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Associate Director of Research Development

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Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Bouve College of Health Sciences

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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:

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences is seeking anAssociate Director of Research Development to join their team!

Please note: The primary work location for this position is the Boston MA Northeastern University Campus Location. This interview process will be conducted remotely- including virtual interviews, remote onboarding and remote work. This position will operate under a hybrid model, which requires 3 days on campus and 2 days remote.



Northeastern University is an R-1 institution and is on a trajectory of rapid growth in research, having nearly tripling its funding in the past decade to $190M. Research at the Bouve College of Health Sciences is a critical part of this effort. The Research Development position will be a new role and a key member of the research development team in the Bouve College of Health Sciences. The Associate Director of Research Development will report to the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and work closely with the Dean’s and Provost office, as well as faculty, staff, graduate students, directors of university centers/institutes and other leadership teams. The individual will support the overall college research program, select large-scale research initiatives, and advance the reputation, impact and external profile of Bouve research nationally and internationally, and grow the research enterprise at the college. This will be accomplished through targeted activities to build long-term capacity and provide strategic and tactical support across the college and in partnership with other units at Northeastern.

The individual will be an integral member of the team, helping researchers to: (1) identify and analyze funding opportunities and connect with funders, (2) ideate, develop and edit proposals to funders, and (3) facilitate interaction with administrative structures within institution, as well as managing various internal projects.

The position requires extensive interaction with many internal/external stakeholders. Principally this will include Northeastern faculty and other staff, but also includes external groups (outside faculty, industry/government collaborators and funders, etc). The job provides a unique challenge in that the multiple constituencies have simultaneously different and overlapping needs which must be anticipated and accommodated. In addition to outstanding communication, writing and editing skills, this job requires superior organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to effectively prioritize, integrate and balance the various ongoing efforts under strict deadlines.


• Master’s degree required (preferably in a health / technology related field) with 8+ years of research development experience in higher education.
• Experience with NIH and NSF grant mechanisms and grant applications is required (additional experience with other public and private agencies preferable).
• Strong ability to synthize and communicate information and data in a cohesive and succinct manner.
• Outstanding writing and editing skills, particularly of technical and health-related documents.
• Superior organizational capabilities and ability to work independently with strong self-initiative.
• Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
• Must be flexible, work well in a team and in a fast paced environment. Strong work ethic.

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For more than a century, Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences has championed a simple idea: Experience deepens learning. Here, at one of the nation’s leading health science colleges, future pharmacists, policymakers, administrators, nurses, physical therapists, scientists, speech therapists, and psychologists learn from renowned professors, while apprenticing alongside preeminent clinicians and researchers at top health institutions.

Bouvé College of Health Sciences encompasses four exceptional schools, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences, and School of Pharmacy. Together, these institutions leverage interdisciplinary collaboration and strategic synergies to tackle the world’s most pressing health challenges. It is this cross-pollination of academic rigor, interdisciplinary perspectives and globally recognized experiential learning that distinguishes Bouvé and its graduates.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Bouvé College of Health Sciences values and respects the multiple and diverse identities of our shared humanity across race, ethnicity, class, ability, language, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, and military service. We are committed to enlivening the climate of diversity at Bouvé through teaching, learning, dialogue, and relationship building. We seek to nurture inhabitable and welcoming spaces where all members feel that their ideas, voice, and lived experiences matter. We avow that differences in perspectives exist, are to be anticipated, and that respect for our differences is foundational to the universe of ideas that enrich our lives and professions. We are committed to advocacy, inclusion, and justice for all.


Northeastern University offers a comprehensive and competitive employee benefits program for all full-time regular faculty and staff including medical plans, a dental plan, medical and dependent-care reimbursement accounts, retirement plans, life insurance benefits, disability programs, and tuition reimbursement.

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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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