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Associate Director for Applied Research and Outreach

Job Description

Position Number:



Associate Director

Functional Title:

Associate Director for Applied Research and Outreach

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



VPR-UMCAPS-Inst for Governmental Service & Research

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Reporting to the IGSR Director, the Associate Director for Applied Research and Outreach is responsible for sustaining and expanding IGSR research, technical assistance, and outreach initiatives and overseeing research staff and operations within a self-support environment. Together with IGSR ITS function manager, the Associate Director is also responsible for collaborating with state agencies and other external partners in support of the Institute’s Statewide Maryland Automated Record Tracking (SMART) system. This position involves securing funding from public and private sources to advance IGSR’s public service mission by cultivating local and state government relationships, translating research ideas, including one’s own, into sponsored projects, and submitting proposals for local, state, federal, and philanthropic funding. The Associate Director also performs the role of principal investigator or project manager on grants and contracts initiated by IGSR or other University or external partners. This position serves as the deputy administrative officer and assumes delegated authority for management of general operations in absence of Institute Director.

Benefits Summary

Top Benefits and Perks:

Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate or candidacy in behavioral or social science, health or public administration, public policy, education, community development, or closely related field from an accredited institution.

  • 5 to 7 years of professional experience performing research, program development, or consulting activities designed to enhance policies, operations, and outcomes in delivering public services.
  • At least 4 years of experience securing sponsored awards and/or professional service contracts as principal investigator, project manager, or team member.
  • Established or developing record of published scholarship.
  • At least 1 year of experience overseeing the work of skilled researchers/professional staff.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain professional relations with key stakeholders, local and state government officials, nonprofit organization professionals, and community leaders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public organizations and ability to work with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent judgement and interpersonal skills, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, and strong oral and written communication, editorial, and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of Internet and office technology tools, survey software, and statistical software used to manage large databases (SPSS, SAS, STATA, R).
  • Must be results-oriented, well-organized, self-directed, and a team player who can multi-task and set priorities in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to seek out and respond to funding opportunities, navigate complex professional environments, and build alliances across boundaries required.
  • A quick study who possesses an appreciation of the value of public service, as well as abilities to be entrepreneurial and creative also desired.


Work experience in university public service or urban affairs institutions desired.

Additional Certifications:

  • Project management certification desired.
  • Survey research certification desired.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

This is an office position but travel to attend meetings and conduct projects both on and off campus is required. Primarily sedentary work with exertion up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Repetitive typing motions involved. Vocal and written communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas, and hearing is required to perceive information. Visual acuity is required to: review and analyze data, spreadsheets, figures, written documents, and presentations for accuracy and thoroughness; view a computer screen and observe general surroundings and activities.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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