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Research Grant Developer (Hybrid)

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 1, 2022
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Research Grant Developer (Hybrid)
The Opportunity

The Office of Research & Technology Transfer (RTT) at Colorado School of Mines is growing along with the University’s vibrant research activity. We seek a Research Grant Developer to join our team at this exciting time of growth and opportunity. The incumbent will support grant development efforts of faculty and researchers from across the University, with an emphasis on helping teams develop collaborative, multi-disciplinary, complex, or strategic proposals.

The Research Grant Developer will provide strategic research development support to strengthen grant proposals, connect collaborators, empower faculty, and ultimately increase the volume of research funding for the University. The Developer will advise faculty on grant applications and edit narrative components of grant proposals to ensure compliance with sponsor guidelines and to improve content, clarity, organization, and visual appeal. In some instances, they will provide high-level project management support to teams, removing administrative burden from the PI’s shoulders. In addition, the Developer will assist with trainings to help faculty find funding opportunities and improve their grant writing skills and provide back-up support for RTT’s limited submissions and seed funding programs. This position is eligible for a hybrid remote and in-person schedule.


Proposal Development (70%)
  • Analyze funding solicitations and past awards to advise Principal Investigators (PIs) on sponsor expectations and help guide responsive proposal development. Interpret sponsor guidelines and seek clarification from sponsor when needed
  • Initiate collaborations between faculty and researchers on campus that might want to partner on certain initiatives and advise members on proposal strategy, including go/no-go decisions
  • Create and share proposal template documentation to PI and teams relative to sponsor proposal guidelines
  • Recurrently review and edit draft proposals to ensure alignment with the solicitation and make improvements to language, clarity, length, and unified voice and appearance as the content is available from the team
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with faculty, staff, and other key campus stakeholders to stay informed of current research activities and the work of related units (e.g. Office of Research Administration, Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Access)
  • In consultation with the PI, provide project management to large, complex proposal development efforts, including but not limited to: organizing proposal team meetings, creating and managing virtual shared workspaces, developing and adhering to proposal development schedules, and monitoring proposal development progress
Research Funding Identification and Analysis (15%)
  • Help faculty identify funding sources relevant to their research
  • Maintain familiarity with federal and non-federal funding opportunities and trends
Other Research Development Duties (15%)
  • Contribute to workshops and trainings to enable faculty members’ grant writing and research funding success
  • Support RTT internal seed funding and limited submission processes
  • Contribute to implementation of RTT’s action plan in support of institutional goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience in developing or writing proposals to federal, state, or private funding agencies. Experience must include demonstrated expertise in proposal development.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and editing skills with strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to juggle competing responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to track deliverables for a large project
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to create successful working relationships with a variety of team members and stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional experience in a scientific environment, such as a university or national laboratory
  • Experience coordinating development of multimillion dollar proposals
  • APMP, PMP, or other relevant certification
  • Knowledge of federal research funding agencies
  • In-depth understanding of proposal preparation and submission processes
  • Knowledge of best practices in proposal management and/or project management
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a service-oriented way and build effective working relationships with a variety of personalities
  • Fluency in relevant technology/platforms (e.g., Word, Excel, Zoom, funding opportunity databases, Google docs) and openness to learning new tools (e.g., Overleaf, Slack) to best serve faculty
  • Ability to problem solve and independently make decisions in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to understand engineering and/or scientific research programs, gained through experience and/or training
About Mines & Golden, CO

Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.
Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

$68,400 - $76,400

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards
Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes fully paid medical premiums for employee plus family, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. For more information, visit Mines benefits .
How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be collected until later in the selection process.

For questions about this opportunity, contact Kathleen Feighny in Human Resources at
Background Investigation Required

Advertised: Nov 28, 2022 Mountain Standard Time
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