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Associate Vice President for Research

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Introduction and Overview

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) who will report to the Vice Provost for Research. This opportunity results from the promotion of the previous AVPR to the Vice President for Research.

This opportunity occurs at a propitious time in the University’s history. Barbara Snyder, CWRU’s 22nd President, is leading the University into the next era of success and the University has expanded the research enterprise, set new fund raising records, and completed the University’s strategic plan. The strategic plan, Think Beyond the Possible, calls on Case to advance interdisciplinary initiatives in research and education, enhance innovation in learning, prepare students for leadership, bring breakthroughs to society, and provide opportunities for growth and recognition for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

(Please see CWRU Strategic Plan at https://case.edu/provost/priorities/.)

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the most comprehensive research universities in the country. Located in Cleveland, the University was formed in 1967 through the federation of the Case Institute of Technology, founded in 1880, and Western Reserve College, founded in 1826.

CWRU is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Research awards from all sources were $400 million; Federal agencies accounted for nearly 80% of awards with the largest single source of support being the National Institutes of Health.

The University enrolls over 4,200 undergraduate students and over 5,500 graduate students across a wide range of disciplines comprising eight schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, the CWRU School of Engineering, the School of Law, the Weatherhead School of Management, the School of Medicine, the Bolton School of Nursing, and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. CWRU employs over 2,600 faculty members and over 3,000 staff members.

Case Western Reserve University is located in University Circle, a 550-acre, park-like concentration of approximately 50 cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions located at the eastern edge of the city center. Cleveland offers a high quality of life and relatively low housing prices.

The Position

The Associate Vice President for Research has overall supervisory responsibility for all staff in the Offices of Sponsored Projects Administration, Grants Accounting, and Research Compliance (a total of 33 individuals currently). Direct reports include: Assistant Vice President, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration; Director, Office of Research Compliance; Director, Grants Accounting Office; Systems Manager; and various administrative support staff. The AVP manages an annual budget of over $2 million.

The Associate Vice President for Research provides vision and University-wide leadership in the following areas:

  • Enhancing and monitoring effective systems of financial management for sponsored projects to ensure compliance with sponsors and University requirements including, for example, cost principles, reimbursement, cost transfers, allocation of costs, allowability of costs, financial monitoring and reporting, record retention, and project close-out, and assistance to faculty members who are serving as principal investigators in post-award management.
  • Coordinating negotiation of F&A rates with the University Controller.
  • Providing leadership in coordinating the activities of the management centers, affiliated hospitals, and the Sponsored Projects Administration, Grants Accounting, and Research Compliance offices with respect to sponsored programs administration and research compliance.
  • Developing and implementing University-wide policy on sponsored programs administration and research compliance, coordinating activities of the University (and its affiliated hospitals) with respect to compliance, including conflict of interest in research, human subjects protection, animal welfare, biosafety, radiation safety, laboratory safety, and other regulated compliance areas.
  • Providing vision and leadership in implementing electronic research administration systems to support pre-award and post-award activities.
  • Representing CWRU as the key University representative to the state and federal governments and associated agencies with respect to stewardship of sponsored program funding, including adherence to the terms and conditions of grants and contracts, and compliance with regulations and guidelines for responsible conduct of research.
  • Serving as the University’s primary contact for the A-133 audit and any other sponsored projects-related financial compliance audits.
  • Staying current on regulatory and legal issues relating to pre- and post-award sponsored projects management while identifying emerging trends that may affect the conduct of research.
  • Providing vision and University-wide leadership in stimulating the development of research opportunities at CWRU by bringing faculty together in response to interdisciplinary funding opportunities, facilitating research partnerships with industry and other universities, providing sponsored program proposal development courses, and increasing the awareness of research (and research-related issues) across the University through efficient and effective communications.

Key Opportunities and Challenges

CWRU is committed to its status as a research-intensive university.   In addition to the specific responsibilities enumerated above, the AVPR is responsible for building on the great strength of individual researchers at CWRU and building upon CWRU’s reputation for multi-investigator projects. In this vein the AVP will also: reduce barriers to inter-school and interdisciplinary research; increase CWRU’s research profile beyond the region; and build the University’s research reputation upon its success at large scale, multi-investigator programs.

The AVPR will be responsible for expediting the turn-around times from both the pre- and post-award units, supporting proposal development, and providing training for administrative staff and investigators on proposal preparation and submission.

Qualifications

For this critical position CWRU seeks outstanding candidates who have a minimum of ten years of progressive responsibility in research administration at a research university or institute and have demonstrated the ability to deliver excellent service in a highly regulated sector. The best candidates will have proven leadership skills working effectively and building relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituencies, including faculty members, research staff, committee members, administrators, and federal agencies. They will also have thorough knowledge of sponsored program administration and research compliance policies, regulations and guidelines.

Their work will indicate a well-developed approach to enhancing both research administration and the broad research enterprise at CWRU.

Additionally candidates should have:

  • Strong oral and written communications skills and exceptional negotiation skills;
  • A collegial, problem-solving style based on personal integrity, professional confidence, and excellent relationship management skills;
  • Strong sense of ethics and integrity;
  • A participatory management style that models the values of client service, initiative, and collaboration; and
  • Demonstrated ability in organizing complicated and diverse business processes such that they are efficient and effective.

A BS/BA degree is required and an advanced degree strongly preferred.

Please send nominations and applications to:

Nicholas Brill and Jennifer McDonough
Brill Neumann Associates
Boston, MA
cwruavpresearch@brillneumann.com

In employment, as in education, CWRU is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CWRU provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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