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Research Development Specialist

Apply now Job no: 505458
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San José
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research


Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Research Development, the Research Development Specialist will help build and enhance the extramural funding of SJSU research and training programs. The Specialist helps position SJSU for emerging funding opportunities, and works as part of a team to provide consistent support for SJSU researchers in various activities, including: opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, and other support needs related to complex large-scale opportunities. The specialist serves as a liaison to the designated SJSU academic areas for large/complex research grants programs and proposals. The specialist provides oversight and coordination of research development programs, including program development, planning and evaluation, peer review of proposals and applicant relations, and synthesis and dissemination of research findings. The Specialist’s designated research areas are the College of Science and the College of Education.

This position would be of interest to someone who wishes to work in a not-for-profit, research & innovation organization and be involved in a complex, dynamic and diverse environment. This position may work a hybrid telecommuting work schedule, dependent on department need. This agreement will be reviewed annually and must be approved by University Personnel. For additional information on the telecommuting policy, please click here.     


Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate successful proposal development and help increase award rate
  • Assist faculty to find strategic funding opportunities
  • Provide complete pre-award consultations including hands-on proposal development for competitiveness, proposal review and editing, coaching/mentoring, and other support needs related to complex large-scale opportunities
  • Coordinate pre-submission peer reviews of proposal drafts
  • Develop and review budgets and budget justifications
  • Support the development of letters of support, biosketches, COI, and compliance plans
  • Liaise with funding agencies during proposal development process
  • Help increase level of funding for student (undergraduate and graduate) research
  • Support the inception and growth of doctoral programs with targeted proposals
  • Develop strategic relationships with granting agencies and foundations
  • Bring grant officers, program managers, and other agency representatives to campus or taking and introducing faculty to them
  • Communicate grant proposal opportunities to campus
  • Enhance Collaboration and Build Multi-Disciplinary Research Teams
  • Lead and support large interdisciplinary initiatives & grant opportunities
  • Coordinate multi-disciplinary interest groups
  • Build & foster research connections & teams
  • Facilitate collaborations with investigators in other Colleges and at other institutions
  • Collaborate with faculty in the College (and in other Colleges and institutions, depending on the scope and context of extramural funding opportunities) to identify strategic extramural funding opportunities
  • Support new research area development and strategic planning
  • Recognize research development metrics and achieve goals set by the Director
  • Facilitate sponsor site visits
  • Proposal editing and writing


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent skills in grant and technical writing, including structuring of large documents
  • Skilled in writing and editing competitive research proposals for government agencies
  • Skilled in cultivating relationships with program officers at federal agencies as a liaison to support faculty and gain perspective on funding trends
  • Ability to analyze, present, and critique information in different ways for different end-users
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytic skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams
  • Skilled in program planning and management of projects
  • Excellent skills in data analytics, visualization, and in document production
  • Strong ability to be well organized with the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of external funding processes, including funding agency guidelines and objectives, grant proposal creation and submission
  • Ability to write reports, guidelines and procedures, using extensive software tools
  • Ability to establish rapport with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to perform accurately in a detail-oriented environment


Required Qualifications

  • B.S./B.A. plus five years of experience in research development or M.S. plus two-years of experience research development
  • Writing, editing, and managing complex proposals
  • Excellent written communication skills in writing documents


Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Science, Education, or in a related field
  • Prior research development experience at a public or non-profit academic institution
  • Writing, editing and managing complex proposals for other principal investigators in variable subjects
  • Track record with or at federal funding agency



Classification: Administrator II
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: September 30, 2021 through October 26, 2021. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


Contact Information

University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021