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Office of Defense Engagement Director

Colorado State University

This is a Full-time position in Fort Collins, CO posted July 16, 2021.

Please see Special Instructions for more details.
For full consideration, please apply by 5/03/2021, 11:59 pm (MT) with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, current resume, and contact information for 3 professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

This posting will remain open until filled.

Working Title Office of Defense Engagement Director

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 202100342AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Prof/Indiv Contrib IV

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range 150,000
– 250,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family.

Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. .

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 05/03/2021

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is recognized as one of the premier research institutions and routinely ranks in the top of all-American Universities in research expenditures.

The Office of the Vice President for Research has overall responsibility for promoting and facilitating the research enterprise at Colorado State University.

The Office of the Vice President for Research will enable the University, its faculty, staff, and students to emerge as a world-class research institution complementing our learning, service, and outreach missions.

The Office of the Vice President for Research will lead the 21st Century Land Grant mission of Colorado State University by fostering and supporting the research enterprise, promoting scholarship and artistry, instilling a culture of integrity, inclusion and diversity, and capitalizing on opportunities to address global challenges.

The Office of Defense Engagement ( ODE ) is housed in the Office of the Vice President for Research ( OVPR ).

The mission of the ODE is to promote and coordinate research, scholarship and engagement on programs related to defense, national security, and internationalization of opportunities from the CSU campus.

Position Summary

The ODE Director promotes CSU as a collaborative partner with senior military command and staff personnel, agency directors, and education/research directors within the defense and national security communities.

These include themes related to national security across sectors including agriculture, health, energy, cyber security and the environment.

The ODE Director will lead an effort to bring the CSU research community together to contribute more comprehensively to national security related R&D, including growing the research portfolio, providing domain expertise to campus, drafting and executing a strategic plan, identifying challenges, opportunities, and innovative solutions to conducting national security-related research, and positioning CSU as a valued resource and thought leader for Federal and industry defense and security initiatives.

The Director reports to the Vice President for Research and provides leadership and guidance regarding partnerships and cooperative relationships with local, state, Federal, international research institutions, government agencies, and the private sector in areas where CSU shares common interests in defense, security and international development.

The Director will partner closely with units on campus that have significant programs related to national security and Defense.

These include the Director of the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands ( CEMML ) to help identify collaborative opportunities that generate pathways to leverage the strengths of CEMML and the CSU research community.

The Director will also work closely with partners on campus seeking international research partnerships with national security relevance.

The Director will collaborate closely with the ODE Associate Director, campus leadership, faculty, academic units, and business support services to articulate and focus cross-campus strengths and catalyze compelling initiatives in areas of emerging interest for the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ), the Intelligence Community (IC), other relevant government agencies and industry partners addressing national security interests.

The Director will play a leadership role in advancing proposals for extramural funding to advance national security and defense-related research, will identify funding opportunities for CSU faculty and scientists, and will facilitate pursuit of funding opportunities for individuals or teams of CSU scientists.

The Director will work with deans, department chairs, faculty and administration, including research development, compliance, sponsored programs, university counsel, industry partners, and government relations, to identify resources needed to build infrastructure and business operations enabling increased national security-related research.

The director must understand the unique responsibilities and accountabilities of a multi-agency collaborative, and provide outstanding leadership; communicate professionally; and, work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team/community effort.

Required Job Qualifications
Masters or Ph.D.

in a technical field with demonstrated national security interest At least 10 years of experience post Masters or Ph.D.

in grant or contract related defense or national security-related Science & Technology (S&T) Management of interdisciplinary teams and complex partnership programs and resources At least 10 years International Program experience in global S&T programs related to national security or defense Experience in international partnership programs Ability to acquire secret level clearance and suitability for controlled and classified S&T programs The ODE Director must have a results-focused mentality with the ability to operate at both strategic and operational levels to substantially increase CSU research partnerships and collaborations related to national security and international research and engagement activities.

Preferred Job Qualifications Experience with agencies that fund global S&T programs including US government (e.g.

USAID ), foundations, or other sources of global S&T investments Experience with global health or other global capacity building programs Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Job Duty Category Partnership


A key role of the Director will be to foster interdisciplinary, cross-college research efforts related to national security and defense and to work with units across campus that are already engaged in this area.

These include but are not limited to, the Center for Military Land Management, the Infectious Disease Research Center, Colorado School of Public Health, departments working in infectious disease research, and the One Health Institute.

The Director will also work on relevant multi-institutional efforts including the Coalition for Epi Response Engagement and Science ( CERES ).

The Director will pursue international research opportunities as they relate to areas in national security and international capacity building and collaborations.

The programs envisioned across these units could include multiple issues across national security interests including health security and medical countermeasures (Rx, Dx, Vx), cyber-biosecurity, environmental remediation, climate, and sustainability.

The Director will work internally with senior leaders in the OVPR and across the colleges to identify opportunities for new programmatic impacts and funding related to national security.

The Director will work closely with the Research Acceleration Office in putting together appropriate interdisciplinary opportunities and connect to required faculty, staff, or students.

Where appropriate, the Director will partner with academic colleges and the Office of Extension and Engagement to support new curricular and training opportunities for next-generation experiential life-long learning that could include our active veteran’s population.

Percentage Of Time 70

Job Duty Category Extramural Funding


The Director is expected to have a record of competing successfully for extramural funding and building teams for innovative execution.

The Director is expected to carry at least 25% of their effort on these extramural funds after the first 2 years in this position.

Percentage Of Time 30

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by 5/03/2021, 11:59 pm (MT) with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, current resume, and contact information for 3 professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

This posting will remain open until