The Stanford Biosciences Grant
Writing Academy (https://grantwriting.stanford.edu
supports postdocs and graduate students writing grants. Our
programing empowers trainees to elicit and provide effective
feedback, trains in effective writing and editing, and provides
coaching to improve scientific writings. Most recently, we
demonstrated our core programing, an 8-week Proposal Bootcamp,
almost doubled proposals’ success rates for our trainees vs
non-participants and improved our trainees’ grantsmanship
self-efficacy (PLoS One, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0243973
Annually, the Grant Writing Academy offers full-day seminars (300+
trainees), skill-focused seminars (e.g., Specific Aims; Scientific
Storytelling, etc.), multi-week courses (e.g., 8-week Proposal
Bootcamp), and individual guidance (e.g., Faculty Review Workshops;
The Grant Writing Academy is seeking
an Assistant Director to partner and lead Grant Writing Academy
efforts, especially for JEDI (Justice – Equity – Diversity –
Inclusion) initiatives. The Assistant Director will work under the
general direction of the Director of the Grant Writing Academy and
collaborate across Stanford including with Schools of Medicine,
Humanities & Sciences, and Engineering; School of Medicine’s
Office of Graduate Education, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs,
* - Other duties may also be
- Deliver and develop Grant Writing Academy curricula, including
multi-week bootcamps, Grant Coach training, and other workshops
that support and grow the diversity of grant writers at
- Generate and revise content and resources to guide grant
writers, such as new resources for applicants to the NIH NRSA F31
Diversity, NIH Diversity Supplements, NIH K Awards, HHMI Hanna Gray
Fellow Program, and other diversity focused funding opportunities
- Measure and quantify impact of training activities in terms of
grantsmanship self-efficacy, career progression, etc.
- Develop and manage programs to improve engagement of faculty
mentors in trainees’ research and writing grants
- Recommend, design, and manage new policies to streamline
research development and research administration processes for
fellowships and career development awards
- Source, collect, analyze data to track proposal success rates
such as tracking proposals submitted and funded annually to
external funding agencies by School of Medicine postdocs and
Biosciences Program graduate students
- Write and edit complex content for proposals, research grants,
peer-reviewed publications and other program activities that
support grant writing efforts by trainees
- Develop and implement strategies to promote activities to
students and postdocs, including emails, flyers, Slack, Twitter,
- Analyze data, create reports, review trends, and make program
- Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program
communications, development, partnerships, and funding
- Lead grant writing and training best practices at a national
level in professional organizations (NORDP, AAMC GREAT, NPA,
- Coach and mentor staff assisting with proposal development
process and pedagogical training
- Manage logistic aspects related to 100+ person Bootcamps and
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Advanced degree in related field (e.g. PhD, JD, MD,
- Demonstrated expertise in writing grants fellowships and/or
career development awards
- Demonstrated expertise in developing evidence-based pedagogical
approaches that supports postdocs and graduate students in the
- Highly organized, analytical, proactive, and
- Communicates effectively (oral and written)
- Ability to establish and maintain effective
working-relationships with a variety of persons, especially
faculty, postdocs, graduate students, etc.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND
- Bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant
experience or combination of education, training, and relevant
experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For
jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget
and developing financial plans.
- Ability to develop program partnerships and funding
- Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting
fluency in area of specialization.
- Ability to oversee and direct staff.
- Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial
- For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be
required for some programs.
* - Consistent with its
obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable
accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires
accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her
- Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine
manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
- Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand,
lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
- Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull
objects that weigh >40 pounds.
- Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with
- On-campus mobility.
- May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
- May travel locally.
- Occasional overnight travel.
Stanford is an equal opportunity
employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or
any other characteristic protected by law.