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Grants Specialist and Partnership Manager

Des Moines University
West Des Moines, Iowa
Start date
Nov 6, 2023

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At DMU you will make a meaningful contribution to the dynamic future of Medicine and Health Sciences. DMU is seeking a Grants Specialist and Partnership Manager. The position supports the Executive Director of Research in managing internal grant programs and partnerships. The incumbent manages the lifecycle of sponsored program administration, including identification of funding sources, grant, and contract proposal assistance, grant writing assistance, development and review, proposal submission, grant and contract negotiation, sub-award issuance, and post-award administration (both financial and non-financial) related to funding provided in the form of gifts, grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts from external funding sources (e.g., federal agencies, state agencies, private companies, or foundations) that provide support for research, teaching, and learning, and service mission of the University.

What you’ll do:

  • Write requested portions of grant proposals, contracts, subcontracts, and reports. These duties may include administrative and resource-sharing of core components, budget justifications, description of resources, and environment (in consultation with others in and outside the Office of Research).
  • Provide support to ensure applications are accurate and complete (including collecting and maintaining information such as bio-sketches, other support, etc.). Review and edit the final draft of applications, contracts, etc., to ensure completeness and compliance with sponsor guidelines. 
  • Keep appropriate administrative staff apprised of the status of submissions when proposals are funded to prepare for the post-award process, human resource needs, and financial aspects. Take the lead on working with investigators or staff of each research team and others as appropriate to ensure funds are appropriately expended and timely to eliminate funding loss.
  •  Assist the Executive Director of Research in developing, reviewing, revising, updating, and implementing University policies (time and effort, financial conflict of interest, etc.), plans, processes, and procedures related to pre-and post-award administration of grants.

What we’re looking for:

  • Bachelor's degree required, with advanced degree desirable. Three to five years as a grants administrator and related professional experience is required. One year of demonstrated experience writing and editing articles. Knowledge of the grant program's award criteria. Experience in successfully bringing new opportunities and partnerships.

*To see the full job description go to Position Description at the bottom of this posting.

Total Rewards:

Our employees are what make DMU special, so we treat them well!  Our Total Rewards reflect this commitment. Qualified faculty and staff enjoy 90% employer-paid medical, 10% retirement match, flexible work arrangements, community service time, tuition assistance, professional development funding, and access to wellness facilities with programs that promote a well-balanced lifestyle. Visit to learn more about our benefits. 


Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising three colleges– College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – offering ten graduate degree programs.

In 2023 Des Moines University (DMU) relocated to a new 88-acre campus in West Des Moines, Iowa. This state-of-the-art campus includes technology-rich, flexible education spaces that support innovative teaching methods and connect faculty and students across all of our programs.  Our new research facilities include a vibrant and spacious open laboratory, designed to foster collaboration and innovation.

Required Documents:

Resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references required at time of online submission. Apply at

Department: Office of Research

Status:  Exempt

Work Schedule:  Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”). Applications from candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


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