Director, Office of Undergraduate Research - University of San Diego in San Diego California

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University of San Diego

San Diego, California 92110

United States

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Detailed Job Description

University of San Diego

Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Department:  Provost’s Office                                 

Admin Full-Time 

Job IRC#11388

Job Description:

The University of San Diego is in the third year of a three year grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that established a new Office of Undergraduate Research. The Director will assume and complete the responsibilities of the grant as well as oversee the transition of the Office of Undergraduate Research to permanent USD funding.  

The Director reports directly to and works under the general supervision of the Vice Provost.  The Director directly supervises a Federal Work Study student employee and the Summer Scholars Coordinator.

The responsibilities described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

• Develop and oversee programs aimed at recruiting faculty and students to undergraduate research activities.

• Coordinate SURE – Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program, including ensuring that funded proposals obtain IRB and IACUC approvals when necessary.

• Coordinate PURE – Pre-Undergraduate Research Experience program.

• Plan and oversee the campus undergraduate research conference.

• Work with Undergraduate Admissions to present information to prospective students and parents regarding undergraduate research.

• Work with Associate Deans to coordinate applications and data gathering for fellowships, scholarships and awards related to undergraduate research.

• Collaborate with Office of Sponsored Programs to host workshops for faculty to inform about potential external funding of undergraduate research.

• Coordinate with Center for Educational Excellence to host workshops for faculty to develop undergraduate research programs and include research in the curriculum.

• Facilitate the development of relationships between USD and the local community based on common interests in undergraduate research.

• Work with the office of Community Service Learning to facilitate research projects that incorporate both undergraduate research and community service.

• In consultation with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, select a yearly cohort of Keck Faculty Fellows to develop research programs that engage undergraduate students; ensure that Fellows’ projects obtain IRB approvals when necessary.  

• Invite a yearly Faculty-In-Residence to help USD faculty develop plans and then incorporate undergraduate research into their curriculum.

• Develop suitable newsletters, media, publicity events, and web content.

• Work with faculty, academic units and students to facilitate and monitor undergraduate research experiences.

• Coordinate the efforts of the Office of Undergraduate Research with other units on campus as appropriate.

• Monitor and report on program participation and results.

• Plan, monitor and control budget and expenditures.

• Support and promote undergraduate opportunities to engage in mentored research experiences.

• Collaborate with faculty and administration to obtain external funding to support undergraduate research programs, including those targeted to underrepresented students.

• Serve on committees relevant to the University’s research infrastructure.

• Present classroom lectures on undergraduate research opportunities, grant writing, and related topics when requested.

• Perform other duties as assigned.


• A minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Ph.D. or equivalent academic degree preferred.

• Experience as a faculty member (tenure-track or adjunct) in a College/University setting.  Passion for undergraduate research.  Experience successfully mentoring undergraduate research is preferred.  Experience in fundraising and/or grant writing.  Demonstrated success working in a team environment.

• Working knowledge of assessment procedures of university programs.

• Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with faculty, administrators and staff in diverse disciplines.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

• Strong research and analytical skills; ability to understand and synthesize information from a wide variety of disciplines.

• Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills.

• Ability to design and plan new programs in a university setting.

• Ability to administer multiple programs with attention to detail.

• Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to work under pressure; ability to meet deadlines; ability to prioritize multiple tasks effectively.  

• Ability to work independently and also as part of a team.

• Ability to work with minimal supervision in a complex environment.

• Attention to detail.

• Ability to manage and promote change when required, while being flexible and creative in meeting challenges in evolving work situations.

• Ability to communicate and make presentations in a clear and concise fashion.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.   

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.  

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Business & Administration: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours: 37.5 per week

Closing date: Open Until Filled

- Applications will be reviewed by the hiring committee beginning October 15, 2013.  The hiring committee will contact those candidates who are selected to move forward in the process shortly after the application review period begins.

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

To complete our online application, visit . In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact Amy Gregory at 619-260-2725, Leah Mikulsky at 619-260-2770, or email us at


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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume