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Director of Research Operations

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Job no: 498960
Department: Office of Research and Innovation
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Research, Scientific, Other
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Director of Research Operations
Job Summary:

The Director of Research Operations is a member of the Vice President for Research and Innovation’s (VPRI) executive team, leading significant projects to strengthen support for research and improve research administration across campus and within the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI). This position will oversee a number of high-level administrative, operational and financial functions that are essential to Miami University’s growing research agenda.

Duties/Physical Demands:

The Director of Research and Operations is responsible for analyzing and forecasting departmental budgets and budgets that provide internal seed funding to researchers; Provides financial direction, develops budgets, forecasts and analyzes research-relevant income and expenses, monitors organizational growth and fiscal sustainability, prepares organizational financial reports to share with university leadership, and approves major expenditures; Projecting purchasing needs for the ORI; Management of frequently-changing content on the ORI website and related university-wide research communications; Management, stewardship and complex strategic analysis of university-wide research performance data including Cayuse proposal and award data; Assists the VPRI with preparing materials for internal and external audiences regarding institutional research benchmarks and performance critical to national research reputation rankings; Manages classified and student employees through supervision, hiring, and evaluations; and leading and contributing to cross-division special projects critical to growing externally-funded research. The DRO supports a culture of access and inclusion, service orientation, and continuous improvement to deliver effective and efficient research operations in the face of ever-changing researcher needs, policies, practices and regulatory obligations. The DRO directly reports to the VPRI.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in any discipline and six (6) years of related experience; or
Bachelor's Degree in any discipline and eight (8) years of related experience; or
Associate's Degree in any discipline and ten (10) years of related experience; or
Twelve (12) years of related experience.

Position not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

Consideration may be given to candidates with experience at a major research university or other institution of comparable complexity; Experience in a team-based professional setting; Experience leading significant projects, including developing strategy, identifying stakeholders, using inclusive practices, and project reporting; Experience developing and managing a shared-services environment; Experience implementing technology/automation projects; Knowledge of university research infrastructure, including equipment, facilities, and human capital; Experience with university enterprise systems, particularly Banner, Bi and Buyway; Functional knowledge of Cayuse, Miami’s proposal routing and award management system.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Inquiries may be directed to Michael Crowder at

Diversity Statement:

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin October 6, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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