Requisition ID:  30157

Research Development Administrator, Lead

Job Summary

The RCAC Research Development Administrator will be responsible for developing and growing research funding strategies centered around the newly established university approved Research Software Engineering center (RSE Center).  This position will develop and maintain research relationships with Purdue faculty, government, industry, and foundations. In conjunction with researchers, prepare proposals and annual reports for RSE research projects. Manage the RCAC sponsored research portfolio. You will serve as the main resource for and provide guidance on account management activities for researchers and team members. You will monitor the progress of RSE initiatives and develop metrics, ensure adherence to timeline, maximize resources, and improve processes. This position will provide measurable input to RSE research projects, processes or standards in operational plans. You will proactively grow outreach efforts to promote the RSE Center services and recommend opportunities for additional services. You will collaborate with senior leadership and the communications team to develop and execute a strategic communication plan for the RSE center. You will design and deliver workshops and presentations to the Purdue community and participate in national computing activities and present on RSE services and initiatives. You will also provide mentorship to students.


This is a new position where you will have the opportunity to make this your own and be part of the team to grow the new RSE Center. Some of what you will be doing is consorting with the Principal Director of the center writing papers, overseeing projects and presenting at conferences. 

About Us:

Purdue University’s Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC) department is committed to promoting and advancing all forms of diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) to create an environment and culture where the uniqueness of individuals is celebrated and persons from all backgrounds can thrive.


RCAC provides access to leading-edge computational and data storage systems as well as expertise in a broad range of high-performance computing activities. To fulfill our mission, we:

  • provide advanced computational resources and services to support Purdue faculty and staff researchers.
  • evaluate, deploy, and support hardware and software for large-scale scientific computing.
  • promote the effective use of our research computing systems and application software through training and education, consultation, and documentation.
  • contribute to the discovery process through algorithm design and development of effective computing techniques.

What We're Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Six (6) years of combined experience with strategic planning, program and project management, budgeting, marketing and communications
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be accepted


Skills Needed:

  • Ability to:
    • work as part of a high-performing team in a collaborative, inclusive and diverse environment
    • articulate a long-term vision, operate on a strategic level and be politically aware of the requirements and motivations of faculty, students, customers, and vendors
    • accurately and concisely convey department messaging
  • Demonstrated:
    • project management skills with the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize tasks. Complete projects with minimal supervision.
    • skills in self-motivation, analytical, and problem-solving skill
    • skills in developing and delivering workshops and presentations
    • ability to effectively mentor other professionals and students
    • ability to develop and manage marketing strategies
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills including the ability to consult with faculty, government and industry partners


Additional Information:

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

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