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Capture Management/Research Development Program Director

University of Maryland

Job Description

Position Number:



Program Director

Functional Title:

Capture Management/Research Development Program Director

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



VPR-Research Development

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Under minimal supervision and reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research Development, the Capture Management/Research Development Program Director will develop and execute the capture strategy to identify proposal opportunities from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and related agencies consistent with UMD’s strategic initiatives, research capabilities, and programmatic strengths. A particular focus will be supporting the growth of UMD’s Translational Research capabilities through deep institutional engagement with NSF’s Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate.

The Capture Management/Research Development Program Director will:
  • Enhance individual, team, and institutional competitiveness through business development, partnership management, and strategic planning.
  • Serve as an integral member of the RD team to help facilitate the sustained growth of the research enterprise toward $1B in external awards.

Benefits Summary

Top Benefits and Perks:

Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required

  • Eight years of relevant or related experience in strategic capture, proposal development, business development and/or program management or leadership.
  • At least two (2) years working in a research-relevant position
  • Experience with NSF-sponsored projects and proposal mechanisms,, FastLane, etc.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • An ability to communicate (written and verbal) clearly and effectively with internal and external stakeholders, including across different disciplines and leadership levels
  • Ability to identify, competitively assess, and pursue research development opportunities across multiple scientific disciplines


  • Prior experience working at NSF, ideally in a program manager or leadership position
  • Deep knowledge of NSF culture, internal processes, and funding mechanisms
  • 2+ years experience in higher education Research Development
  • Direct organizational experience working across different functional units, interfacing with leaders and faculty of varying roles
  • Demonstrated prior performance in shaping a funding opportunity leading to successful capture
  • Ability to facilitate technical workshops and interchange meetings
  • Ability to independently identify, research and resolve issues
  • Experience in using planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask and manage competing deadlines
  • Demonstrated emotional and cultural intelligence and track record of working with diverse populations and multicultural contexts.

Additional Information:

No visa sponsorship for this position
Hybrid work negotiable

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to
extended periods of sitting, standing, walking.
Activities will include campus visits and tours and external site visits and meetings, primarily
within the National Capital Region, requiring an ability to travel (e.g., walk, ride, use available
transportation) up to 60 minutes at a time.
Activities include presentations to varied audiences in person and via video.
Visual acuity and manual dexterity associated with daily use of desktop computer; bending,
stooping, reaching and lifting up to 20 pounds.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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