Grants and Contracts Development Officer

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Grants and Contracts Development Officer

Search #: 494838
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts


The International Studies Association ( is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. Founded in 1959, its more than 7,000 members span the globe – comprising academics, practitioners, policy experts, private sector workers and independent researchers, among others. The Association has long served as a central hub for the exchange of ideas and for networking and programmatic initiatives among those involved in the study, teaching and practice of International Studies.

In ISA’s ongoing efforts to further strengthen its long-term financial footing, ISA is seeking to hire a dynamic individual who can work with the Executive Director, Director of Operations and Finance and ISA leadership to cultivate opportunities for financial support for ongoing and future programming. This includes enhancing ISA’s communication strategy (in tandem with the ISA staff and a staff member specifically tasked to communications) with its membership, grant-writing for specific project opportunities and the building of a culture of giving among ISA members in support of ISA’s programming. This last piece will be done in collaboration with a fundraising consulting firm contracted by the Association.

With these goals in mind, the successful candidate will possess excellent writing skills, 3-4 year’s experience working on grant project development, strong verbal communications skills and ideally some experience in higher education.


  • Oversees and facilitates efforts to secure sponsored project funds, including development of proposals, fundraising projects, and programs.
  • Explores, researches, and identifies appropriate funding sources consistent with department/school/division mission and goals.
  • Interprets application guidelines and advises pertinent parties regarding compliance with federal, state, and other agency regulations as they pertain to allowable costs.
  • Assesses the capability for ISA to successfully compete for external funding. Identifies expertise and essential support systems within the association to successfully carry out funded projects.
  • Works with appropriate fiscal administrator to review fiscal aspects of proposal to ensure compliance with funding agency guidelines, including salary, fringe benefits, purchase of equipment, matching funds required, etc.
  • Monitors funded programs.
  • Performs related work as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Media, or related social science field.
  2. Minimum of 3 year’s experience in grant writing, prospect research, general fundraising or a minimum of 5 years' comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  4. Meet established deadlines
  5. Communicate effectively through both oral and written means
  6. Respect diversity and work collaboratively with individuals of diverse cultural, social and educational backgrounds
  7. Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries
  8. Work independently to analyze available information, draw conclusions and understandings, and present such conclusions effectively to senior management
  9. Ability to travel nationally and internationally for work.


  1. Ph.D.
  2. Experience working in a non-profit organization.


This is a full-time, 12-month, annually renewable position. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's background and experience. The University offers outstanding medical and retirement benefits.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494838 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on November 15, 2020.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Oct 21 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Nov 15 2020 Eastern Standard Time




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Posted: 10/23/2020
Application Due: 11/15/2020
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