Washington and Lee University seeks an Assistant/Associate Director
of Grants and Sponsored Research as part of the Corporate and
Foundation Relations team in the Office of University Development.
The Assistant/Associate Director of Grants and Sponsored Research
will enhance college revenue by securing governmental, foundation
and corporate grants and contracts, while helping build a robust
and supportive environment for the research and scholarly endeavors
of faculty and students. Key roles include identifying funding
opportunities, proposal writing and editing, and facilitating
pre-award and post-award operations. Reporting to the Director of
Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Assistant/Associate
Director of Grants and Sponsored Research also will support optimal
stewardship of grantors, and diligent tracking and reporting of
solicitation and award metrics.
This position may be an assistant or associate level position.
Title and pay will be determined based on the skills and experience
of the individual hired.
The Office of University Development is committed to the
development of an inclusive environment and we strive to advance
diverse perspectives and approaches in carrying out the mission of
Washington and Lee University.
- Work collaboratively with faculty to secure funding for
research and to support the development of pre-proposals, letters
of inquiry, budgets and final proposals in accordance with sponsor
guidelines, and to ensure submissions are complete and deadlines
- Support proposal development by working with Academic Affairs,
General Counsel and other university partners to obtain approvals
for pre-proposals, final proposal and awards.
- Lead post-award administration, including assisting faculty
with budget management, expenditure reconciliation and reporting,
and communicating with the Business Office regarding project
amendments, problem resolution and closeout.
- In collaboration with the Director, identify funding sources
for institutional priorities and as requested, contribute to the
development and writing of proposals for corporate and foundation
- Maintain organized grant files to include tracking external
grant applications, report schedules and grant policies, and make
sure information is updated and maintained in Raiser’s Edge.
- Work collaboratively with the Director in the stewardship of
active projects and grantors including developing high quality
communications and reports for both grantors and internal
audiences; perform research to support briefings on specific
grantors as requested by the Director and/or leadership; and work
with Donor Relations to ensure timely reporting on endowments
established/supported through foundations and consistency between
CFR and Donor Relations reporting obligations.
- Work with the Director and colleagues in Academic Affairs to
provide timely and helpful resources on the grants website to
support faculty grantsmanship, including new funding opportunities
and information that supports knowledge of and compliance with
- Assist with developing how-to grant writing resources for
campus constituencies through group seminars and one-on-one
sessions, as well as the grants website.
- Support the Director in preparing summaries and analyses of
metrics that clearly indicate overall grants activity from
year-to-year, and aid in the equitable comparison of CFR
performance to that of other fundraising efforts within
- Additional related duties as assigned.
M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm. Occasional evening and
weekend work is required.
A bachelor’s degree is required; an
advanced degree or certification is preferred. The ideal candidate
will demonstrate: well-developed written and verbal communication
skills with solid attention to detail in editorial and proofreading
work; good interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining
effective working relationships with faculty, co-workers and
external constituencies; comfort and proficiency managing budgets;
word processing, data tracking and analysis, and spreadsheet
competency; initiative, creativity and talent for problem-solving;
the ability to work effectively under pressure to manage multiple
projects with different deadlines; and discretion in dealing with
confidential information. Prior experience in Sponsored Research
and Foundation Relations or related fundraising/grant-writing is
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for
and new employees must provide proof of at least their
first shot prior to the first day of employment. Boosters are
required. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption
to the vaccination requirement.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. Resume, cover letter and three professional
references are required. Please upload a cover letter and resume
during the application process. From your resume, the application
system will try to auto-fill your employment history and you may
adjust this in the application questionnaire. The online
application form requires you provide names and contact information
for three professional references.
External Applicants: Application instructions for external
applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday
account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu or here
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working,
primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and
- Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of
the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The worker is not substantially exposed
to adverse environmental conditions.
Types of Work:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of
force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently
or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects,
including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of
the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required
only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Pay commensurate with experience.