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ATSU - Proposal Development Specialist

A.T. Still University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) invites applications for a Proposal Development Specialist. This position can be located remotely or on either campus in Kirksville, Missouri or Mesa, Arizona. This professional's duties are predominantly intellectual and require advanced knowledge and must exercise discretion and judgment in the highly specialized field of pre-award grantsmanship, including advanced funding analyses, programmatic conceptualization, competitive original grant writing/editing, and advanced grant budget development skills. Sponsored Programs (SP) consists of a fast-paced, service-oriented team responsive to the dynamic needs of the University.

The proposal development specialist is a key SP pre-award team member, collaborating to provide grantsmanship expertise and grant-writing leadership to faculty, administration, and staff. They must excel at pre-award funding searches/analyses as well as leading/facilitating competitive extramural grant applications to federal, state, and/or foundation sources that align with ATSU's mission and strategic directions. The proposal development specialist also assists with post-award progress reporting/compliance and other specialized SP duties, as assigned.

1) Research, analyze, and recommend SP funding opportunities based on institutional priorities; 2) Identify/link ATSU programs to optimal external funding and serve as liaison between the University and funding agencies; 3) Develop grant-related ideas/priority areas, forecast project needs, and write/prepare nationally competitive SP applications; 4) Meet with and mentor deans, administrators, faculty, and stakeholders to develop funding strategies and secure grant funding; 5) Handle/problem-solve incoming requests for SP assistance from ATSU faculty, staff, and students; 6) Edit/write grant-related progress reports, special reports, and sub-award/ contractual agreements; 7) Survey and keep abreast of professional literature relevant to ATSU priority areas/strategic directions, and 8) Problem-solve/accomplish special projects assigned to Team SP.

1) Prepare analyses of potential funding opportunities; 2) Generate successful SP grant/contract applications, MOUs/MOAs, subawards, budgets, and reports; 3) Research grant-related topics/demographics and cite relevant literature/evidence; 4) Assist in daily SP operation; 5) Nurture, mentor, and train doctoral-level faculty and professional staff on grant issues and skill building; 6) Prioritize and issue grant-writing assignments and supervise team projects/proposals; 7) Develop grant proposal budgets and narrative justifications; 8) Perform grants management duties (e.g., fiscal/programmatic oversight and project reporting); and 9) Manage/accomplish special projects as assigned.


Applicants with proven writing skills and knowledge/experience in collaborative, team environments are preferred.

Experience with: 1) grant/technical/creative writing, program development, proofreading, editing, and/or scientific writing; 2) evaluating public/private funding sources; 3) working in a highly productive, fast-paced, and sometimes stressful environment, 4) working with multiple people and projects simultaneously; 5) working autonomously and in a team environment; and 6) managing multiple deadlines and priorities.

A bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education/training and proven writing ability are required.

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