Office of Vice Provost for Research Director

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Office of Vice Provost for Research Director

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Posted Job Title
Office of Vice Provost for Research Director

Job Profile Title
Associate Director E

Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is seeking a talented professional for the role of OVPR Director. The successful candidate will oversee several critical funding programs along with the Provost's Diversity Post-doctoral program and help establish the future direction of OVPR's communications. The Director will develop a strong understanding of OVPR's short- and long-term goals and how to align the office's communications to both OVPR's and Penn's overarching goals.

Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost for Research, the OVPR Director will be primarily focused on administrating a portfolio of internal funding programs and Penn's external limited submission funding programs, oversee the Provost's Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellows, OVPR communications, and manage OVPR's administrative resources. It is expected that the Director will supervise a team of two administrative staff in supporting those programs and the OVPR office.

The successful candidate will possess excellent written, verbal, and digital communication skills including the creativity to produce exciting and interesting content. In addition, the successful candidate will possess the technological ability to work on a variety of digital platforms and create web and mobile content. Finally, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of higher education and research administration, organization and leadership skills, strategic thinking and analytical skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects.

Job Description

  • Direct OVPR Communications - Develops strategy for communications to various campus constituencies, to leadership, and to the public; manages the OVPR web site and expanding social media presence to optimize impact.
  • Oversee the Provost's Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellows - Manages program including placement decisions and managing the central university-wide post-doctoral program framework.
  • Direct OVPR Funding Programs - Manages and oversees funding programs including solicitations and review processes for University Research Foundation (URF), Research Facilities Development Fund (RFDF), Discovering the Future, and Accelerating from Lab to Market funds.
  • Direct Limited Submission Grant Opportunities - Manages the portfolio of limited submission opportunities including applications and multi school peer review processes, submission recommendations.
  • Manage Resources - Directs, hires, trains, and evaluates OVPR office staff, providing guidance and professional development support.
  • Manage OVPR Mail Log


A Bachelor's Degree is required, while an advanced degree is preferred, along with 5 to 7 years of experience in research administration and/or research communications or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience in higher education, specifically research is required. Prior and demonstrated staff management experience is required. The candidate must have requisite technical knowledge to make executive decisions.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$100,000 -- $135,000 commensurate with education and experience

About us:

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) oversees the University of Pennsylvania's (Penn's) vast research enterprise, encompassing a broad spectrum of research support services, regulatory bodies, multi-disciplinary campus-wide Research Centers and Institutes, commercialization of Penn discoveries, and development of corporate partnerships. OVPR collaborates with Penn stakeholders and external partners to promote meaningful scholarship, uphold research integrity, and foster new discoveries, thereby helping to fulfill Penn's educational and research mission defined by our Compact 2022; to innovate, be radically inclusive, and positively impact our local, national, and global communities.

With more than $970 million in awards, Penn is home to many of the world's leading researchers. Penn's integrated campus encompasses 12 Schools, over 165 multidisciplinary centers and institutes, and a fully incorporated health system. Penn's faculty consists of a large community of scholars committed to making a difference in the world. Penn investigators are building unique bridges between traditionally disparate fields of research to achieve groundbreaking discoveries across the life sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and many other fields of study.

OVPR, and its seven reporting offices (full list available at ), provide a wide array of support services to ensure the successful operation of this research enterprise, spanning grants administration, environmental health and radiation safety, laboratory animal welfare, research compliance, and technology commercialization.

The OVPR administrates multiple funding programs ( ), including the University Research Foundation (URF), Research Facilities Development Fund (RFDF), Discovering the Future, and Accelerating from Lab to Market funds. The OVPR also administrates the Provost's Post-doctoral Fellowship ( ).

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost's Center

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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