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Working As A Research Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Director Do At Viacom Inc.

* Identify process improvement and profit opportunities through rigorous analysis of very large data pools
* Partner with the Strategy team to support performance analysis and business model development
* Identify Market opportunities by working with Sales and Strategic management team to set and monetize specific programming goals
* Develop innovative and insightful initiatives that competitively position and distinguish BETN on-air and digital brands in the marketplace
* Work with Research Management to establish best standards and practices for multiplatform research analysis and reporting
* Stay informed of industry news, emerging resources, measures and be the go-to source/resource for Senior Ad Sales Management
* Establish strong rapport and solid relationship/partnership with Senior Ad Sales Management and Research cohorts is critical.
* Participate in meetings, offering insights and share best practices as well as individual day-to-day happenings
* Work independently and proactively on problem solving and creating projects to move business forward beyond day-to-day requests
* Strive to make meaningful contributions both oral and written
* Embed onself in the understandng of the BET culture and offerings to better service and support the goals/needs

What Does A Research Director Do At Pfizer

* Develop patient advocacy plans and engagement strategies relevant to the disease area's research and early clinical development stage of the asset(s) to ensure patient perspectives and insights are gathered, incorporated and shaping the earliest stages of our Rare Disease Category's drug development programs.
* Identify appropriate opportunities for patient advocacy organizations to support Pfizer Rare Disease R&D pipeline; inclusive of innovative collaborations (examples: disease-area expertise, funding, patient-centric clinical trial design, access to data, access to patients to support recruitment, etc.) that enable the advancement of RDRU scientific and early development programs.
* Partner with RDRU scientists and clinical colleagues to identify key milestones and metrics for application of patient insights into scientific discovery and translation, development strategy, program design and operational execution.
* Serve as key member of RDRU project teams.
* Position Pfizer's RDRU as an attractive collaborator with patient advocacy associations and Foundations aligned with our strategic pipeline priorities.
* Serve as the Pfizer primary point of contact and develop strong collaborations with patient advocacy groups that work in rare disease areas of interest to Pfizer's RDRU.
* Act to facilitate engagements between advocacy associations and internal Pfizer subject matter experts to advance mission-matched priorities
* Identify drug development policy initiatives through early engagement with advocacy of potential relevance for Pfizer.
* Act as a resource for patient advocacy organizations in professionalizing and developing their capabilities (e.g. preclinical asset-development, developing natural history registries, disease education, understanding drug development, using social media, advancing clinical-trial readiness initiatives and thought-leadership).
* Collaborate with internal, cross-functional colleagues (including but not limited to RDRU, Corporate Affairs, WRD, Regulatory, GPD, Medical Affairs and Commercial teams) to
* Represent WRD and Rare Disease Category interests at key internal and external initiatives
* Advance/support Pfizer's patient-centric initiatives and communication work streams (WRD, Rare Disease Category, RDRU, Kendall Square/Cambridge Site, Global Patient Affairs, Pfizer Medical)
* Support Rare Disease Category priorities by providing patient advocacy perspective tied to pipeline portfolio
* Develop rare disease patient advocacy communications strategies and messages; ensuring appropriate, timely and transparent communications with patient advocacy organizations.
* Manage communication plan with advocacy per therapeutic area assigned.
* Triage science policy priorities
* Coordinate effective and efficient engagement strategies with rare disease community stakeholders consistent with end-to-end drug development model.
* Provide internal subject matter expertise on the RDRU pipeline portfolio and patient engagement activities both internally and externally.
* Collaborate with RDRU Patient Advocacy Lead to
* Develop internal capabilities and processes that enable patient engagement across WRD and the Rare Disease Category's early pipeline portfolio
* Facilitate sharing of information and best practices of patient and patient advocacy engagement to all pipeline rare disease programs.
* Provide patient advocacy perspective to help direct strategy for the therapeutic area and programs.
* Identify opportunities to engage as members of, and to share best practices with, internal work streams that seek to advance patient-centricity, patient engagement, RDRU prioritized pipeline portfolio programs and patient advocacy capabilities

