Arizona State University
Under light supervision of the Executive Director of Research
Development, the Proposal Manager will be responsible for
supporting ASU faculty, leadership, and other researchers by
reading, analyzing, and parsing (e.g., compliance matrix creation)
requests for proposals (RFP), requests for information (RFI), broad
agency announcements (BAA), funding opportunity announcements (FOA)
or similar documents from federal and philanthropic organizations;
creating templates and other documents for compliant proposals and
applications; setting and articulating clear expectations of
proposal objectives for proposal teams; defining and assigning team
member responsibilities; facilitating proposal team communications;
and ensuring all deadlines, compliance requirements and quality
control standards are met.
$55,250 - $70,000 per year; DOE
- Actively participates in regular internal and external business
development meetings in order to create and adhere to a central
proposal calendar, with an associated proposal production
- Works closely with faculty and staff to understand the sponsor
organizations’ funding priorities and ASU’s assets to develop
strategic messaging and consistent technical documents that align
with budget requirements for submission to sponsor.
- Works within a university-wide network of faculty, project
managers, and research administrators to extract requirements for
the submission into a checklist (e.g., compliance matrix) using
sponsor guidelines (i.e., solicitation and/or proposal guides);
assign roles and responsibilities to team members; coordinate due
dates using a team calendar; and prioritize documents using
knowledge of the sponsor agencies’ implicit and explicit
- Responsible for all team management within the proposal
development period from initial kick off to final submission,
including determining the appropriate proposal milestones and
associated due dates to achieve all internal and external
requirements; attaching tasks to each milestone and assigning an
owner; inclusion of go/no-go, external and internal reviews, and
quality control; establishing production process and version
controls; coordination and prioritization of inputs, reviewing
comments, and developing strategy into comprehensive text
revisions; and querying subject matter experts for content.
- Able to quickly and deftly identify, secure, and gain
proficiency in programs and platforms that facilitate proposal
production (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud (includes InDesign, Acrobat
DC (formerly called Pro), Illustrator, Photoshop, Light Room);
Microsoft Office Suite, particularly, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
Endnote, Zotero; Zoom, Skype, and Teams; and email tools within
- Provides competent writing and editing services for proposals,
concept notes, procedure documentation and progress reports to
ensure accuracy and quality of products (e.g., edits contents of
technical proposal, writes executive summaries, past performance
and corporate capability documents, and other documents as
- Work within Research Development to adhere and promote best
practices for proposal management, including presenting,
facilitating workshops, developing templates, boilerplate, and
libraries to support submissions and teams.
Bachelor's degree in a science-related field, business or
related field and 5 years experience in research, information
analysis or program evaluation 2 of which is in proposal
production; OR any equivalent combination of education and/or
experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities
have been achieved.
- Evidence of a master’s degree
- Evidence of successful contributions to proposal teams and
other large, collaborative proposals to the federal government;
knowledge of the federal procurement process, policies, and
procedures; and standards for business development
- Evidence of effective communication skills
- Experience in designing resource tools, materials and
presentations (e.g., graphic presentation of data)
- Experience in working within and leading a team
- Experience in problem solving and conflict resolution
- Experience in managing multiple, diverse, complex
- Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working
- Evidence of the Foundation level certification from the
Association of Proposal Management Professionals
- Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate
controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting,
- Activities include presentations to varied audiences in person
and via video.
- Visual acuity and manual dexterity associated with daily use of
desktop computer; bending, stooping, reaching and lifting up to 20
- Ability to travel (e.g., walk, ride, or use available
transportation) outside for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Mission: Research development works with
ASU research faculty, staff and leaders to improve funding success
and grow the research enterprise.
Values: Our office values the individual
merits and experience of every person across the network of
research at ASU regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, language or
belief system, and their inherent ability, as well as our own
ability, to learn how to improve the scale, fidelity, accuracy and
quality of our work.
Goals: We accomplish our mission through
empowering and emboldening ASU faculty, staff and students to
increase their competitive edge in support of the expanding quality
and quantity of the research enterprise.
Research development is comprised of five different functional
groups: strategic intelligence, proposal management, limited
submissions, events and graphics.
- Our strategic intelligence function provides
actionable insights and future-looking intelligence to inform
leadership decisions and proposal strategy.
- Our proposal management function connects early and
often with teams to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of
the proposal development period using industry best practices for
large-scale and strategic proposals. It also leverages the power of
graphics for communicating key themes.
- Our limited submissions function serves as a
transparent, robust system for selecting the most competitive
proposals for selected opportunities while providing actionable
feedback for all submissions.
- Our events function brings small and large groups
together to discuss current opportunities and to plan for future
ones to create a community of practice dedicated to improving
teaming, proposals and award performance within and across ASU’s
- Our graphics function measures input for work in
order to improve process and impact through effective use of
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Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date
Please include all employment information in month/year format
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Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and
experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this
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unless otherwise indicated.
Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.
IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of
“equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means
one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one
year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is
equal to four years of experience.
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