The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI)  has the following list of positions open. Click the respective job title below to see an overview of the position. For more information about applying for positions at Virginia Tech visit

The Chief of Staff plays a central role in ensuring that Virginia Tech’s research and innovation organizational strategy and priorities are clearly defined and effectively implemented.

This individual is the principal aide and analyst to the Vice President for Research and Innovation, serving as a key liaison with diverse internal and external constituencies and assisting in providing leadership and direction for institutional initiatives, special projects, time or critically sensitive decisions, internal communications, and policy development. He/she will help the Vice President and the senior leadership team of the office succeed as they work with the Virginia Tech community to introduce a new research and innovation strategic plan by keeping key projects on track, monitoring and evaluating progress, offering trusted counsel and feedback, and aligning and coordinating resources.

The person in this position plays a critical role in ensuring that various groups and stakeholders are aligned and working in concert to achieve shared goals and objectives. This requires an individual that possesses a deep understanding of today’s complex academic research and commercialization environment, exceptional organizational, problem solving and people skills, and great flexibility and patience.

The Chief of Staff reports directly to the Vice President and is a member of the office’s senior leadership team.

The Director of Finance is responsible for overseeing the finances for the research and innovation office. This individual is the principle analyst of the complex financial activities for the office, providing guidance to the Vice President and the senior leadership team on future financial plans in support of the university strategic plan.

He/she is the primary liaison to the Office of the Vice President for Finance and the research institutes, and works cooperatively with all other internal and external units involved in research and technology commercialization initiatives. This requires an individual that understands the big picture and is able to communicate well at all levels.

The Director of Finance reports directly to the Vice President and is a member of the office’s senior leadership team.


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Lynn Byrd
Human Resources Project Manager

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