Strategic Development Manager

Job no: 507306
Work type: Continuing - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Technical, Laboratory and Research Support, HEO8, HEO9, Business Development

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(HEO9) $116,557 to $124,698 / (HEO8) $100,261.00 to $112,481.00 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Two continuing positions available either at HEO9 or HEO8 depending on candidate skills

The Division's Strategic Research Team (SRT) provides support for high trajectory researchers and research teams seeking larger-scale research funding to enable high-impact research aligned with the 'Future Making' Strategic Plan.

Working under broad direction, the Strategic Development Manager or Senior Research Development Officer will be part of a small and highly focused team that provides support for prioritised major funding initiatives in order to deliver an increase in the scale and diversity of external research funding and awards for the University. The team will be responsible for ensuring researchers target key programs at scale, prepare quality applications and achieve high success rates. The Strategic Development Managers will liaise with sponsors, faculties, schools, research institutes and academic staff to ensure that the applications bridge their goals and align with the goals of the University. The Strategic Development Managers will be expected to lead or take a major role in coordinating, project managing and enhancing the quality of major funding applications.

The University are looking for candidates who may be interested in pursuing a change of career path. This could involve a move from working directly in research to actively supporting researchers to secure funding as part of a professional services team. 

To be successful at Strategic Development Manager (HEO9)

  • An understanding of major national and international research funding opportunities, mechanisms and research management in the University environment and an understanding of the distinctive research profile of the University of Adelaide.
  • Experience in developing and providing a range of grant development and research support services and an understanding of the processes involved in co-ordinating and developing major funding initiatives in collaboration with others.
  • Well-developed project management skills, including the demonstrated ability to plan, research, monitor and manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Highly developed oral communication and negotiation skills, including the demonstrated ability to engage successfully with multiple stakeholders, both internal and external to the organisation to achieve strategic outcomes.
  • Proven analytical, research and writing skills to enable the effective synthesis of complex information and data from multiple sources, and the provision of high quality, evidence-based content.

To be successful at Senior Research Development Officer (HEO8)

  • Substantial experience in research grant administration, including interpreting contracts and agreements and reviewing research related project budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality advice to staff on research grant administration issues, including pre and post award matters.
  • Demonstrated high-level conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A high level of self-motivation, initiative, creativity and sound judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing, editing and development of research proposals, business plans and promotional materials.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your division's broader role

The Division of Research and Innovation leads the University's research strategic planning. It manages research, partnerships, prioritises investment in strategic initiatives, and responds to changes in the external environment. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Please specify in your application whether applying for the HEO9 or HEO8 position and address the relevant selection criteria for that level.

Applications close 11:55pm, 2 June 2022

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Dale Godfrey
Executive Director (Interim), Research Services
Innovation and Commercialisation Services
P: +61 (8) 8313 3062

You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

Download File PD_HEO9_Strategic Development Manager.pdf

Download File PD_HEO8 _Senior Research Development Officer.pdf

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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