Proposal Development Services (PDS) assists faculty and research scientists with planning and preparing grant proposals before submission to external funders. Specialists offer advice, consultation, and reviewer-focused grantsmanship feedback, as well as comprehensive proposal project management support for complex proposals and those of strategic priority to the campus.
The Proposal Development Services (PDS) team is seeking two Proposal Development Specialists. Provided services will be tailored to the diverse and varying needs of faculty and researchers based on their career stage, experience submitting successful proposals for external funding, availability of school/departmental resources, and the grantsmanship skills, abilities and capacity of the faculty and researchers.
Consults, directs, and assists investigators on the development of external funding proposals including preparation, submission, acceptance, and administration; investigates and answers questions from external agencies, researchers, fiscal officers, research administrators and others; counsels researchers and staff on the preparation of budgets, completion of certifications, and institutional information to ensure compliance with university policies, federal regulations, and agency guidelines.
Ascertains the status of proposals, awards, research risk approvals, internal approvals such as route sheets, and related documents; initiates action to resolve problems when necessary; assists faculty and staff in identifying documents or forms needed in connection with pending or funded projects; follows up on all correspondence to ensure that appropriate action is taken or information provided.
Provides comprehensive project management services including establishing timelines and processes for proposal production, helping to convene potential collaborators, organize faculty project teams, and lead proposal development meetings of the project team; edits proposals for concision, clarity, and consistency of style.
Provides strategic analysis and guidance for investigators and research teams; connects investigators with relevant internal and external professionals for development of certain proposal sections; suggests, when appropriate, faculty or researchers who may collaborate to strengthen proposals, particularly on large projects involving interdisciplinary and intercampus cooperation; advises on positioning of a project idea in relation to agency mission, active or anticipated funding opportunities, and program criteria; reviews and provides non-technical reviewer-focused feedback on proposal text for content and structure; discusses reviews for declined proposals and advises on potential revisions.
Provides analysis, writing, or other support to senior leaders for proposal-relevant strategic initiatives; analyzes funder priorities, communicates with agency personnel to better understand current and upcoming funding opportunities that are appropriate for IU faculty and/or researchers, and disseminates opportunities that align with institutional strategic priorities; offers consulting support to research interest groups involved in strategic initiatives.
Develops and presents content for workshops, web-based materials, tailored presentations for investigators, schools and departments; participates and leads other educational initiatives to assist faculty in finding funding opportunities and developing competitive grant proposals.
Facilitates effective communication, consensus building, team building, and team management to work effectively and collaboratively with agency contacts, project leaders/team members, senior administration, project management staff, internal units, and/or external contacts.
Bachelor's degree (preferably in related field)
3 years experience in proposal and/or research writing or related experience
Experience in a higher education research setting
Experience with private, state and/or federal granting agencies and an understanding of the policies and procedures of external granting agencies
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Proficient communication skills
Maintains a high degree of professionalism
Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
Highly thorough and dependable
Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
Strong attention to detail.
Ability to work independently, as well as work collaboratively with other members of the PDS team.
Ability to manage an unpredictable and time-sensitive caseload of complex assignments while providing quality service and meeting deadlines.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and knowledge of other online cloud-based platforms for collaborative work (or willingness to learn), as well as comfort interacting with others and presenting remotely (such as by Zoom).
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
Indianapolis, Indiana or Bloomington, Indiana
This position is eligible for remote work or to work in the office, subject to change in the future based on university policy and business needs.
For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
Multiple plan options for medical insurance
Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.
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