RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
PROPOSAL / GRANT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
The Office of Campus Research Development (OCRD) under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) provides an array of research development services to Campus faculty to help them prepare grants and succeed in being faculty researchers at Duke University. OCRD works closely with the Office of Research Support (ORS) under OVPR; research development liaisons of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and Campus Schools, and University Institutes and Centers and Initiatives (UICs); and the Office of Foundation Relations (for foundation grants) to help campus faculty with their research development endeavors.
The Research Development Associate will work with the OCRD Director to support proposal development and coordination of research development programmatic activities for Duke University.
For proposal development
- Through existing mechanisms as well as research and communications with possible sponsors, identify large, multidisciplinary funding opportunities from federal and non-federal sources that capitalize on existing strengths and expertise.
- Identify Duke faculty to lead and/or collaborate on multidisciplinary proposals and facilitate development of appropriate teams of faculty investigators to pursue these opportunities. Help curate lists of internal funding opportunities and external limited submission grants and other large, multidisciplinary funding opportunities for campus faculty.
- Work with Director to manage and coordinate the proposal process for all research development through OCRD. This will include helping to develop timelines and checklists to manage proposal development, conducting/coordinating meetings with research teams, developing boilerplates and templates that faculty can use to help with writing grants, and working with research development liaisons and grant administrators in the individual units to ensure successful integration of all parts and full compliance with all funding solicitation and sponsor requirements.
- Edit proposals and write or provide writing support for non-scientific/technical sections; provide comprehensive editorial review; advise investigators on proposal content and organization; assist with updates and maintenance of institutional resource template materials.
- Coordinate and convene mock reviews or "red teams" or mock study sections of grant proposals.
- Track the types of assistance OCRD provides to faculty and whether or not these services impact grants awarded.
- Oversee a tracking scheme to monitor the extent to which internal funding leads to external funding and other scholarly products.
- Track expenses related to proposal development.
For research development programmatic activities
- Coordinate with the Office of Faculty Mentoring and Recognition and with other research development liaisons on campus to provide research programming to campus faculty and their teams. Activities may include developing and editing content for research programming.
- Monitor and evaluate programs' effectiveness using qualitative and quantitative research techniques; investigate trends, and recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness.
- Work with OVPR staff to communicate budgets for all programming activities.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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Bachelor's degree in English, communications, business or a related field with demonstration of understanding of and familiarity with abroad range of science or technical subject matter is preferred. Advanced degree is highly desirable.
Three years of experience working in proposal development of extramural grants and contracts.
1) One year of experience in program administration or involving academic or instructional activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate a variety of programmatic activities and events; and
2) 2-3 years of experience working in proposal development of extramural grants and contracts; pre-award or grant management experience in sponsored programs is NOT what is needed.
- Excellent written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills and be able to effectively interact with individuals at all levels in the organization
- Attention to detail especially when it comes to written email correspondence and editing complex proposals
- Balance the needs of multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, often deadline-driven environment where priorities change in response to external needs and opportunities
- Work both independently and as part of a team
- Experience in program evaluation using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods/approaches; survey design and methodology highly desirable; able to write reports summarizing findings or any other impact data
- Experience in convening workshops, symposia, conferences, etc., in higher education
- Knowledge of and expertise in using Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to organize, analyze and interpret complex scientific, medical or technical data; proven ability to make complex information understandable to a broad range of audiences is desirable.
- Able to write clearly and concisely for proposal editing purposes.
- Knowledge of and expertise in creating figures and diagrams using desktop publishing-type of software.
- Knowledge of and expertise in developing and managing web content.
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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.