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Stony Brook University
  • Position Number: 4414284
  • Location: Remote
  • Position Type: Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts

Proposal Development Specialist

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by a cover letter and resume):
Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher) and four (4) years of full-time experience developing proposals, preparing/submitting grant applications or managing awards from federal, state, local government, or private agencies/sponsors OR Advanced degree (foreign equivalent or higher) and two (2) years of full-time experience developing proposals, preparing/submitting grant applications or managing awards from federal, state, local government, or private agencies/sponsors. Highly proficient, professional experience in spreadsheet management, e-mail, internet research, and word processing applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Apps). Demonstrated ability to work autonomously often under pressure and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in biomedical/health sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences, social science, engineering or another related discipline. Pre-award proposal experience. Experience conducting research and/or data mining. Experience developing and/or submitting proposals to federal sponsors such as NSF, NIH, DOD, and DOE. Experience writing, editing and/or producing written content for publications or grant applications. Experience working in a higher education setting or academic medical setting. Experience editing and performing quality assurance review of documents. Budget development or management experience on a grant. Experience in leading or managing teams (e.g. supervision or mentoring of staff).

Brief Description of Duties:
As a service unit to Stony Brook researchers, the Office of Proposal Development (OPD) seeks incumbents that have excellent customer service skills with experience effectively multi-tasking in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with a high degree of accuracy and organization. OPD is one of six units within the Office of the Vice President for Research whose mission is to support Stony Brook's research and scholarly community in their pursuit of extramural funding. OPD works on proposal development from inception to completion; before the proposals' final review and submission by OSP. OPD's primary focus is on large-scale and/or interdisciplinary proposals involving multiple departments including Stony Brook Medicine and external collaborators. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the proposal development process including identifying funding opportunities and assisting with all aspects of the proposal development process prior to submission to the sponsor by OSP.

The successful incumbent will be highly self motivated with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving. The Proposal Development Specialist will have the ability to work autonomously often under pressure and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. A general description of the duties and responsibilities of Proposal Development Specialist is below:

Provide proposal development support throughout the funding request process, including but not limited to:

Decipher and extract key proposal requirements from the funding opportunity. Develop a timeline of milestones to facilitate proposal planning, development, and adherence to the application guidelines. Initiate and maintain regular communications and meetings, create and manage a virtual shared workspace for the proposal development team to ensure timely progress towards successful proposal submission

Serve as the administrative lead and manage the development of all components of a grant application. This includes developing and maintaining a checklist, tracking action items and deliverables, and managing all proposal documents according to sponsor and University requirements including budgets/justifications, biosketches, subcontract documents, letters of support, training grant data tables, or other required materials.

Coordinate with multiple SBU departments and external organizations to facilitate University-wide and other large-scale collaboration and/or interdisciplinary proposals.

Assist faculty with writing, editing and reviewing non-technical portions of the proposal. Provide critiques of proposal documents in terms of clarity, editing, format and consistency with agency requirements.

Work with investigators to submit completed proposals to the Office of Sponsored Programs for final review, approval and submission to external sponsors.

Produce resources to advance research at Stony Brook, including templates, project management documents and other web-based/public relations resources.

Develop and offer resources and avenues to promote new collaboration and research interests within and beyond the campus and SUNY.

Provide training on internal processes as well as grant writing or related professional development opportunities.

Gather, track and analyze related metrics and prepare reports, spreadsheets, graphics and other correspondences.

Support early career investigators in establishing and managing research funding. Provide training on internal processes as well as grant writing or related professional development opportunities.

Provide a broad range of administrative support for day-to-day operations:

Supervise or mentor other proposal staff

Host and arrange events and other on-campus or off-campus events, travel to conferences.

Perform informational searches, gather/enter data and research materials.

Continually improve, practice and document SOPs and maintain internal databases for office operations

Bring innovative new ideas to grow support for research activities

Other duties as assigned.

Special Notes:

The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Due to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, the candidate hired will need to be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or other "protected individual" (as defined by 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1324b(a)(3).

This position is eligible for alternative workplace arrangements/telework (remote or virtual) or hybrid.

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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