Chief Operating Officer

Research Foundation for SUNY

The President and CEO of The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) and its Board of Directors invite nominations and applications for an experienced research administration leader to serve as RF Chief Operating Officer (RFCOO).

Driving social impact, enhancing human wellbeing, and stimulating economic growth, the RF provides SUNY’s 30 state-operated campuses with an infrastructure of people, technology, and processes that enable faculty to write and submit grant proposals to agencies, foundations, and companies; establish contracts and manage funding awarded to run campus-based research projects; protect and commercialize intellectual property created within those projects; and establish enduring partnerships that shape the future.

In collaboration with new System Provost and President of the Research Foundation, Dr. Melur “Ram” Ramasubramanian, the RFCOO will play a critical role on the RF leadership team, working to establish an environment that expertly and efficiently supports research and discovery across the SUNY System. The RFCOO will oversee the execution of the core functions of the RF, including the efficient and transparent administration of sponsored programs and technology. This individual has day-to-day oversight of the strategic, operational, and financial goals of all areas within the RF, coordinating with elected officers and working with the leadership team members responsible for key functional areas. The RFCOO provides essential leadership in supporting the Presidents, Operations Managers, and other leaders at SUNY’s campuses, offering direction and oversight for initiatives and projects that support SUNY’s research mission and the RF’s strategic plan. The RFCOO is a key strategic partner to the RF President and acts in the place of the President during the President’s absence.

The RFCOO will evaluate the RF’s current operating practices, ensuring that they are optimized to cultivate, support, and facilitate campuses’ ability to establish and increase faculty scholarship, cutting edge research, and the recruitment and retention of strong faculty researchers across the System. To that end, they will scale and optimize operations to support SUNY’s efforts to elevate research expenditures, technology transfer, and cross-institutional research collaboration. The RFCOO will be responsible for leading and motivating a high-performing team, with a portfolio that includes Industry and External Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and Sponsored Program Administration and Regulatory Affairs. The RFCOO will champion the RF’s values of inclusion, equity, and belonging in its workforce for diversity of people, culture, thought, perspective, and background. They will ensure that operational procedures are communicated clearly, to manage and advance the business of serving SUNY.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader in one or more key operational areas including research administration, grants and sponsored project administration, technology transfer, finance, legal affairs, or human resources, bringing deep familiarity with research compliance and commercialization. The RFCOO will be a data-driven leader who will partner closely with the President of the RF to identify existing pain points in research administration across the System and optimize operations to better the experience of all faculty and research administrators of SUNY.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at WittKieffer.com.

WittKieffer is assisting the Research Foundation for SUNY in this search. Review of candidate materials has begun, and interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Lauren Bruce-Stets, and Kim Migoya
RFforSUNY-COO@wittkieffer.com

The salary range for this position is $300,000 – $350,000.

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy-related conditions, reproductive health decisions, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, prior arrest or conviction record, genetic characteristics/genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, military status or service, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected under federal, state or local law. The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. The Research Foundation for the State University of New York operates under a contract with The State University of New York and receives no directly appropriated state funding.

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