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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L7008 / Assoc Dir,Tech Research Progs
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under minimal supervision, defines, develops, and administers one or more broadly-based, ground-breaking technical research programs of national and/or international significance for an independently funded and administered research institute, established through a partnership of regional and national research organizations. Provides technical expertise and direction, and develops and implements program strategies. Conducts independent research and serves as principal investigator on complex, integrated research projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Defines, directs, and manages technical research programs of critical interest to the institute; sets priorities and initiates research projects in area of broad professional expertise.
  2. Provides strategic planning for the direction of research programs; sets goals and direction, establishes research budgets, workscope, approach, methods, protocols, and procedures.
  3. Provides technical leadership and guidance to researchers and investigators, and serves as principal investigator on research projects of broad scope and significance to the institute.
  4. Maintains professional contacts with other universities, research bodies, government agencies, and/or professional organizations; promotes and represents the research projects and programs of the institute on a national basis.
  5. Coordinates and serves as liaison between the various partners and research principals of the institute in the establishment and execution of research projects and programs.
  6. Represents the university to various institutional divisions as well as externally to the media, governmental agencies, prospective funding agencies and individuals, prospective vendors, and/or a range of constituencies within the community at large.
  7. Maintains a broad knowledge of current and emerging trends in state-of-the-art technology, systems, and research in area of expertise.
  8. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  9. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to manage multiple research projects.
  • Ability to lead and guide technical and professional staff in the performance of research.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to plan, initiate, direct, and manage major research projects of critical interest to the field.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish budgets and funding for major research programs.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technological, systems, and research trends in area of expertise.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of research principles, protocol, techniques, and standards within area of expertise.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017