Career Opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Research Administration Services (RAS) supports the research and scholarly activities of FAS faculty in collaboration with research and administrative staff.  RAS support areas include: 1) Strategic services for faculty seeking grant funding; 2) Sponsored research proposal development, review, award and financial management; 3) Creation, implementation and upkeep of research policy, systems, and procedures; 4) Professional development of researchers and research administrators; 5) Research integrity guidance; 6) Compliance monitoring and audit support; and 7) Administrative staffing for the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS - University IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Committee on Research Policy (CRP), Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC). 

You can apply for the positions listed below thru ASPIRE, Harvard University’s online recruitment management system for all staff positions.


Available Opportunities
Research Development Coordinator (42629BR) View/Apply to job in ASPIRE


Research Development Coordinator:

Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Senior Research Development Officer, this position performs a wide range of complex and confidential administrative duties to support the Research Development team for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Communicates with and provides services to a wide range of internal and external contacts, including faculty, divisional and departmental staff, as well as external research funding agencies.  Anticipates and resolves problems and maintains positive and effective relationships with a broad range of people to further the research development agenda across multiple fronts. 

Duties & Responsibilities:
  1. Assists with funding searches for faculty in all three FAS divisions  and SEAS to help researchers find funding for research projects, sabbatical support, funding for exhibitions, conferences, travel to archives, collaborative projects and large scale research projects.
  2. Supports the Research Development team with the review of completed proposals for responsiveness to sponsor guidelines and priorities.
  3. Serves as first point of contact for the Research Development team and performs appropriate triage on specific questions as necessary.  Direct inquiries to appropriate resources and loops back to ensure high quality customer service to faculty and staff.
  4. Assists with drafting non-disciplinary proposal components (management plans, timelines, broader impacts); creates templates, timelines, checklists and other proposal development resources. Helps to connect faculty with relevant campus resources.
  5. Maintains a database of Broader Impacts resources and updates as necessary; Maintains and updates the Research Development web presence, including funding opportunity lists and deadlines.
  6. Assists with the design of outreach and marketing materials such as brochures, informational handouts, and PowerPoint presentations.
  7. Tracks funding opportunities, drafts funding opportunity descriptions, and proofreads content for monthly funding opportunity newsletters.
  8. Coordinates, and has direct responsibility for all Research Development sponsored agency and foundation visits to FAS and SEAS faculty, as necessary. Plans visit details and coordination, including event budget management and oversight. Provides input into planning around agency, foundation, and federal sponsor relationships and visit plans.
  9. Organizes and implements administrative systems and procedures around Research Development services and functions.  Schedules meetings and conference calls as necessary. Staffs relevant meetings. Reviews and processes purchasing card transactions.
Other duties as required.
Basic Qualifications A minimum of 3 years related experience working in higher education, research, research administration, or research development.
Additional Qualifications Bachelors degree preferred.  Basic knowledge and understanding of sponsored funding.  Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills. Ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and conflicting interests. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.  Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion. Competency using a variety of computer software and internet search engine tools. Ability to work on multiple projects effectively. Experience with web content management systems preferred but not required.