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Director of Space & Autonomous Systems Research Development

Company: University of North Dakota
Location: Grand Forks
Posted on: May 10, 2022

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DescriptionThe Director of Space & Autonomous Systems Research Development (SASRD) facilitates an effort to bring the UND research and education community together to build a comprehensive approach to space and autonomous systems related R&D. The Director of Space & Autonomous Systems Research Development is responsible for developing groundbreaking partnerships and opportunities to enhance the university's research portfolio in space and autonomous systems within, as appropriate, the larger umbrella of UND's National Security research portfolio, to position UND as a valued leader, resource, and partner in space and autonomous systems research areas. The Director understands, prioritizes, and communicates basic and applied research funding opportunities and federal activities and liaises on behalf of the university with federal agency representatives relative to space and autonomous systems research. The Director works closely and collaborates with campus leadership, faculty, academic units, VPRED, the AVPR for National Security research, and the Executive Director of the Research Institute for Autonomous Systems to articulate and focus cross-campus strengths and catalyze compelling initiatives in areas of emerging interest for space and autonomous systems research. The Director works with deans, department chairs, faculty and research administration, including research development, compliance, sponsored programs, university counsel, and government relations.Position BenefitsBenefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, annual & sick leave in addition to 10 paid holidays.Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!Duties & Responsibilities

  • Strategic Research Portfolio Development in Space and Autonomous Systems
    • With AVPR for National Security research, and the Executive Director of the Research Institute for Autonomous Systems, draft and execute Space and Autonomous Systems research portfolio(s) strategic plans
    • Establish and use professional network of key customers, influencers, and executive decision makers in USSF, federal agencies, and industry partners in Space and Autonomous systems research domains
    • Develop and use insight into potential partner strategic direction(s), policies, R&D priorities, allocated budgets, and future plans in the areas of Space and Autonomous Systems
    • Identify opportunities, challenges, and innovative solutions to conducting research in the areas of Space and Autonomous systems
    • Identify and pursue new sponsored research opportunities and promote UND as a leader in relevant Autonomous systems areas
    • Integrate the Space and Autonomous systems research portfolio(s) growth and opportunities with the educational and research missions of UND
    • Demonstrate senior leadership skills and abilities and possess an innovative spirit and vision for working with private industry, DoD and related agency executives, USSF, relevant state agencies, and legislative leadership
    • Oversee the coordination of research teams, preparation and execution of research funding proposals in collaboration with support staff
      • Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with academic Deans and faculty directly involved in the Space and Autonomous Systems research initiatives
      • Identify and organize disciplinary and interdisciplinary research teams to meet Space Force and Autonomous systems related research needs
      • Prioritize Space and Autonomous systems related research funding opportunities to enhance UND's competitive position
      • Communicate DoD, USSF, and industry contractor(s) current and future key areas within Space and Autonomous systems research areas and R&D priorities and develop action plans to meet those needs
      • Oversee the preparation and executive of strategic funding proposals, including developing internal and external strategic partnerships necessary to enhance funding proposals
      • Provide day-to-day leadership of the UND Space and Autonomous systems research portfolios
        • Cultivate and coordinate strategic relationships with federal, state, and industry partners
        • Integrate UND research content experts in federal, state, and industry partners relationships
        • Establish an atmosphere of partnership with UND leadership; regularly update and strategize including AVPR for National Security research, VPRED, Deans, and others as necessary
        • Promote and develop UND Space and Autonomous systems research strengths and goals to internal and external stakeholders
        • Formulate and execute an effective articulation, communication, and development strategy for each research or education partnership activity in Space and Autonomous systems research areas
        • Engage in student-centered workforce development in the areas of Space and Autonomous systems with federal, state, and industry partners in coordination with internal stakeholdersRequired Competencies
          • Broad knowledge of academic and commercial development relevant to emerging space and autonomous systems capability needs
          • Broad knowledge of emerging USSF needs and associated basic and applied Science and Technology programs
          • Deep understanding of the organization, leadership structure, and decision-making process of the U.S. Department of Defense and USSF
          • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, lead and execute studies, projects and/or programs and communicate results to senior leadership.
          • Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, oral presentation and executive writing skills, including an ability to explain policy and technical issues related to space and autonomous systems programs
          • Travel requirements for this position are occasional, but may require travel up to 30% of the time
          • Demonstrated understanding of Space enterprise to include DoD requirements, acquisition, and budgeting processes and applicable Defense Space guidance and policy.
          • Familiarity with Defense Space and National Security Space in the areas of strategy, requirements, capabilities, analysis, architectures, programs, acquisition, and operations.
          • Familiarity with civil, commercial, and international space capabilities and architectures.
          • Familiarity with the DoD space control systems and architectural analysis.
          • A proven record of management of complex relationships with DoD or Aerospace and Defense industry or within and between academia and DoD or Aerospace/Defense industries
          • A record of growing interdisciplinary research collaborations and securing funding from external organizations, such as government agencies, industry, and/or foundationsMinimum Requirements
            • Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution, or applicable experience that includes a Bachelor's degree plus 5 years' experience working with research funding with federal agencies
            • United States citizen who is eligible for (current or prior qualified), for DOD security clearance at secret.
            • Five years' experience of executive level interaction developing, leading, and applying research efforts in support of the U.S. Department of Defense or Aerospace and Defense Industry
            • Significant project or program management or business management experience in the federal government or industry related to National Security.
            • Experience with contracting and/or business development in the federal government or industry
            • Export Control Compliance: This position requires compliance with U.S. government export control laws and regulations. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirements of being a "U.S. Person" (U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C.1324b (a)(3)). UND will not sponsor applicants for employment authorization for this position. Information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws and will be sued in compliance with all laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors.
            • Successful completion of criminal history records check.In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.Preferred Qualifications
              • PhD in Space or Aerospace Sciences or related research-intensive field
              • Significant work experience working both at the U.S. Department of Defense and for a defense contractorMinimum Hiring Salary/Position ClassificationDependent on Experience. Exempt; Benefited; Full-timeWork Schedule/Start DateMonday-Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.To ApplyFor full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.Additional InformationTo find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.Confidentiality of Application MaterialsPursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.EEO StatementThe University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran's status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.Veteran's PreferenceVeterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.Clery StatementIn compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university's policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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