Associate Vice President for Research & Development

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)


Working Title: Associate Vice President for Research & Development

Classification Title: Administrator III

Posting Details 

Priority Application Deadline (Posting will remain open until filled): Tuesday, January 16, 2024 @ 11:55pm PST 

Position Summary

The Associate Vice President (AVP) for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development provides vision and leadership for increasing campus activities in sponsored research, grants and contracts as well as innovation and economic development activities.  The AVP’s leadership and management responsibility includes fostering an inclusive and supporting environment for faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds. The position reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and has a defined partnership with University Enterprises, Inc. for post awards activities.

FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $15,000 per month - $17,083 per month

CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,250 per month - $20,063 per month

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Salary Grade/Range: 1

Recruitment Type: Regular (At-Will)

Time BaseFull-Time

Work Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm and as needed

Department Information 

The Offices of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED), a unit of Academic Affairs, works to expand the research capacity of Sacramento State’s faculty, staff, and students, and to link a range of academic and infrastructure initiatives that advance our faculty and campus connection to the regional community.

Required Qualifications 


  1. Broad-based experience with federal, state, and local research, grants and contracts, preferably in a University setting;
  2. Demonstrated experience obtaining funding for research activities and infrastructure development;
  3. A record of administrative achievement in developing and managing personnel and budget;
  4. An earned doctorate degree from an accredited university.


  1. Established relationships with program officers and administrators of major national and regional funding agencies;
  2. Experience working with diverse faculty, staff and student populations and implementing practices to ensure an inclusive environment;
  3. Knowledge of the complexities of grant and contract development and management;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students, staff and faculty;
  5. Knowledge of grant development including those specific to a broad range of the various state agencies, California State University system or other public/private university systems, and various academic disciplines;
  6. Knowledge of budget development and management;
  7. Effective leadership, management, organizational and communication skills.
  8. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community.


Ability to successfully pass background check

Preferred Qualifications

13. A proven record of successful leadership with a bold vision for research, innovation and economic development at a university setting;

14. Passionate about promoting faculty/student research and creative activities;

15. Experience serving on national grant review panels or study sessions;

16. A proven record of working with faculty, staff and state agencies in securing and managing grants and contracts;

17. Demonstrated experience in promoting diversity and inclusion within research, innovation, and economic development initiatives;

18. Evidence of cultural competence and experience working effectively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds;

19. A proven record of effective technology transfer, innovation and translational research to stimulate the regional economy;

20. Experience in research training for faculty and students at a university setting;

21. Management of Centers and Institutes;

22. Eligibility for a senior faculty appointment.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter and diversity statement.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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