Director, Valley Research Partnership Program

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ4.3

Position Summary
The Research Office at the College of Medicine – Phoenix (COM-P) is seeking applicants for the part time position of Director of the Valley Research Partnership (VRP) Program. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Research, and will be responsible for administrating the Valley Research Partnership grant funding program. The successful applicant may also receive a faculty appointment in an appropriate academic department at the COM-P.

The VRP is a Phoenix area research and research training program with the goals to develop cross-institutional research collaborations, enhance extramural research funding for COM-P and its affiliates, accelerate career development and discovery, and improve healthcare. As such, the VRP provides several funding mechanisms for collaborative grants for investigators from participating institutions, both in support of projects prior to seeking national funding and for aspiring investigators to learn about proposal development and scientific review.

The Director will administer all aspects of the program, including: release of RFA, organizing the scientific review, communicating with applicants, making recommendations on funding decisions, and working with the VRP Steering and Joint Funding Committees. The position requires great attention to detail, prior experience in grant review, strong analytical, and logic skills, discretion, and effective time management skills.

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Direct forthcoming rounds of VRP grants.
    • Release RFA for VRP grants.
    • Recruit scientific reviewers for applications and ensure that reviewers understand VRP objectives, review process and scoring criteria for various VRP mechanisms.
    • Assign applications for scientific review.
    • Work with Joint Funding committees to assign applications to appropriate committees
    • Organize and direct study section for VRP applications, if necessary conduct separate sessions for different mechanisms.
    • Finalize scientific review of applications.
    • Inform applicants of outcome of scientific review including scores, critiques and meeting with applicants.
    • Present outcome of scientific review to various Joint Funding committees and identify applications for funding.
  • Participate in VRP Steering Committee meetings to update members on all aspects of VRP.
    • Produce VRP reports detailing awardees, outcomes, and evaluation of the success of the program.
  • Participate in the planning of the ABRC/Flinn/VRP research conference.
    • Ensure participation of VRP awardees in conference.
    • Ensure participation by VRP stakeholders to evaluate whether VRP objectives are being met.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Building Trust
  • Operates in an ethical manner and holds self and others accountable
  • Demonstrated commitment towards cultural diversity and equal opportunity.
  • Is able to adapt to stress, change, adversity and ambiguity.
Fostering Collaboration
  • Helps people develop shared purposes, fosters an environment of support, and promotes effective team work.
  • Makes productive use of differences by creating a culture where individuals feel safe to disagree.
  • Recruits, engages, develops, and assesses a diverse team to build capacity and high-performance capability.
  • Demonstrates the ability to manage conflict and facilitate solutions.
Maximizing Resources
  • Promotes and supports the ongoing learning and development of the team, in alignment with the departments’ goals and direction.
  • Acts as a catalyst for necessary change to maintain a positive alignment within the College, accreditation, and institutional requirements.
  • Ensures their units/department function effectively, productively, and responsively.
Achieving Results
  • Challenges established assumptions, explores new possibilities, and advances creative approaches.
  • Makes decisions in a timely, inclusive and strategic way to advance the department and university.
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong interpersonal and communications skills.

Minimum Qualifications
  • MD or DO, PhD (or equivalent)
  • Formal experience in grant review process (for example study section service).
  • Experience as federally funded (or equivalent) principal investigator.
  • Experience commensurate with appointment at the rank of assistant professor or higher.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion in working with highly confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Strong leadership skills with proven ability to affect change.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated skill in emotional intelligence and with building interpersonal relationships.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with a wide range of people at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to accommodate and respond to shifting priorities and multiple, demanding projects, in a manner that is effective and efficient.


Full Time/Part Time
Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week

Job Category
Administrative and Professional

Benefits Eligible

Posted Rate of Pay
$80,000 - $165,000 Annually (to be pro-rated by 0.20 FTE), DOE