive discounted copays and coinsurance when using UT Health Physicians, a network of 800 premier physicians including more than 100 specialists.

Dental - Three dental insurance plan options are available for employees and their families through Delta Dental Insurance Company, two PPOs and one dental HMO plan. Both PPO plans allow employees to choose any licensed dentist.

Vision- Fully insured Vision Care benefits are offered by Superior Vision Services. Two vision plan options that offer either standard or enhanced vision benefits. Life Employees receive $40,000 of group term life insurance and $40,000 of basic accidental death and dismemberment insurance for free, with options to purchase additional employee and dependent coverage for both at group rates.

Retirement- Employees are eligible for either the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). TRS is a defined benefit retirement plan which UT Health matches employee contributions. ORP is for eligible faculty staff employees. Voluntary retirement programs are also available to invest before- or after-tax dollars with the choice of five quality retirement plan providers.

Time Off- A generous leave program offers multiple paid leave options:

Front-loaded Paid Time Off: 128 to 208 hours (16 to 26 days) of Paid Time Off based on years of service, given at the start of each fiscal year. PTO may be prorated in year one based on date of hire.

Extended Illness Bank: 8 hours (1 day) accrued per month which can be used for illness or injury after one day of Paid Time Off is taken.

Paid Family Leave: Up to 240 hours (6 weeks) to care for a spouse, child, or parent after 6 months of consecutive employment.

Holidays: 12 set paid holidays each year plus three floating holidays, which can be used anytime during the fiscal year.

FSAs- Employees can enroll in flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to set aside money from earnings before taxes for qualifying dependent day care expenses or out-of-pocket health care expenses.


Discounts- Employees enjoy a range of discounts on services, tickets, and gym membership.

UT Health San Antonio is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  It is our policy to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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