Senior Director of Research Strategy

Senior Director of Research Strategy

Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Senior Director of Research Strategy.

The Global Security Initiative’s (GSI) mission is to advance transformational capabilities at ASU in science and technology to meet defense, security and intelligence mission needs, through novel research and training experiences. GSI prioritizes impact, execution, and sustainable relationships with research sponsors and partner organizations. GSI serves as a core point of contact for science and technology engagements with defense and national security sponsors. Home to four research centers, GSI has a bifurcated mission: to drive transformational capabilities in core ASU strength areas such as cybersecurity, human/AI teaming, advanced communications, data visualization and analytics, and disinformation and strategic influence; and to foster growth in capabilities across the university in other critical technology areas important to the Department of Defense.

GSI’s Senior Director of Research Strategy reports to the Executive Director of GSI and is a core member of GSI’s leadership team. The Senior Director will oversee a team focused on proposal support and sponsor engagement that includes an associate director and an assistant director, as well as full-time proposal managers. This is an opportunity to be a part of shaping the strategic, cutting-edge research at the nation’s most innovative university. GSI anticipates significant growth over the next decade, and the Senior Director will play a vital role in the expansion of the research enterprise.

The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, experience executing Department of Defense research in government, academia or the private sector, and an existing network of relationships in the defense science and technology and research and development communities. The Senior Director will evaluate research opportunities and develop strategies to engage faculty researchers, university research leaders, and staff in new thematic growth areas. The Senior Director will foster collaborations with other universities, research entities, and national laboratories. In addition, and most importantly, the successful candidate will build lasting relationships with R&E sponsors in the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Intelligence Community

One of the nation’s top public universities and ranked #1 in Innovation by U.S. News & World Report, ASU is well underway in its bold reinvention of higher education as the New American University. ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that bridge transdisciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge, while developing practical solutions to serve our communities and the world at large. ASU has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research and teaching excellence and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social and economic vitality of its surrounding communities in the metropolitan Phoenix region and beyond.

The Search Profile, with additional information about Arizona State University, the Global Security Initiative, and the opportunities for the Senior Director can be found at:

Nominations and Applications

Applicants are requested to submit the following:

Curriculum Vitae or Resume
A letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the Senior Director of Research Strategy position
Names and full contact information for five references (references will not be contacted without prior approval)

ASU will begin review of applications immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted through the AGB Search portal system accessible via this link by March 25, 2024.

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged Please direct them to to the AGB search consultants listed below.

Jerry Gilbert, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant – / (662) 769-1021

Kimberly Templeton, J.D., Principal – / (540) 761-9494

Please direct any general questions regarding the position or search process to the AGB Search associate listed below:

Nick Omichinski, Research Associate – / (734) 780-6069

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis protected by law. Employment may be contingent upon successful passing of background and fingerprint checks.