Research Administrator II

Job description

Working/Functional Title

Proposal Development Specialist

Position Summary

Michigan State University has been actively engaged in international research, education, and capacity building for over 60 years and was named by the Times Higher Education in 2018 as a top 100 international university in the world.  Located within Michigan State University’s International Studies and Programs, the Office of International Research Collaboration facilitates the identification of large, cross-college international funding opportunities; supports proposal coordination for interdisciplinary teams of faculty; and recommends policies and practices to advance the university’s international activities.  The Proposal Development Specialist works in consultation with the International Studies and Programs Associate Dean for Research to identify new business opportunities and engages university stakeholders to prepare high-quality proposals for submission to US government agencies, private foundations, and other funding entities. Additionally, the Proposal Development Specialist works with university leadership, faculty, and research administrators to develop and disseminate best practices and policies for pre-award services.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Proposal Development

  • Work with MSU faculty and administrators to facilitate the development of multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research proposals that focus on MSU’s international research, education, and engagement priorities
  • Liaise with MSU faculty, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and donors to ensure that proposal production and submission is timely, complete, and meets MSU and donor requirements
  • Contribute to the development of the technical approach, personnel and management sections
  • Analyze RFPs and RFAs to draft technical and cost proposal outlines
  • Write and edit capability statements highlighting MSU and faculty expertise in relevant proposal areas
  • Develop proposal calendar and ensure adherence; manage timely and technically responsive inputs from proposal team members and subcontractors
  • Provide input on financial aspects of proposals including creating of budgets and budget justifications meeting MSU and donor requirements
  • Track the status of proposals after submission and convene post-proposal debriefings
  • Oversee editing of final technical and cost proposals
  •  Market Intelligence & Communications

  • Anticipate trends in donor funding and identify new business opportunities for MSU’s international engagement
  • Conduct opportunity analyses to evaluate MSU competitiveness, contribute to go/no go decisions, and make recommendations that position MSU to engage in upcoming opportunities
  • Identify and maintain relationships with external partners
  • Prepare and assist in negotiating teaming agreements, memoranda of understanding, and sub-contracts
  • Conduct outreach to university faculty, staff, and students regarding OIRC services and funding opportunities
  • MSU’s International Policy, Analysis, & Practice

  • Contribute to the advancement of ISP Dean’s initiatives
  • Represent OIRC and ISP on MSU work groups and networks
  • This is an off-date position funded for two years from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

    Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

    Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in a relevant field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in proposal coordination and development, especially international; experience in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Desired Qualifications

    Desired Qualifications are:

  • Working knowledge of U.S. government agency funding opportunities, rules and regulations
  • Working knowledge of international development funding, especially public and private sector donors, implementers, and international entities, especially USAID and foundations
  • Experience developing budgets and budget narratives for federal and foundation grant and contract proposals for international work
  • Experience with editing and proofreading documents with attention to detail
  • Experience managing international activities or experience living and working overseas
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Skills in facilitating team formation and negotiation of roles and tasks
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • General familiarity with university policies and procedures
  • Required Application Materials

    Resume and letter of interest

    Work Hours

    STANDARD 8-5

    Description of End Date

    This is an off-date position funded for two years from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

    Bidding Eligibility Ends 05/01/2018 @ 11:55 PM




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    Posted: 4/25/2018
    Application Due: 8/7/2018
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