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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Center for International Education
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Posted: 02/27/2019
Director of Global Research & Innovation Development

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is seeking candidates who have the ability and experience to contribute in meaningful ways to the global engagement of the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee. The Center for International Education (CIE) is seeking a Director for Global Research and Innovation Development who brings a track record of excellence in this important arena. At a time of robust innovation of knowledge and science UT-Knoxville offers an exciting opportunity to work within higher education in the global space of education and research.

As the state’s flagship and land grant institution, UT-Knoxville is home to over 100 research institutes and centers and numerous research laboratories and consortia. Student enrollment totals more than 27,000 and research funding surpasses $188 million. UT-Knoxville blends a robust research agenda with an intentional liberal arts approach to its educational model, while valuing its commitment to outreach and service. Campus commitment to facilities enhancement enables an environment that is inspiring and appealing to global visitors. The Volunteer community encompasses faculty, staff, students, and alumni of different cultures and backgrounds. Respecting the contributions and strengths of each individual is integral to teamwork and to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence.

Located near the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounded by numerous lakes, Knoxville offers abundant recreational attractions, cultural attractions such as opera and symphony, low cost of living and high quality residential neighborhoods.

General Description

The director reports to the vice provost for international affairs and oversees the leadership and management of the department of Global Research and Innovation Development in the Center for International Education (CIE). The director is a member of the CIE executive committee and works with the vice provost to develop and implement an international vision and strategic plan for the CIE and UT-Knoxville. CIE is responsible for collaborating with key academics, research groups and campus based units to support the identification and development of new international opportunities to leverage external income, produce high-impact outputs, and raise the University's global research reputation. The director will provide vision and leadership in the area of research to ensure our continued environment of excellence, furthering growth and development. The director plays a critical role in successfully building and connecting the global research portfolio to the fabric of the University

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Direct staff members in activities to support grant writing, proposal budgeting, data analytics for global research and travel processes for faculty at UTK and UT Institute for Agriculture (UTIA).

· Diversify funding streams to support international research to increase UT’s global and domestic research portfolio.

· Establish fiscal goals with Office of Research & Engagement to increase external research funding.

· Develop comprehensive partnerships with core donor organizations and scholarly partners, national funding agencies, foundations, corporations, UT alumni, universities (U.S. and international), ministries, internal funding to facilitate mobility and collaboration.

· Develop partnerships with a range of relevant overseas public research funders who support international collaboration.

· Build institutional connections across the UT System and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop and implement global engagement strategies that drive campus strategy across disciplines and activity: Research, student academics (curriculum and education abroad), international student recruitment, faculty and staff development as related to global engagement.

· Connect with the other work units in CIE to integrate global research with programs abroad, international students and scholars, and opportunities to build programming in the English Language institute.

· Collaborate with data science specialists to develop a data analysis model that will inform the campus community and external stakeholders of the impact of global research.

· Provide regular communication to the media relations team.

· Partner with UTK Development, including the Corporate and Foundations relations, and UT Alumni.

Minimum Requirements:

· Master’s Degree and five (5) years of experience working in international research development, preferably in a university environment.

· Substantial track record of grant success as is evidenced by a strong portfolio of grant writing, competitive budget development, and post-award management of grants.

· Evidence of creating a vision and developing and executing a strategy, resulting in concrete deliverables and competitive advantages for UT-Knoxville research.

Our ideal candidate is/has:

· Highly motivated with extensive research knowledge and experience

· A recognized thought-leader with strong executive management experience who will continue the transformation and delivery of UT-Knoxville’s key global research deliverables and an opportunity to potentially further their own research.

· Experience working in conjunction with senior leadership to develop and implement a funding model to scale-up projects in receipt of smaller pump-priming or partnering awards.

· A successful record of growing networking operations with transdisciplinary internal and external stakeholders.

· Demonstrated success driving innovation and industry engagement.

· Flexibility to meet emerging organizational needs as it relates to research change agenda.

· An achievement oriented and results focused approach.

· Competent role model in demonstrating leadership behaviors.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

· Exemplary verbal and written communication skills.

· Excellent relationship management and stakeholder management skills to develop effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and with proven capability to represent UTK in academic and scientific circles.

· Thorough knowledge of the U.S. research environment, challenges, initiatives and opportunities and donor agency agendas in the higher education sector.

· Proven knowledge of strategic planning processes and the ability to devise communications strategies.

· Ability to deliver strategic results for UTK/CIE.

· Ability to inspire colleagues while driving the continuing development of our unique culture of collegiality and innovation across the University.