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Grants Specialist

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Number:

013731 & 999849

Functional Title:

Grants Specialist

Position Type:


Position Eclass:

EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is to provide comprehensive support to members of the UNCG research community engaged in the preparation and submission of proposals and the management of funded projects. As steward of the university’s externally funded research portfolio, OSP is responsible for ensuring that all research proposals and projects adhere to UNCG’s academic and research policies and meet its obligations to external sponsors.

Position Summary:

There are 2 openings for this position.

The Grants Specialist is a professional within the Office of Sponsored Programs. The primary mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs is to support sponsored research activities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). The Grants Specialist is responsible for providing substantive professional advice on the development of project proposals and post-award administrative tasks. This position will require a strong understanding of proposal budgets well as a thorough knowledge of the external funding process.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university or;
  • Bachelor’s degree plus three years experience in research in their area of study.
  • Minimum of three years experience in research administration (preferably higher education) and grant development,
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, review, write, edit, create budgets/budget narratives, and submission of proposals.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and university grant programs that support research, instruction, and public service across disciplines and their submission process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CRA certification
  • Knowledge of electronic research administration including submission portals such as, the NIH eRA Commons and NSF Fastlane.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. The application must be completed in full detail for your qualifications to be considered.
Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:
  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Org #-Department:

Sponsored Programs - 11502

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:




Type of Appointment:


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Key Responsibility:

Sponsored program support

Essential Tasks:

This position requires a close working relationship with faculty and principal investigators as well as project directors throughout the University and external funding agencies. The position requires the development of contacts and relationships to further the growth of external funding at UNCG. This position provides technical pre-and post-award support to principal investigators and project directors in the development, review, and submission of all routine/complex grant and contract proposals by providing extensive information and guidance for use in the proposal submission process with a concentration on budgetary matters.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Sponsored research compliance and submission

Essential Tasks:

The position is required to develop and maintain a schedule of funding cycles, proposal submissions, and reporting deadlines. Ensure that applicants are aware of and comply with applicable deadlines. Review completed proposal applications and contracts for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with the requirements of the University, the University of North Carolina System, and the prospective funding agency. Advise PI’s, project coordinators, and others regarding formatting style specifications, grant guidelines, and procedures governing federal, state, and private grant proposal submissions.

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Key Responsibility:

Post Award transfer

Essential Tasks:

This position acts as an intermediary between the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Contracts and Grants with regard to transfer of post-award documents.

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Key Responsibility:

Federal Funding Agency support

Essential Tasks:

This position will provide expertise in federal funding agency requirements to faculty, staff, and students with particular expertise with NIH, NSF, and DoE

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Key Responsibility:

Foundation/ private funding support

Essential Tasks:

The position will work with foundations as well as federal, state, and private funding entities. The position will develop and provide training on the administrative and financial requirements of the various awards as needed as well as other duties as assigned.

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures, Hearing, Talking, Lifting-30-60 lbs.


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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