What Does A Research Director Do At Rush University Medical Center

* Develops and Assesses appropriate resource alignment to support the scientific and administrative endeavors of the Department's research enterprise, in collaboration with division administration, department leadership and Office of Research Affairs.
* Develops operational reporting that highlights operational and financial status of each division's complement of research, including pending grants, grant submissions, and awards (Federal, State, and Private) by department and by principal investigator.
* Report will highlight variances from the prior year to the current year.
* Operational reporting is created necessary for purposes of division and department leadership management of the research enterprise.
* Lead strategic growth efforts of Department research to identify partnership and development opportunities to expand collaborations both internal and external to Rush University, including foundation, industry and alternative funding sources.
* Identify opportunities for additional research collaboration across divisions and departments, including identifying additional performance excellence opportunities to benefit internal and external collaborators.
* Ensures that investigators are in compliance with Federal, NIH, sponsoring agencies and Medical Center policies.
* Enforces compliance with these policies by providing relevant information to the investigators and reviewing with them the status of their respective projects.
* Assists investigators with compliance with regulatory guidelines of Human Research Committee, Animal Care and Use Committee, and other University Committees.
* Coordinates research-related capital and space requests in accordance with Rush internal processes and timing, working with department and Rush resources for ensuring appropriate use of Rush and department funds.
* Coordinates and executes operational, regulation, compliance and fiscal efforts as deemed necessary by external agencies and Rush Research administration with internal resources that serve as subject matter experts.
* Assumes primary responsibility for pre-award and post-award management of research grants.
* This includes working division and department resources on preparing and submitting all grants originating from the Department, developing budgets and working with investigators to ensure proper procedures are followed.
* Manages current team of grant specialists.
* Responsible for maintaining financial solvency of all research funds within the department.
* Monitors financial status of research accounts by reviewing monthly institutional and departmental reports.
* Detects and anticipates financial problems and works with the investigators and department administrator to resolve any mistakes.
* Works with division administrators, division chiefs and principal investigators to ensure all accounts are meeting annual budget expectations.
* Guides and monitors restricted and unrestricted research funding financial analyses, to ensure that grants are expended according to the federal, institutional, and chairperson's guidelines.
* Assists with assignment of accounts to expenditures, monitors compliance with budgets, and identifies and investigates potential problems and proposes solutions.
* Makes recommendations for cost savings and re-budgeting based on thorough understanding of study requirements and funding agency's regulations.
* Works with investigators, division administrators and financial manager to identify salary sources for investigators and research staff.
* Ensures that salary changes are made in a timely fashion and follow the funding agency regulations.
* Maintains effort reporting data for all faculty and fellows within the department.
* Responsible for ensuring that quarterly effort certification reports are accurate and submitted to Research Administration on a timely basis.
* Responsible for the effort grant reporting in the University's system, and act as liaison between the department and Medical Affairs.
* Assist investigators and research staff in certifying the sponsored effort correctly on a quarterly basis.
* Ensures gathering and promotion of Department research and scholarly activity to internal and external audiences; Works to lead annual report, web resources dedicated to research and ad hoc presentations.
* Collaborates with the Executive Administrator and division administrators to create, revise and report on goals, policies and procedures that ensure department research success
* Serves as liaison to NIH and other sponsoring agencies with regard to award regulations and fiscal administrative concerns.
* Serves as primary liaison to Research Administration, Finance, Accounts Payable, Materials Management and other departments, representing the needs of investigators and works to ensure that these needs are met.
* Other duties as assigned or requested

What Does A Research Director Do At Anthem, Inc.

* The Director of Research is responsible for managing the Safety and Epidemiology business unit, including oversight of the full portfolio of projects.
* Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:
* Business operations management
* o Set the strategic direction and priorities for the Safety and Epidemiology business unit.
* o Plan, direc t , and control the resources and efforts of the Safety and Epidemiology business unit, including the d evelopment and implementation of the hiring plan .
* o M entor and develop associates to support the growth and success of HealthCore ’s Safety and Epidemiology team.
* o Lead analysis for resources ( e.g., people, funding, materials, and support) to complete projects and recommend changes .
* o Lead the e valuat ion of business unit performance against plan to review successes, shortfalls, and areas of concern.
* o Hires, trains, coaches, counsels, and evaluates performance of direct reports.
* Research portfolio management
* o Operational accountability of all Safety and Epidemiology projects.
* o Support principal investigators and project managers in the proactive identification of potential bottlenecks, gaps, and risk areas as it relates to scope, budget, and timeline, and escalation to senior leadership.
* o Track current and projected financial status of research projects.
* o Support research leads in the development of timely, accurate, and high quality project deliverables.
* Business development support
* o Lead the development of study proposals in response to a Request for Proposal, including the scope of work, budget, and timeline framework around each proposal.
* o Work collaboratively with Business Development Directors to facilitate proposal submission, bid defense preparations, and contract execution.
* This position requires an MS, MPH, PharmD, or PhD in business or a life sciences field; 5 years of experience in health service research, epidemiology, or related field; 3 years of experience demonstrating progressing responsibilities leading project teams in the execution of research studies, including 2 years of experience managing client interactions; or any combination of education and experience which would provide an equivalent background .
* PhD preferred.
* Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills highly preferred.
* Ability to thrive in a constantly changing environment highly preferred.
* Strong research background that includes study design and analytical skills highly preferred.
* Relevant experience in conducting research using health plan administrative databases (pharmacy and medical claims) preferred .
* Consulting, clinical, payer, biopharmaceutical, or related experience preferred.
* HealthCore is headquartered in Wilmington, DE, midway between New York City and Washington, DC, with offices in Andover, MA and Alexandria, VA.
* The ideal candidate would be located in Andover, MA, Watertown, MA, or Wilmington, DE.
* However, this role is open to remote work locations.
* EOE/M/F/Disability/Veteran

What Does A Research Director Do At George Mason University

* The Director is responsible for all functions of the Office of Research Computing including:
* Strategic planning around advanced cyberinfrastucture;
* Evaluating, deploying, and supporting a comprehensive suite of hardware and software tools and technologies for scientific computing, advanced networking and data storage in support of the strategic plan;
* Promoting the effective use of advanced cyberinfrastructure through training, education, consultation and documentation;
* Partnering with colleagues within Mason and in other national and state-level organizations to create and implement Mason’s research cyberinfrastructure strategy;
* Working with faculty and other researchers (Principal Investigators) in the development of proposals to external and internal sponsors;
* Working with the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance and ITS Security to translate and ensure adherence with compliance regulations; and
* Managing research computing development and operational budgets

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How To Become A Research Director

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. These managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales.


