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Grants Development Specialist

Company: East-West Center
Date Posted: February 16, 2018


The East-West Center is accepting applications for a two-year limited position as a Grants Development Specialist. The Grants Development Specialist assists program directors and other staff with the development of contracts and grant proposals; advises on opportunities and strategies for obtaining outside funds; works with Center program staff to structure and propose new activities for funding; and prepares background materials as needed for meetings with foundations, government agencies and other donors. Major duties include: providing advice, liaison and coordination in identifying opportunities for new program initiatives and potential sources of outside funds; developing short-form letters of interest and full proposals; assisting with reviews of current and proposed extramurally-funded activities through the Center; supporting development of future research activities and communicating the status of contract and grant efforts; coordinating with and providing technical assistance to principal investigators in identifying and contacting funding agencies and potential sources of outside funds including review of solicitation requirements, close editing of drafts, filling in details, etc.; providing assistance  in reviewing and editing proposals for accuracy of programmatic, administrative, personnel, financial, budgetary, and contractual components; writing portions of proposals; developing monitoring and evaluation plans; serving as Institutional Review Board administrator; facilitating training on funding opportunities and skills in proposal development; preparing documentation, boilerplate language, and other proposal materials to assist in proposal preparation; and communicating with other staff to identify potential sources of program funding, to establish a database of funding agencies and to avoid overlapping of fundraising efforts. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s degree plus four years of professional grant writing and proposal development experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience, pertinent to the following: Developing and writing programmatic proposals to U.S. government agencies, foundations, foreign and private funding sources, including development of essential proposal components which may include executive summaries, abstracts, project implementation plans, qualification statements, supporting graphics, timelines, key job descriptions, budgets/budget narratives, monitoring and evaluation plans, and transmittal letters; identifying, defining and resolving issues that may emerge during the proposal development phase in accordance with federal, other government, funding agency, and institutional policies and procedures; a successful track record of funded proposals; demonstrated ability to match appropriate funding sources with institutional programs; working knowledge of federal grant application and reporting guidelines and requirements, as well as current practices, including electronic submission of grant proposals; excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills; strong expository and persuasive writing skills, a high level command of grammar and spelling, demonstrated ability to write and edit with consistent accuracy and compelling messages, demonstrated ability to match writing style with audience; ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data; highly organized with ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects; ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines; ability to adapt to changes and exercise initiative and good judgment in dealing with a variety of situations.  Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel or equivalent programs; experience working both independently and collaboratively in the planning and coordination of activities and interpreting and applying policies and administrative procedures; ability to work collaboratively with a range of staff across various departments/disciplines, including people of diverse cultural, professional, and social backgrounds. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in a non-profit setting.  Work experience in international programs.  Experience with federal agencies such as National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State. An advanced degree in a relevant field and experience as a Principal Investigator or Lead Program Manager on an externally funded project. General knowledge of research project design and implementation. 

SALARY:  $62,841 per year, plus a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 10.99% (subject to change) and an attractive benefits package. 

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit an electronic application at Application information should include a cover letter with position title and a statement addressing how the qualifications are met, a resume, and names and contact information of three professional references.  Screening and assessment will be based on the materials submitted.  Review of applications will begin March 12, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled