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Grants Development Specialist

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Grants Development Specialist


PSO-Carl Vinson Inst of Govt

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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8:00am–5:00pm; Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends, as

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Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

UGA Statement:

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

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Development/Fundraising Professional





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five to eight years of direct experience in the area of research administration
(proposal submission non-financial pre-post-award management); or any equivalent
combination of training and experience.

Position Summary:

The Grants Development Specialist position is to assist 8 Public Service and Outreach (PSO) units with seeking external grants and sponsored program opportunities to increase the generation of external funding to better serve the needs of Georgia citizens. The specialized grant development expertise of this position is crucial given that PSO units generate 70 percent of their operating budgets through external funding sources. The incumbent will help to increase PSO’s ability to compete for larger and more long-term external funding from federal agencies, corporations, and foundations, provide PSO unit leadership with assistance to identify and develop grant and external funding proposals through the application development and submission phases. The position will provide grant writing assistance as needed. The incumbent’s role will be to continually seek and identify opportunities for funding and align opportunities with PSO units based on a deep understanding of PSO units’ mission. The Grants Development Specialist will be knowledgeable of the relevant policies of major federal and non-federal sponsors, manage complex proposal award tasks, and make independent decisions concerning non-narrative content and format of grant proposals for the grant submission process. This position will work closely with the Office of the Vice President for PSO senior management team, PSO directors, Development and Alumni Relations, Sponsored Projects Administration, and other campus administrative groups.

This position may be subject to telecommuting.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

-Strong management, organizational, and time management skills.
-Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
-Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
-Ability to use personal computer in a Microsoft environment.
-Knowledge of the relevant policies of major federal and non-federal sponsors.
-Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion.

Physical Demands:

Work in a standard office environment.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Seek and identify opportunities for funding and align opportunities with PSO units based on a deep understanding of PSO units’ mission. Provide technical assistance to PI’s (e.g., project design and application process, grant management and compliance). Identify/develop grants tools and resources – list of grant mentors and faculty grant experience/expertise, examples of successful applications, tool kits and other resources to improve competitiveness; source for standardized language and other information used routinely in applications.

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Maintain relationships with PSO units, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), and all players involved in grants processes and coordinate/trouble-shoot issues on process and individual projects. Report on grant funding levels and performance related to strategic goal, as well as issues inhibiting better performance.

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Serve on campus-wide task forces or committees to advocate for PSO on Federal grants and ensure PSO is considered/involved in the initial conversations for all SPA community engagement related grants. Serve as the main point of contact and resource for all grants related matters, including grant writing support for units as needed.

Identify and provide grants training courses on regular basis.

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Remain informed and provide guidance on relevant policies of major federal and non-federal sponsors and complex pre- and post-award tasks.

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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