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Managing Director

Information Trust Institute

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Information Trust Institute (ITI) in The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Managing Director. Reporting to the Director, ITI, the Managing Director will ideate, develop, and manage college-wide strategies that develop and support faculty in the establishment of funded research opportunities (especially large externally funded opportunities such as centers and institutes), facilitating interactions between faculty and external stakeholders (i.e., government agencies, foundations, corporations, major research labs, and international research institutions). Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Research Project Management

  • Manage selected ITI programs (e.g. Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium, and CITES) as requested by Director.
  • Collaborate, foster, and manage partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate efforts across all ITI projects to provide reporting, general marketing communications, and meetings and event management.
  • Lead organization of, or contribute to, grant applications and proposals to government and industry sponsors.
  • Identify related opportunities and establish relationships with senior personnel from industry, government, non-profit, and international organizations to foster collaboration between ITI and outside organizations and grow the SGI effort.
  • Supervise employees (identified by Director) including delegating tasks, approving leave time, providing performance feedback, etc.
  • Oversee the marketing and public relations support for specific research projects through website development, printed materials, TV, radio, online media and representation at relevant trade and professional conferences.

Facilitate Proposals for Faculty Research

  • Facilitate the assembly and support of faculty research teams in response to large externally-funded proposal opportunities (for agencies, corporations, and foundations), including centers and institutes
  • Facilitate meetings for faculty teams to formulate strategies for pursuing funding opportunities.
  • Assist teams in putting together key information for proposals.
  • Liaise with the University Office of Sponsored Projects & Research Administration (OSPRA), Office of Technology Management (OTM), Research Park, Office of Corporate Relations (OCR), the Grainger Engineering Office of Advancement, and other key campus offices as part of faculty and external stakeholder needs assessment, including providing assistance on contracting discussions, collaboration processes, and stewardship of external relationships

Develop and Manage Research Initiative Programs

  • Work with faculty to maintain research initiatives.
  • Ideate, develop, and coordinate research initiative programs (e.g., Strategic Research Initiatives, Grainger Foundation research activities, etc.)
  • Develop and implement strategic plans for research under the guidance of the Director, ITI and in consultation with faculty.
  • Represent the Information Trust Institute in meetings/events related to research policy development, research administration, and research planning as requested.

Understand Funding Opportunities

  • Find funding opportunities and communicate to appropriate faculty.
  • Facilitate and manage relationships with corporations, foundations, and government agencies.
  • Create opportunities for and host visits by and to funding agencies, corporations, foundations, major research labs, and international research institutions. Conduct necessary follow-up and stewardship.
  • Facilitate faculty submission of white papers and invitations to participate on Advisory Committees for agencies that help shape future programs.
  • Coordinate corporate sponsored research activities:Explore and manage relationships with companies interested in collaborating on research in ITI
    Assist faculty and companies in understanding/communicating mutual needs and coordinate subsequent collaboration opportunities

Understand Faculty Research

  • Keep abreast of research of individual faculty, focused on ITI initiatives, in order to make connections with appropriate internal and external stakeholders
  • Work with faculty to understand their areas of interest and match to appropriate funding opportunities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science/engineering or related quantitative field.
  • Five (5) years of relevant experience
  • Ability to lead the development and implementation of faculty preparation programs on a variety of topics related to research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science/engineering or related quantitative field.
  • Six (6) or more years of relevant experience within a corporate or university setting
  • Previous success in research business development/proposals/projects with academia
  • Experience with converse effectively regarding technical/scientific topics with both academic faculty and external stakeholders
  • Experienced in interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Proven organizational skills
  • Ability to interact with both internal and external constituents, especially government program managers and agency representatives

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

The Managing Director position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by November 11, 2019. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Kelsey Krok,, 217-300-8313.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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