Grants Specialist, Public Service & Outreach

Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The Grants Specialist position assists 8 Public Service and Outreach (PSO) units with generating external funds to better serve the citizens of Georgia. This position is crucial given that PSO units generate 70 percent of their operating budgets through external funding sources. The incumbent will help to increase PSO’s ability to compete for larger and more long-term external funding from federal agencies, corporations, and foundations, provide assistance with complex proposal/application development and submission, and provide grant writing assistance as needed. The incumbent’s role will be to continually search and identify opportunities for funding and match opportunities with PSO work based on an understanding of PSO units’ mission. The Grants Specialist will be knowledgeable of the relevant policies of major federal and non-federal sponsors, handle complex proposal award tasks, and make independent decisions concerning non-narrative content and format of grant proposals. This position will work closely with the Office of the Vice President for PSO senior management team, PSO directors, Development, Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), and other administrative groups.


  • (45%) Search and identify opportunities for grant funding and match opportunities with PSO work based on an understanding of PSO units’ mission. Provide technical assistance to PI’s (e.g., project design and application process, grant management and compliance). Identify/develop grants tools and resources – list of grant mentors and faculty grant experience/expertise, examples of successful applications, tool kits and other resources to improve competitiveness; source for standardized language and other info used routinely in applications.
  • (25%) Maintain relationships with PSO units, Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) and all players involved in grants processes and coordinate/trouble-shoot issues on process and individual projects.
  • (20%) Serve on campus-wide task forces or committees to advocate for PSO on Federal grants and ensure PSO is considered/involved in the initial conversations for all SPA community engagement related grants. Serve as the main point of contact and resource for all grants related matters, including grant writing support for units as needed. Identify and provide grants training courses on regular basis.
  • (10%) Remain informed and provide guidance on relevant policies of major federal and non-federal sponsors and complex pre- and post-award tasks.


  • Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field.
  • Five to eight years of direct experience in the area of research administration (proposal submission non-financial pre-post-award management); or any equivalent combination of training and experience.



The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.


Please note that applicants MUST submit their materials through the UGA human resources portal ( for consideration. Job posting number is S06095P.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (