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Grant Director

College of Prof. Studies Office

MSU Denver is seeking a college grant director to lead grant activities for the College of Health and Human Sciences. The director will develop, plan, direct, and supervise grant projects for the college and its departments and the Health Institute under the direction of the College Dean. This position is responsible for writing major grant applications, pre-award coordination of grant applications for the college, post-award budget development and support for faculty/staff in charge of grant-funded projects, search and notification of opportunities for external sources of funding including grants and foundations, grant-writing training, grant template development, and general oversight of grant development and oversight for the college.

The Director serves as a liaison with community members, elected officials, funding source program and contract officers, resource developers nationally, and community organizations. The Director provides leadership in the research and identification of college priorities and search requests.

MSU Denver enrolls 17,000 students, where over 60% are first generation, and over 50% are students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located on a vibrant tri-institutional campus in the heart of downtown Denver and near to the Rocky Mountains. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. We are particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.


35% - Provides supervision of grants office staff in coordination of the following: researches and identifies public and private grant funding sources that are compatible with the purposes and goals of the institution; develops and implements a system for the timely distribution of information on funding programs to appropriate faculty, staff, and administration; and develops an annual plan for submission of grant proposals. Supervises the development of proposals; researches grant topics to add depth to proposals; and prepares institutional background and capability statements, area information, and other narratives of a general nature for inclusion in grant proposals.

25% - Provides supervision of grants office staff in coordination of the following: develops a close working relationship with public and private program offices, congressional offices, and federal reviewing and/or approving agencies. Attends bidder’s conferences and other meetings related to proposal development and grant proposals with funding officials (in coordination with project director and appropriate college faculty, staff, and/or administrators). Maintains a central file of all proposals submitted by the College; collaborates with the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and the Sponsored Projects Accounting and Compliance Office to initiate required federal/state/internal paperwork; develops and/or reviews proposal budgets. Prepares correspondence accepting grants and confers with project directors in preparing correspondence amending grants. Monitors and prepares institutional responses as requested to federal and state legislation and regulations which impact educational funding. Confers with other institutions, agencies, or organizations in cooperative and/or consortia agreements related to grants. Conducts proposal development workshops for faculty, staff and other agencies as requested. Develops periodic reports on grant activity at the College for presentation to the Local Advisory Board, college administration, and/or appropriate agencies/individuals; and publicizes grants information through print and electronic media. Maintains a resource development library that contains information on funding sources, research data, planning documents, etc. Maintain grants data base to track grant submission and results.

30% - Provides supervision of grants office staff in coordination of the following: develops and implements an effective grants management system to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations including internal dissemination of signed contracts, coordination of budget revisions, etc. Monitors regulations of funding agencies to ensure that all procedures required are in place. Administers the grants management process including internal coordination between project coordinators/directors and university financial partners; and communicates with appropriate federal/state/private funding agencies and personnel. Develop procedures and a handbook for grants management for the college.

10% - Develops in partnership with Dean’s office, relevant, specific and measurable objectives and action plans for the work unit in accordance with the Dean’s strategic goals. Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across department to achieve strategic goals. Serve on various standing committees as assigned by the Dean. And, performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Five (5) years of recent grant development and monitoring experience in an educational setting OR five (5) years of recent grant development and monitoring experience combined in both educational and non-profit settings
  • Demonstrated grant acquisition and management as a PI in excess of $1 million
Successful applicants will clearly articulate how each required qualification is met within their resume or cover letter.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree
  • Grant writing and management experience in a higher educational setting and/or grant writing and management experience in non-profit organizations

Work Hours/Type

This is a hybrid position designed to support flexibility with both in-office work, as well as some remote schedules subject to supervisor approval and department needs.

Salary for Announcement

The full salary range for this position is $81,000 - $135,000. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, training, and qualifications. This position is a partially grant funded position and continued employment for this position is contingent on continued grant funding.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.

Instructions to Apply

This position is open until filled. Please apply through MSU Denver Careers , and search for JR101577. Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday profile by selecting the Career tab within the Menu and searching 'Find Jobs'.

For full consideration, please include the following documents:

1. Resume

2. Cover letter describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position

3. Names and contact information for three professional references (at least one reference provided must be a supervisor, either current or former).

Upload all materials into the resume submission field; multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeTanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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