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Grants Officer / Senior Grants Officer

Goodwin University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
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Goodwin University is seeking candidates for either a Grants Officer or Senior Grants Officer position (based on background/experience).

Grants Officers perform all necessary functions related to the submission of grant applications and the management of grants received by the University. This position is responsible for developing, writing, and submitting federal, state, foundation and corporate grant applications. This position assists and supports the Director of Grants in planning and implementing the strategic direction of the Grants Department. This position will be located in Bridgeport, CT.

The Senior Grants Officer works independently, as a project team lead, and as a team member depending on the scope and focus of the grant. The person is responsible for researching, identifying and matching grants and other funding sources with university needs, writing and submitting grant applications and proposals, and complying with grant requirements, including record keeping and reporting.

The Senior Grants Officer acquires and maintains sound knowledge and understanding of the university to better understand all projects and programs for which grants will be sought; and communicates this information in ways that will attract, retain and motivate funders. Grant support may include, but not be limited to, the following: operating support, capital needs, and proposed and existing college programs.

The Grants Officer performs similar functions under the supervision and guidance of the Grants Director or Senior Grants Officer .

*Title is based on skills, background and experience*

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Research and secure information on funding opportunities to match Goodwin’s priorities, collaborate in defining and implementing project funding strategies;
  • Apply for federal, state, local, and private grants and other solicitations, awards or initiatives to support and advance Goodwin’s mission, submitting paper and online applications as required by the funder;
  • Work with project leads to maintain necessary project and financial documentation to ensure program continuity and fiscal integrity for grants;
  • Maintain accurate grant records using grants management software and other common tracking tools of the Grants Department;
  • Work with program leads to ensure timely submission of narrative and financial reporting to funders;
  • Establish relationships with potential funding sources and steward relationships with current grant funders;
  • Maintain positive, clear, and timely written and verbal communication with funders and internal and external partners;
  • Represent Goodwin at meetings and events, and act as a liaison between Goodwin and prospective and current grant funders;
  • Serve as a resource for Goodwin faculty and staff on grants - providing information, research, analysis, and recommendations as needed;
  • Support other Grants team members with information gathering, proposal development and review;
  • Conduct all work in a safe manner and follow all work safety practices.
Other Functions :
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
  • Continues professional development and training; keeps current with trends.
  • Assists other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to work well with staff of varying professional disciplines, personality types, cultural backgrounds, and work styles;
  • Skilled at planning and project management;
  • Ability to work under deadline and under stressful, dynamically evolving conditions;
  • Able to analyze information, including data, and synthesize into readable and persuasive proposals;
  • Proficiency in budget development as it relates to proposals and grants;
  • Experience designing and developing programs with internal and external partners;
  • Professional and resourceful, with the ability to work independently and contribute in a team environment;
  • Ability to take initiative and effectively manage multiple projects, tasks, and deadlines simultaneously;
  • Ability to manage a project working cross-departmentally with multiple team member input;
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills;
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and database programs; proficient in online grant research;
  • Understanding and knowledge of general development and fundraising activities, processes and protocols;
  • Experience using grant management or similar software.

Grants Officer Minimum Required Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience :
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A/B.S.) from a four-year college or university
  • Master’s Degree in related fields desirable.
  • Minimum of 2 years of grant-related or comparable experience.
Senior Grants Officer Minimum Required Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience :
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A/B.S.) from a four-year college or university
  • Master’s Degree in related fields desirable.
  • Minimum of 4 years of grant writing experience with a proven record of success raising money from government sources, foundations and corporations.
  • Demonstrated experience and success preparing proposals and securing grant funds from private and public sources.
Special Requirements :
  • Valid Driver’s License and insured vehicle
Physical and Mental Requirements :

Work Environment None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Outdoor Weather Conditions X Work with fumes or airborne particles X Work near moving mechanical parts X Risk of electrical shock X Vibration X

Physical Activity None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Standing X Walking X Sitting X Talking & Hearing X Using hands/fingers to handle/feel X Climbing or balancing X Bending, pulling, pushing X Driving X

Lifting Requirements None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Up to 10 pounds X Up to 25 pounds X Up to 50 pounds X Up to 75 pounds X Up to 100 pounds X Over 100 pounds X

Vision Requirements:

X Close vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 inches or less)

X Distance vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 feet or more)

X Color vision (i.e. ability to identify and distinguish colors)

X Peripheral vision (i.e. ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or

left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

X Depth perception (i.e. three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and

spatial relationships)

___ No special vision requirements

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

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