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Director for Programs, Partnerships, and Strategy

Universities Research Association, Inc.
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Director for Programs, Partnerships, and Strategy

Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation consisting of over 90 premier research-oriented universities. The corporation acts under the authority of its governing body, the Council of Presidents, and the business of the corporation is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The URA Corporate Headquarters is located in downtown Washington, DC. URA shares the responsibility with the University of Chicago through the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA) as a management and operating (M&O) contractor to the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL). URA also is an integrated subcontractor of National Technology Solutions of Sandia (NTESS), the Honeywell-led team serving as the M&O contractor to DOE/National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) for Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).

URA is in search of a Director of Programs, Partnerships, and Strategy to join our lean, dynamic team. The Director will report to the Vice President and lead URA's portfolio of programs. This includes:

Visiting Scholars Program, Sandia/URA Graduate Fellowship Program and others which aim to enhance the impact of collaboration between URA member universities, national laboratories, and other stakeholders in support of URA's mission and strategic goals.

The Director will focus on creating a viable strategy completing a needs assessment, evaluating the impact of our current programs, and developing new programs, partnerships, and initiatives that will enable URA member universities to engage fully with national laboratories and policymakers. The Director will engage key stakeholders across a wide spectrum of technical, scientific, and policy challenges, from high energy physics to artificial intelligence to climate change.

The Director will advise on the development and implementation of national campaigns, communication strategies, and strategic branding for these and other core URA programs. The Director of Research Programs, Partnerships, and Strategy will have a passion for STEM, broad working knowledge of academia, and insight into the workings of government research activities, including the national laboratories complex and facilities. The successful candidate will bring a creative approach to addressing the challenges faced by the nation's research enterprise.

  • Oversee the evaluation of current programs and recommend a portfolio of programs to support URA's strategic goals.
  • Develop and implement new initiatives through close collaboration with laboratories, universities, research staff, students, and other affiliates.
  • Continually evaluate the impacts and risks of new and ongoing programs and recommend actions to mitigate risks and maximize impacts.
  • Develop a robust portfolio of partnerships to support new programs and initiatives.
  • Serve as a business partner to universities, laboratories, URA corporate officers, and key stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with program staff.
  • Represent URA via networking, symposiums, and industry-related conferences.
  • Work with the URA executive team to develop and implement URA's strategic objectives and engage in high-value business development activities.
  • Facilitate cross-functional team collaborations and support corporate officers in developing business strategies.

  • Master's degree or PhD in a STEM field is essential.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of professional experience in a university, national laboratory, or federally funded research facility.
  • Progressive experience in project/program management, leading strategic initiatives and research.
  • Demonstrated expertise in expanding stakeholder and partner engagement.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to interact and build relationships with staff at all levels, including external stakeholders and business partners.
  • Technically proficient with creating written reports and presentations, Zoom, Microsoft 365, and adaptable to learning new software programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, high-level exposure initiatives, simultaneously working under tight deadlines and resources.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and negotiation skills.
  • Track record in increasing market awareness and driving social media engagement.
  • Strong technical and scientific background.
  • An innovative and empowering mentor that embraces integrity and ethical practices by providing accurate, responsive, detail-oriented results and goals.
  • Outstanding analytical and organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize competing and multiple priorities with a calm demeanor and sound judgment.
  • Possess a high level of personal integrity, good judgment, maturity, and flexible working style.
  • Highly engaged, mission-driven, and results-oriented.
  • Passion for the work of URA.

  • Building Teams: You can work to strengthen the team and its individual members; you lead by example and go beyond the expected to assure the success of all involved. You can facilitate the constructive resolution of conflict; increase mutual trust; and encourage cooperation and coordination.
  • Emotional Intelligence: You demonstrate the ability to interpret and act on human emotions while working with and/or managing others. You demonstrate empathy, self-awareness, self-regulation, and motivation.
  • Working Strategically: You are able to align priorities, planning and action to URA's strategic goals. You can identify patterns or connections between complex and ambiguous situations that are not obviously related and use these to come to conclusions about key issues that affect URA's priorities.
  • Building Relationships: You build both formal and informal professional relationships both internally and externally. You solicit advice, support, sponsorship, and commitments that result in smooth transitions and the development of broadly acceptable solutions.


At Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA), our employees are our most important asset. As part of our commitment to creating an enjoyable and productive work environment we offer a comprehensive benefits package.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Head of Academic Partnership, Location: Washington, DC - 20036
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