Job Posting

Program Director for Faculty Research Development

Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), University of Michigan

This posting has closed as of March 17, 2021. Thank you!


How to apply:

A detailed cover letter and resume or CV are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please include names and contact information for 3 references. We will only contact references for the final pool of candidates. The hiring committee members are Anna Kirkland (IRWG Director and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Women’s and Gender Studies), Annette Joseph-Gabriel (Assistant Professor of French and Romance Languages and Literatures), Jill Jividen (Director of Research Development, Office of the Vice President for Research), and Beth LaPensee (Program Director for the Research Initiatives team at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research). Applications should be submitted through the University of Michigan’s job portal at, keyword/Job ID 194159. 

Job Summary:

The Program Director for Faculty Research Development at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) works with faculty to promote and catalyze research at the University of Michigan. The Program Director is an administrative staff position reporting to the Director of IRWG.

Founded in 1995, IRWG is an interdisciplinary research unit that supports U-M faculty in their research on women, gender, and sexuality. IRWG offers internal research funding and research support and also assists faculty in preparing extramural grant proposals. We sponsor a variety of speakers and events to foster intellectual exploration and social change. IRWG is located in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and our mission extends to all departments and units on all three campuses of the University of Michigan. IRWG has nearly 200 affiliated faculty members representing all schools, colleges, and disciplines at the university. Current areas of focus in IRWG include sexual harassment and gender-based violence, Black feminist health studies, transgender health, post-colonial sexualities, and LGBTQ+ studies. The Program Director works with the Director, the chief administrator, an executive secretary, an events and communications specialist, a grants administrator, and dedicated IT support.

This position requires an academic with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of research and scholarship, the ability to communicate collegially and knowledgeably with faculty in an array of disciplines that use diverse methodological approaches, the ability to form and sustain relationships with faculty around their ideas and to help those ideas grow, and experience in grant and proposal writing and editing. It also requires the establishment and maintenance of informed scholarly contact with funding agency program officers in both public and private funding sectors. This is not a student-facing or teaching-related position. Work will be performed in person on the Ann Arbor campus after we are cleared to return to in person work.


The specific duties include assisting the Director in fostering collaborations across disciplines; assisting faculty in generating effective extramural proposals; providing detailed grant proposal development assistance to faculty through all stages of proposal conceptual development and refinement including technical writing assistance; assisting the Director in writing proposals from within IRWG; identifying external and internal funding opportunities and matching them to faculty interests; providing external funding source searches for faculty and serving as a conduit to program officers for introductions and feedback; designing, conducting and participating in grant development workshops and other programs with faculty; managing internal seed funding competitions and awards; following up with faculty about seed grant outcomes and further development; joining and being active in research development national organizations and networks; keeping detailed records of work to show impact; assisting the Director in developing and refining metrics to show impact for use in annual reports, presentations, and other documents; and creating templates, tools, and resources to support grant/research development.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in the social sciences, humanities or health sciences with a significant scholarly focus on women, gender, or sexuality from an intersectional perspective. Strong initiative and demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaborative settings is essential. Candidates must be able to meet tight deadlines, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and be able to manage multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously. Candidates should also have experience in grant development and scholarly writing and editing. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Desired Qualifications:

Prior extramural grant awards or proposals submitted, book publication, familiarity with the National Institutes of Health grant mechanisms, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. We are able to provide training in grant and research development for a highly qualified candidate looking to move into a new career path. Candidates without research development experience should describe in detail how they will transfer their current skills to catalyze feminist research.

Salary Range:

$80,000 - $95,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Compensation includes generous UM benefits.

Background Screening:

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

Applications should be submitted through the University of Michigan’s job portal by March 17, 2021.