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Research Development Officer

Apply now Job no: 505955
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Provost’s Office

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Reporting to the Director of Research Development and Strategic Projects, the Research Development Officer (RDO) helps to produce, manage and implement a suite of programs and services designed to increase the competitiveness of proposals for extramural funding, with an emphasis on projects that can scale to major center-level initiatives.


The RDO will develop deep knowledge of college-based and multidisciplinary research programs and will participate in the expansion of existing programs and the development of new initiatives.

The RDO develops and maintains up-to-date knowledge of federal and non-federal extramural sponsor priorities in support of faculty research development efforts, with a focus on building a sustainable matrix of sponsorship from diverse sources, and will leverage faculty strengths and internal funding programs to map to key sponsor initiatives.

The RDO will strengthen the institutional infrastructure for promoting interdisciplinary research and scholarly development across the university, serving as a resource for and working closely with college and departmental research officers and colleagues in the Division of Research.


Master’s degree in a research related field, plus three years of experience in either research development/research administration with an emphasis on multi-investigator proposal development, or comparable experience in research communications or public administration;

Excellent oral and written communication abilities with particular emphasis on ability to understand, interpret, and summarize scientific research initiatives across a variety of subject domains for presentation to technical and non-technical audiences;

Knowledge of extramural federal and non-federal sponsors supporting research and education activities, preferably in a university environment;

Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects and activities, and flexibility to manage addition or reprioritization of projects and to request guidance as needed;

Ability to assume a leading role in project and program management and demonstrated expertise in managing the development of complex documents;

Strong interpersonal and organizations skills with a demonstrated ability to build consensus in order to achieve desired outcomes;

Experience in academic research, business development, data design and analysis, and technical writing, a plus;

The successful candidate will be a flexible, creative, scientifically literate professional and team player with ability to add value to the development of faculty-led research proposals and initiatives across a variety of subject domains.


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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