Research Development Specialist, Office of Research and Creative Scholarship
The Office of Research Administration invites applications for a Research Development Specialist . This position reports to the Research Development Manager and must be a self-starter, working autonomously on activities to develop and increase proposal production and submission to grow the research enterprise.
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Support faculty, staff, and administrative leaders in the preparation of external grant proposals, particularly larger interdisciplinary proposals.
- Acquire and interpret up-to-date knowledge of funding and federal programs and submission deadlines for applications.
- Manage a variety of tasks and projects and handle sensitive information under strict timelines.
- Build relationships with faculty and staff to learn individual areas of strength and interest.
- Identify new funding opportunities through prospect research. Match opportunities to individuals and, working with others in OSP to facilitate proposal submission.
- Develop a comprehensive proposal checklist and suggest timelines for completion of proposals.
- Provide detailed critiques and editing of draft documents for a range of disciplines. Includes editing/refining draft proposals, securing and/or editing supplementary documents, making recommendations on program design, and advising on proposal format/editorial style.
- Other duties as assigned and required to advance the research enterprise, such as the delivery of campus-wide grantsmanship training and coordination of materials and information to support grant writing by faculty/staff.
- Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment (LOA) Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
- Salary for this position is $50,000 - $60,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Education and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, a research discipline, or related field, in addition to three (3) years of experience in research development or sponsored activities in a university setting or academic environment; or any combination of education and experience that would provide the competencies required to successfully discharge the duties of this position.
- Ability to successfully manage the involvement of academic faculty and staff in the development of multi-disciplinary efforts.
- Facilitation skills to encourage, develop, shepherd, and manage multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional proposals.
- Knowledge of the numerous sources and clearinghouses that provide funding opportunities.
- The ability to work creatively with a diverse clientele.
- Knowledge of The University of Montana, including specific areas of research and creative scholarship of UM’s faculty and staff
- Experience and expertise in a variety of research agreement mechanisms
About the Office of Sponsored Programs, UM , and Missoula
The mission of the Office Sponsored Programs (OSP) is to assist the University community in obtaining and administering external funding for all grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements that support research, instruction, and public services activities, and to protect institutional eligibility for external funding by ensuring that all sponsored projects comply with university grant-related policies as well as federal, state, and sponsor regulations.
The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.
UM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.
To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
- University of Montana
- City of Missoula
- The State of Montana
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: May 19, 2021
Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.
*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
- Cover letter – describing research interests, experience, career goals, and your fit for the position
- Detailed CV - listing education, publications, skills, etc
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
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Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular
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