A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. For advertising management positions, some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in advertising or journalism. A relevant course of study might include classes in marketing, consumer behavior, market research, sales, communication methods and technology, visual arts, art history, and photography.

Most marketing managers need a bachelor’s degree. Courses in business law, management, economics, finance, computer science, mathematics, and statistics are advantageous. For example, courses in computer science are helpful in developing an approach to maximize online traffic, by utilizing online search results, because maximizing such traffic is critical for digital advertisements and promotions. In addition, completing an internship while in school can be useful.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Advertising, promotional, and marketing managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales. For example, many managers are former sales representatives; buyers or purchasing agents; or public relations specialists.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to analyze industry trends to determine the most promising strategies for their organization. 

Communication skills. Managers must be able to communicate effectively with a broad-based team made up of other managers or staff members during the advertising, promotions, and marketing process. They must also be able to communicate persuasively with the public.

Creativity. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to generate new and imaginative ideas.

Decisionmaking skills. Managers often must choose between competing advertising and marketing strategies put forward by staff.

Interpersonal skills. These managers must deal with a range of people in different roles, both inside and outside the organization.

Organizational skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must manage their time and budget efficiently while directing and motivating staff members.

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Research Director Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Cantonese

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Dutch

  • Czech

  • Swahili

  • Swedish

  • Basque

  • Marathi

  • Gujarati

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Real Research Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Research GMP Securities, LLC Houston, TX Feb 01, 2015 $500,000 -
Director of Research Kg Funds Management LLC New York, NY Feb 27, 2016 $350,000
Director of Research and Context TBWA Worldwide, Inc. D/B/A TBWA Media Arts Lab Los Angeles, CA Aug 24, 2016 $267,500
Director of Research and Context TBWA Worldwide Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 13, 2016 $245,000
Director, Research and Analysis Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited New York, NY Feb 17, 2016 $220,000
Director of Research Kg Funds Management LLC New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $211,994
Director of Research Kg Funds Management LLC New York, NY Jun 11, 2015 $200,000
Director of Research Westchester County Health Care Corporation Valhalla, NY Dec 15, 2016 $200,000
Director of Research Kg Funds Management LLC New York, NY Nov 06, 2015 $200,000
Director of Research Dream Master, LLC Chandler, AZ Sep 19, 2015 $200,000
Director, Security Research Forcepoint LLC San Diego, CA Feb 08, 2016 $186,514
Director, Research Statistician The Nielsen Company (Us), LLC Evanston, IL Sep 20, 2016 $135,000
Regional Research Director Starcom Mediavest Group, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Dec 02, 2016 $133,600
Research Director, Engineer Newracom, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $131,200
Research Director, Engineer Newracom, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $130,000
Research Director Newracom, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 06, 2015 $130,000
Director, China Research Evercore Partners Services East, LLC Los Angeles, CA Aug 02, 2016 $129,251
Market Research Director Bonamar Corp. Doral, FL May 13, 2015 $125,000
Director of Research & Delivery U.S. Education Delivery Institute, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 10, 2015 $125,000
Research Director, Contact Center & CEM The Aberdeen Group LLC Boston, MA Feb 06, 2016 $101,500 -
Research Director, Contact Center & CEM The Aberdeen Group, LLC Waltham, MA Mar 09, 2016 $101,500 -
Survey and Research Director Kaltura Inc. New York, NY Feb 04, 2015 $100,000
Director, Outcomes Research American Cancer Society Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 20, 2016 $100,000
Research Director Rhodium Group, LLC New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $100,000
Research Director, CEB Risk Management Leadership Council CEB Inc. Arlington, VA Aug 27, 2016 $100,000
Operations and Scheduling Research Director Allegiant Travel Company D/B/A Allegiant Air Las Vegas, NV Aug 28, 2015 $98,000

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Top Research Director Skills

  1. Data Collection
  2. Financial
  3. Research Proposals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed and managed the research and data collections of five real-estate-consulting offices.
  • Developed and validated a customer satisfaction statistical model for large telecommunications company and national financial institution.
  • Write research proposals, prepare detailed test protocols, analyze data, and develop reports to present test results.
  • Proposed, managed and reported findings from primary qualitative and quantitative market research projects for advertising agency clients.
  • Drafted Investment Policy Statements, performed asset allocation services for clients, executed manager searches and recommended managers per client objectives.

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