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Research and Grant Development Specialist/Grant Writer

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
$47,476.00 - $84,505.00
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts
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Research and Grant Development Specialist/Grant Writer


The University of Missouri (MU) invites applications for a Research and Grant Development Specialist/Grant Writer to support the Graduate School and our growing community of postdoctoral scholars. The MU Graduate School’s mission is to advocate for, support, and advance graduate and postdoctoral education. Within the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Education provides specialized programming and development for postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines across campus. The position will bring grant writing, grant management, and fellowship expertise to the Graduate School and our population of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. The position will report to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.


Position Description:


We seek a Research and Grant Development Specialist/Grant Writer to provide: 1) postdoctoral scholars and graduate students with grant writing training and programming; 2) individualized support to identify grants, fellowships, and early career award opportunities; 3) give grants advice, writing and editing support, and project management expertise; and 4) leadership in writing and managing the administration of grants for the Graduate School.  


Fully remote work is possible.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:


  1. Coordinate and lead grants and fellowship programming on topics such as finding funding, proposal writing, early career awards, and fellowships for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.
  2. Develop and lead cohort-based grant writing programs for the MU Research Excellence Program (REP) Postdoctoral Scholars and the Preparing Future Faculty – Faculty Diversity (PFFFD) Postdoctoral Scholars. Work with these scholars to provide group and individualized support as they apply for grants and early career awards.
  3. Provide support to faculty seeking to apply for training grants that will benefit graduate and postdoctoral education.
  4. Conduct program assessment for the professional development training activities led by this position to track effectiveness and outcomes.
  5. Identify, create, and maintain resources for external grants and fellowships, including templates and proposal support databases, and communicate these resources to the Graduate School and its constituents.
  6. Lead and manage the grant process through the proposal lifecycle – creating, editing, revising, submitting, and tracking application documents for Graduate School leadership.
  7. Track grant awards and create ongoing reports on awards, expenditures, and trends for the Graduate School.
  8. Collaborate with Graduate School leadership and staff to carry out strategic initiatives related to grants, fellowships, and research resources.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years of experience in grant writing and grant management
  • Ability to work independently
  • Outstanding communications skills
  • Outstanding grant writing skills
  • Expert knowledge of early career awards and federal granting agencies and their procedures
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and comfortability in learning new software and techniques


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree
  • 4 or more years of prior experience working in grant writing and grant management
  • Experience in proposal development at a research-intensive university
  • Fellowships expertise
  • Prior experience in leading professional development trainings
  • Public speaking experience

Application Materials:

Please apply online. A completed application includes:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter
  • Diversity statement
  • List of 3 references
  • Writing sample may be requested at the interview phase

Application Deadline:

Applications review will begin January 10, 2022.

Salary Range:

$47,476 - $84,505

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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