Vice Provost for Research

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Loyola University Chicago (Loyola), a private university founded in 1870 and one of the largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities in the United States, invites nominations and applications for the newly created position of Vice Provost for Research (VP-R). The VP-R will provide leadership, operational management, and oversight for central research administrative units across the university and carries overall responsibility for managing the grant submission and management processes, systems, and compliance and education needs of the central research administration functions at Loyola. Specifically, the VP-R has direct responsibility for the Office of Research Services across the three campuses. Staff in these offices number approximately 130 individuals with an annual budget of approximately $15 million. The position reports directly to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.


The VP-R will have University signatory authority for all three campuses and have a presence on all three campuses as the senior research administrator managing this comprehensive approach for research administration at Loyola.  Essential elements in this approach must include enhanced levels of customer service for faculty and researchers, the development of best of class information systems in support of business processes, and excellent training and career development support for staff. The VP-R will also ensure that all research administration operations are in compliance with regulations, policies, and laws that govern externally sponsored research activities in addition to addressing ever-growing research volumes. The VP-R will ensure that these activities are conducted in a manner that supports the needs of the University research community and effectively meets Federal guidelines. The VP-R will maintain a complete and accurate knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and agency guidance, required for Institutional oversight of laboratory animal care and use, radioactive isotopes, biohazardous materials, human stem cell and embryonic tissues research, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, and human subjects protections. The VP-R will regularly review draft and collaboratively implement changes to University policies relating to these research compliance areas. The VP-R is responsible for assisting research faculty with navigating the legal environment around patents, the protection of intellectual property and copy rights.


Qualified candidates will have a PhD or terminal research degree, though under certain situations, an MA/MS from an accredited institution of higher education will be accepted. Previous work experience (at least five years) must have been in research and grant administration, in a senior role in a university, non-profit or research institution. An understanding of the federal research funding climate, sponsoring agencies and funding opportunities is required, as is extensive knowledge of the laws, regulations, policies related to research compliance, and Federal and other regulations (current and emerging) governing sponsored projects administration. Candidates should bring experience working effectively with a wide range of internal and external constituencies, including faculty members, research staff, committee members, deans, administrators, clinical affiliates, business partners, and federal agencies and have a commitment to delivering customer-centric service.

Motivated by its Jesuit commitment to social justice and transformative education, Loyola has earned recognition on the national higher education landscape for its robust mission-centered undergraduate experience, an array of quality graduate and professional programs, the university’s research initiatives and engagement with the Chicago community, and excellent health sciences programs that, in partnership with the Loyola University Health System and Trinity Health, is working to transform the expanding healthcare environment. Loyola is one of 27 Jesuit universities and one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States. It currently enrolls over 17,000 students and has more than 4,000 faculty and staff members. In the last decade, Loyola has experienced tremendous growth in virtually every dimension, including undergraduate enrollment, student retention, healthcare innovation, physical footprint, and academic programs.

Loyola University Chicago has engaged Opus Partners  to support the recruitment of this position.  Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications and nominations should be sent by email to Katie ( ).




Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bonafide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.