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Research Proposal Specialist

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Work Type: Staff Full Time (1500 hours or greater)
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: University Staff
Department: SoE Research & Innovation - 220300
Pay Grade: B - Exempt
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Position Summary:

Are you interested in a career opportunity that offers a great benefits package, supports personal and professional growth through wellness programs and life-long learning with tuition assistance, and advances the growth of engineering research for the common good At the University of Dayton, we value inclusive excellence because we recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to academic and institutional excellence. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply for our Research Proposal Specialist.

The Research Proposal Specialist will support School of Engineering (SOE) faculty with increasing grant writing success in competitive grant submissions. The specialist will manage the pre-award process and serve as a catalyst to help develop and support the formation of research teams for larger, center type grants. Additionally, will work very collaboratively with other staff working with the pre and post-award processes.

The successful candidate needs a full understanding of the grant landscape. They must be dedicated to helping faculty, be experienced at successful proposal writing, and have the ability to build strong research teams. They must see grant writing skill gaps and develop or coordinate training to address these needs. They must have a strong attention to detail, and foster positive relationships with colleagues.

The candidate will also be expected to coordinate and maintain SOE laboratory capability descriptions. The role will also serve to screen select submissions to ensure submission requirement compliance and thus improve the pre-award process. Additional duties may include assistance with the design of a data management plan or with budget development and justification.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience
• Effective written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and graphics software
• Articulated commitment to working with socially and culturally diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

• Master’s degree
• 5 plus years of relevant experience
• Ability to manage multiple, complex projects to completion
• Ability to present a compelling story
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of persons
• Active participation in NORDP and/or NCURA
• Demonstrated experience in grant writing (i.e., correct, clear, concise, and compelling writing)
• Ability to prepare and coordinate teams for multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator initiatives
• Prior experience working in an academic environment with teams, faculty, and staff
• Experience with technical writing in a science or engineering field
• Demonstrated experience planning, writing and coordinating proposals to federal, state and/or private funding sources

Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.
Closing Statement:

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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