Proposal Development Officer

Job description

The Proposal Development Office (PDO) is seeking a Proposal Development Officer to provide university-wide pre-award proposal development services to researchers. The Proposal Development Officer works within a team-based environment to support the university's strategic initiatives to grow research by serving as a primary liaison with principal investigators interested in pursuing extramural funding, by facilitating development of researcher relationships with agency stakeholders, and by providing grant-related consultation and proposal development support. Specific responsibilities are to monitor and disseminate funding announcements from governmental, private, and professional sources; assist researchers in developing competitive grant applications for extramural support; assist in proposal planning and development; critically review proposal narratives; and present grant-related workshops and training. The position requires some travel to remain current with best practices in research development and funding agency research priorities.
Competitive applicants will have a track record of success in pre-award proposal development spanning diverse sponsors and/or federal agencies as well as the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize work in a deadline-driven environment. Pertinent skills include information management and organization, networking, strong writing and interpersonal skills, diplomacy, as well as the ability to work independently and to take initiative. In addition, this position requires the ability to interact effectively with a variety of people on and off campus and to work with tact and judgment in dealing with agency and UK personnel and information.

Job Title
Proposal Development Officer

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
40145:Proposal Development

Work Location

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

3 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Regular: sitting at computer workstation for extended periods; and repetitive motion. Occasional: lifting, pushing, and/or pulling objects up to 50lbs; standing or walking with objects up to 10lbs; and job-related travel.


Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

3 years of grant writing experience.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate the number of years of paid work experience you have in providing proposal development services in an academic or other work environment.
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years, up through 7 years
    • More than 7 years
  2. * How many years of experience do you have with public speaking and/or delivering workshop presentations?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  3. * Briefly describe the extent of your prior experience in writing, organizing, and editing grant applications to specific federal agencies or foundations as well as the nature of the proposals and your specific role in the process.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Briefly describe the extent of your experience in providing grant-related workshop training, the focus of the training events and the type(s) of audiences to whom your presentations were made.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents





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    Job No:
    Posted: 3/14/2018
    Application Due: 4/12/2018
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