Research Development Spec - 16442BR

Research Development Spec

Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Research Development Specialist (RDS) will join a dynamic team of professionals at the Hall Center striving to stimulate and support research in the humanities, arts and social sciences. This is a full-time, professional staff position (12-month, administrative, exempt); with annual reappointment dependent on performance and funding. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The RDS provides pre-award and post-award support for sponsored projects in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences, and oversees programming to help humanities scholars develop the skills necessary to articulate the content and significance of their research projects for people outside their areas of research focus, with the goals of making their grant applications more compelling and providing faculty with the tools to communicate their research effectively to a non-academic public audiences. This position reports to the Research Development Officer, who provides direction and oversight of pre-award and research development related activities. The Specialist provides post-award support at the discretion of the Hall Center Director in consultation with the Research Development Officer; in such instances the RDS works with PIs and Co-PIs but does not report to them.

Job Description


Pre-Award Support (50%):
Improve the competitiveness of humanities applications for extramural funding by:
• Assisting researchers (faculty and graduate students) with institutional procedures for developing and submitting grant proposals, coordinating with the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., or University of Kansas Endowment Association, as appropriate; and
• Reviewing and editing grant proposal components during development and assisting in preparation of application packets for submission.

Research Development (25%):
Help humanities scholars (faculty and graduate students) to gain the skills necessary to advance their research and creative activities; to develop the skills necessary to articulate the content and significance of their projects for people outside their areas of research focus; and to secure and manage large and/or complex extramural grants by:
• Developing and conducting workshops;
• Developing and maintaining information about institutional resources for use in grant proposals; and
• Attending agency and professional organization conferences/meetings and educational workshops and classes to improve knowledge and skills and remain current on funding priorities and best practices.

Post-Award Support (20%):
Improve the management of humanities research projects supported through external funding by:
• Assisting PIs and Co-PIs in developing effective management strategies for carrying out, completing, and reporting on funded projects; effective administrative procedures; and (when applicable) effective collaborations with partners across and beyond KU; and
• Providing guidance and technical assistance to PI's and other researchers to develop and implement effective plans, procedures, and monitoring of large and/or complex funded projects.

Other duties as assigned (5%)
• This position description indicates the general nature and level of work; it is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties required.

Required Qualifications

  1. Education: Master’s degree in humanities or closely allied field
  2. Experience: One year of directly relevant full-time experience (two years in a directly relevant graduate student position equal one year of full-time experience)

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Education: PhD in a humanities or closely allied field
  2. Experience: 3 years of directly relevant full-time experience (two years in a directly relevant graduate student position equal one year of full-time experience)
  3. Skills:
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and listening), including the ability to provide feedback constructively
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities under strict deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Ability to edit grant proposals, website content, and other documents, strong reading skills
  • Experience in grant proposal development, including proposal writing and budgets
  • Work experience with faculty and other researchers in a university or similar environment
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations, workshops, and other training
  • Broad understanding of college/university research environment
  • Strong computer skills.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:
  • Cover Letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications
  • Resume/CV
  • Contact information for three references (to include email address)
  • Short writing sample, up to 3 pages. Writing sample can be added in the "Attachments" section of the application.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application review begins on 02/23/2020 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is obtained.

Contact Information to Applicants

Kathy Porsch

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

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Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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