Reporting to the Director of Research Development, the Research Development Specialist helps 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, grant application and award management, and synthesis and dissemination of research findings. The specialist’s designated research areas are in the College of Social Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences, and College of Humanities and the Arts.
- 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, 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
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Excellent customer service and public relation skills
- 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
- Strong 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 and visualization
- Excellent skills 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
- B.S./B.A. plus five years of experience in research development or clearly translatable skills or M.S. plus two-years of experience in research development or clearly translatable skills
- Writing, editing, and managing complex proposals
- Excellent written communication skills in writing documents
- PhD in Social Sciences, Health & Human Sciences, Humanities and the Arts or in a related field
- Prior research development experience at a public or non-profit academic institution
- Experience coordinating and managing complex proposal submissions
- Track record with or at federal funding agency
Classification: Administrator II
Anticipated Salary Range: $6,667/month - $8,334/month
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.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents that are required in order for the application to be considered complete and to be reviewed:
- Letter of Interest
- Application Questions:
- (1) Please briefly discuss any background you have in research or working within an academic culture.
- (2) Please describe why you are qualified to work with San Jose State University faculty, in the College of Health and Human Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, and the College of Social Sciences, to help them gain extramural funding.
- (3) Please discuss your experience submitting proposals to or working with funding agencies relevant to the three colleges this position will support.
- Writing Sample:
- Required: Please provide a writing sample that shows your own writing of a document relevant to this job. A proposal requesting funding is the preferred document - an entire proposal or a section written by you. A report or a publication will be accepted. If you did not write the entire document, please be sure to clearly indicate the part over which you are the author.
All applicants must apply within the specified application period: May 9, 2022 through May 30, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.
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