Harris Search Associates has been selected to lead the University of Dayton Research Institute Associate Director, Business Services search 

The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has selected Harris Search Associates to lead the search for its next Associate Director of Business Services.

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Reporting to the UDRI Director, the Associate Director (AD) provides senior leadership for a broad range of business functions ensuring the efficient and effective operational support of research programs as well as providing timely and accurate financial and other university reporting. 

The AD oversees the department heads leading the business areas of research accounting, finance, procurement, research infrastructure, operational excellence and information technology systems.  The AD closely collaborates with the offices of Contracts & Grants, Technology Partnerships, and the UD Controller to ensure the smooth attainment of the Institute’s business objectives.  The candidate should have demonstrated success as an administrator and fiscal manager with an ability to work collaboratively with a culturally diverse group of constituencies at UDRI and the University of Dayton campus.

Established in 1956, The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) is the professional research arm of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.  UDRI is recognized for its research in materials, structures, sensors, propulsion, manufacturing, intelligence, autonomous systems, energy, and sustainment technologies.  In 2018, UDRI performed $150 million in sponsored research, ranking UD first among colleges in the nation for federally-sponsored materials research according to the National Science Foundation, and first among nonprofit institutions for research sponsored by the Department of Defense.  With over 600 full-time research, technical and administrative staff, UDRI combines creative research expertise and extensive technical capabilities with a strong customer focus ethos to deliver quality solutions “at the speed of business” on budget and on time. 

Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 50 offices in 33 countries worldwide.  Our practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine and commercial enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, hospitals, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery. 


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