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Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development

Posting Details

Position Information

Working Title Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development
Classification Title Administrator III
Job Summary

The Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development provides vision and leadership for increasing campus activities in sponsored research, grants and contracts as well as innovation and economic development activities. This position’s responsibilities include: research infrastructure advancement; management of personnel and budget; pre-award oversight and management; research integrity and compliance; and oversight of research-based Centers and Institutes. The position reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and has a defined partnership with University Enterprises, Inc. for post awards activities.

FLSA MPP - This position is defined in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) of the California State University. It is excluded from the collective bargaining process and is exempt from overtime provisions of FLSA. This position is covered by health benefits.
Classification Salary Range

5,072 – 17,243 monthly

Hiring Range
Salary Grade/Range 1
Step N/A
Is this position Hourly or Intermittent? No
Regular or Temporary Regular
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
Pay Plan 12
Work Hours Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm; Summer, 7:30am to 4pm; additional days/hours as needed
Department Information

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED), a unit of Academic Affairs, works to expand the research capacity of Sacramento State’s faculty, staff, and students, and to link a range of academic and infrastructure initiatives that advance our faculty and campus connection to the regional community. ORIED supports faculty seeking external funding for their research and scholarly activities, and on behalf of the University, submits grant and contract proposals, administers internal research funds and recognition programs, facilitates the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and coordinates patent and tech transfer activities, as well as provides a full range of research integrity and compliance functions for the research enterprise.

Minimum Qualifications
Required Qualifications


1. Broad-based experience with federal, state, and local research, grants and contracts, preferably in a University setting;
2. Demonstrated experience obtaining funding for research activities and infrastructure development;
3. A record of administrative achievement in developing and managing personnel and budget;
4. An earned doctorate degree from an accredited university.


5. Strong interpersonal skills with evidence of established relationships with program officers and administrators of major national and regional funding agencies;
6. Knowledge of the complexities of grant and contract development and management;
7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students, staff and faculty;
8. Knowledge of grant development including those specific to a broad range of the various state agencies, California State University system or other public/private university systems, and various academic disciplines;
9. Knowledge of budget development and management;
10. Effective leadership, management, organizational and communication skills.

Conditions of Employment:
- Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

11. A proven record of successful leadership with a bold vision for research, innovation and economic development at a university setting;
12. Passionate about promoting faculty/student research and creative activities;
13. Experience serving on national grant review panels or study sessions;
14. A proven record of working with faculty, staff and state agencies in securing and managing grants and contracts;
15. A proven record of effective technology transfer, innovation and translational research to stimulate the regional economy;
16. Experience in research training for faculty and students at a university setting;
17. Management experience of Centers, Institutes or similar organizations;
18. Eligibility for a senior faculty appointment.

Physical Demands
Required Licenses/Certifications
Is Background Check Required Yes
Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Hiring Preference Not Applicable
Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position 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, an on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

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 the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

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Posting Detail Information

Posting Number AS0211P
Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 01/17/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Priority Review Date 02/19/2018
Special Instructions to Applicants

For questions regarding this search, contact:

Contact Name Penny Schafer
Contact Phone 916-278-5613
Contact Email

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the highest level of education obtained.
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • Doctoral or Professional Degree
    • Some college
    • None of the above
  2. * How many years of experience do you have obtaining funding for research activities and infrastructure development.
    • 10 or more years
    • 7 - < 10 years
    • 5 - < 7 years
    • 3 - < 5 years
    • Less than 3 years experience
    • No experience
  3. * This position will work with multiple constituencies and stakeholders on campus. In 500 words or less speak to your experience and philosophy with regards to diversity in an education environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Diversity Statement