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Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs and Research

Gannon University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 24, 2023

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Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs and Research

Position Summary:
Gannon University, a vibrant Catholic institution committed to excellence through inclusiveness, invites applications for a Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs and Research. This position is responsible for maintaining and growing the infrastructure and building capacity to secure external funding that supports strategic priorities for the University. The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research is a cradle-to-grave operation that includes engaging internal and external stakeholders, team development, opportunity identification, analysis and dissemination, grant writing (including a wide range of federal, state, and local government agencies), and post-award compliance and reporting.

Essential Functions:

1. Plan and implement strategies to generate financial support by identifying, researching, cultivating, and soliciting private/corporate foundations and federal and state funding sources.

2. Lead the application process including establishing timelines, identifying PIs, and coordinating submission materials.

3. Work with faculty in developing grant applications for institutional strategic priorities and to support scholarly activity.

4. Demonstrate strong knowledge and familiarity with NSF, USED, PDE, and DEP.

5. Proactively research grant opportunities and reach out to faculty and campus partners and support submitting of applications.

6. Collect information, draft and/or edit all major proposals submitted by the College.

7. Monitor the progress of approved applications and provide communication to funding sources in the form of quarterly, annual, and final reports.

8. Work collaboratively with the finance office to create and manage grant budgets.

9. Write and manage institutional grants such as EDA, ARC, and RACP.

10. Manage the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and NAP/NPP program.

11. Perform additional responsibilities as designated by the Vice President for Advancement.

We offer flexible work hours and a generous benefits package for full-time employees.
  • Retirement Plan (403b) with 7.5% company match after one year of service
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
  • Paid vacation time plus 18 paid holidays
  • Wellness programs
  • Tuition benefit for yourself and eligible dependents

Must be able to support and promote the University's Mission.

Required Qualifications:
Education: Master’s Degree

Experience: Minimum of five years of experience in proposal/grant writing; working with foundations, state/federal government, and/or corporations.

Skills: Must possess excellent oral and written communication. Clear communications to outline deadlines and action steps to internal stakeholders. Ability to engage and support faculty in grant applications and reporting process. Must possess exceptional writing skills, technical and non-technical, budget management, and research skills. Ability to aggressively pursue financial resources. Computer literacy, project management, and ability to work proactively to create a wide scope of grant prospects. Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and meet deadlines, organizational and project management skills, confidentiality, proactive in reaching out to faculty concerning grant opportunities, and working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

Preferred Qualifications:

Location: Erie, Pa
Employment Status: Full Time
Department: University Advancement
Division: University Advancement
Subdivision: UA VP's Office

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