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Proposal Development Specialist - Office of Research Administration

Posted on Nov 11, 2018 by University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, MA 01850
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

General Summary of Position:

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides assistance to faculty and research staff in all aspects of applying for, accepting, and managing external research funding. The Proposal Development Specialist position assists researchers with the development, review, and submission of proposals for research funding in accordance with sponsor and university guidelines. This position and office works closely with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovations offices, as well as other administrative units across the campus and throughout the University system to provide efficient and effective research administration support services to the UMass Lowell research community.

Essential Job Duties:

1. Proposal preparation and submission:

  • Prepare and review required sponsor forms and other proposal elements to ensure a complete, compliant, and cohesive package
  • Submit Principal Investigators (PIs) grants to various sponsors within the federal, state and municipal governments as well as to private industry and foundations
  • Research and document new and emerging technologies required for the electronic submission of proposals

2. Guideline review and interpretation:

  • Research and document evolving guidelines and information for the successful submission of proposals
  • Review and interpret all guidelines informing the PIs regarding what is required for submission

3. Data Entry:

  • Maintain internal databases (PeopleSoft, logs, etc.) to ensure accurate reporting of funded research activity

4. Sponsor Database Maintenance:

  • Enter data into sponsor database for billing
  • Send requests to Office of Institutional Compliance to have sponsors vetted to determine eligibility
  • Initiate paperwork for addition of sponsors to system database

5. Promote the Universitys commitment to customer service by:

    • Build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed
    • Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information
    • Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles

6. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelors degree and three to five (3-5) years of directly related experience preparing and submitting proposals to federal and nonfederal sponsors for research funding
    **Will consider applicants with a high school diploma or GED/equivalent and seven to ten (7-10) years directly related experience

Additional Considerations:

  • Given the nature and responsibilities of the position, only U.S. persons (any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C.1324b(a)(3)) will be considered for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Higher education experience preferred
  • Strong ability to multi-task and handle stress of continuous deadlines
  • Ability to interpret complex guidelines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel both within and outside of the University

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.

Reference: 559142445