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 Grants Specialist

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Primarily responsible for advising faculty on, and aiding faculty in, applying for and securing government and/or private foundation grants.

  • Develop grant proposals with and for faculty of the College.
  • Support the work of the Director and Associate Director.
  • Organize faculty workshops on sources of external funding and provide information about grant writing to individual faculty, programs, and departments.
  • Review drafts of proposals, including project narratives, budget, and other supporting documentation, in a timely manner to meet grant application deadlines.
  • As needed, serve as a liaison to granting agencies on behalf of the College, promoting faculty research and the effort to secure new funding opportunities and maintain current relationships.
  • Collaborate with faculty and other administrators on interdisciplinary research grants and initiatives supporting academic programs.
  • Maintain database of faculty grants submitted and received.
  • Safeguard the confidentiality of departmental or office administration by exercising discretion in communicating information to faculty, students, and staff and handling departmental records, files, applications, proposal evaluations, and similar confidential materials.
  • Assist the Director in submitting letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other correspondence to granting agencies.
  • Disseminate a monthly newsletter to faculty, highlighting funding opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Combination of education, training or experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions. Bachelor's degree or equivalent required, advanced degree preferred; training or experience in sciences or social sciences preferred.
  • One to five years of experience in working with faculty in higher education to write and secure grants required.
  • Ability to effectively supervise multiple projects and multiple personnel involved in these projects in accordance with University objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement special programs related to the Office for Faculty Research and Resources.
  • Ability to supervise, train, and develop student employees.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of people in a manner that positively portrays the University and its programs, personnel, and philosophies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to execute those physical activities required to perform the essential functions including, but not limited to, regular sitting and being mobile; continual talking and hearing both in person and on the telephone; regular keyboarding; regular seeing; and all other activities required to perform essential functions.
  • This position is subject to a criminal conviction record check.
  • Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty and students.
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