Director of Research Operations

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Chancellor's Office
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Director of Research Operations. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year.


The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $10,912 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The salary range for this classification is $6,563 to $21,066 per month.


Administrator III

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Director of Research Operations to oversee programmatic and administrative aspects of large and multidisciplinary sponsored research activities for the CSU Chancellor’s Office (CO). The DRO will participate in coordinating CSU research consortia activity, campus research activity and explore launching new initiatives that maximize research grant opportunities from federal and non-federal funding sources.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research, the Director of Research Operations will perform duties as outlined below:

Management of Research Operations and Initiatives (40%)

-Track and understand faculty research interests to create and catalog potential fundable projects and identify and facilitate collaborations to pursue these opportunities.

-Identify CSU faculty to lead and/or collaborate on multidisciplinary proposals and facilitate development of appropriate teams of faculty investigators to pursue such opportunities.

-Support the AVCR in the development and launch of new CSU research consortia, and management of existing consortia, including data analytics support for financial and research data.

-Facilitate discussions with various stakeholder groups to foster collaborative thinking and solutions for research growth including the growth of student experiential learning through research.

-Assist with inception of program ideas, identification of funding opportunities, and coordination with faculty and grant managers on preparing and submitting proposals for funding.

-Participate in relevant system-wide committees and working groups including the Council of Chief Research Officers (CCRO) and the CSU research consortia.

-Represent the CSU research and development effort to other entities and outside institutions when required to do so. This includes both CSU research competitions as well as visibility opportunities in Sacramento or Washington DC.

Management of Research Opportunities and Proposal Development (30%)

-Identify, organize, manage, and facilitate the submission of new interdisciplinary research proposals for faculty teams, including collaborative opportunities with CSU consortia and campuses.

-Organize, oversee, and support development of individual and joint funding proposals through effective interactions with all involved parties and provide assistance with proposal development, and high-level guidance.

-Identify solicitations and sponsors of possible interest to faculty and the CSU and organize preparatory meetings of faculty and staff in advance of submissions.

-Advise faculty on suitability of and approaches to large, multidisciplinary funding opportunities from federal and non-federal sources that capitalize on existing strengths and expertise.

Administrative and Reporting (25%)

-Serve as a key resource for the CSU faculty by providing ongoing training to inform PI’s and department administrators about policies, procedures, regulations, compliance and sponsor requirements.

-Manage budget and contract proposal review and develop and negotiate agreements as they apply to research administration.

-Manage CO reporting requirements for state and federal agencies. This includes annual reports required for state funding allocations.

-Review annual reports submitted by CSU research Consortia and manage budget requests and funding allocation communications to campuses. 

-Manage reporting requirements for the growth of course embedded experiential learning for students in the CSU.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

-Perform other duties as assigned in support of the department’s mission and goals.


This position requires:

-A Master’s degree that follows a Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, business, social sciences or higher education administration from an accredited four-year college or university.

-5 years of experience in scientific or administrative operations, overseeing student success through experiential learning, research consortia and/or contracts administration.

-Possess skills in research data analytics for research and student experiential learning data.

-Possess facilitator skills for research initiatives strategy and to foster collaborative thinking and solutions.

-Possess familiarity with all aspects of extramural grants and/or contracts.

-Can work effectively with researchers and interact productively with funding agencies.

-Possess high-level relationship-building skills, including effective interaction with individuals at all levels in the organization.

-Possess strong organizational and customer service skills.

-Make complex information understandable to a broad range of audiences.

-Possess excellent written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.

-Work independently and as part of a team, offering appropriate leadership and guidance, including motivating those who have no supervisory relationship.

-Possess a thorough understanding of the policies and procedures of granting agencies.

-Manage an unpredictable and voluminous caseload of various complex assignments and projects from multiple sponsors while providing quality service and meeting deadlines through organization, accuracy, and prioritization of activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Doctoral degree, and understanding of the CSU system and experience in elements such as student experiential learning and connecting research to student success.

-Experience in engaging and leading faculty and student /researchers in an academic setting in an institution of higher education or public institution.

-Possess understanding of CSU institutional policies and accounting systems.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by January 5, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States. The CSU Chancellor’s Office is not a sponsoring agency for staff and Management positions (i.e., H1-B VISAS).

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all Chancellor’s Office employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

CSU Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Office of the Chancellor, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

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