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Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist

University of Missouri - Columbia

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Job Title: Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 42318
Job Description

The University of Missouri seeks a Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist who is an experienced, dynamic pre-award grants and contracts specialist to support the Strategic Proposal Development Service (SPDS) team, housed within the Division of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII), and its efforts to develop and submit large-scale, multidisciplinary, complex proposals for priority funding agencies (i.e., NIH, NSF, DoD, USDA) and to support academic units as needed. The successful candidate will be able to develop proposal budgets, compile and proof ancillary documents, and enter proposal data into sponsor submission systems to secure external funding for research, review applications for all levels of compliance on proposals to be submitted and advise as necessary and communicate with funding agencies. Work must ensure proposals meet all MU, SPA, and sponsor and federal compliance rules. This position is remote with quarterly travel to Columbia, MO.

Key Duties Performed By This Position Will Include:

The Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist will focus on delivering efficient, effective services in the area of proposal development and help to develop competitive and compliant applications for externally sponsored research.

• Prepare/facilitate all internal documents for external grant applications – develop budget (which may include cost-sharing budgets), budget justification, PSRS for approvals, MU required compliance documentation and sub-recipient forms.
• Complete sponsor-required forms for external funding (e.g., sponsor budget form, administrative portions of applications, and any other sponsor-required compliance forms, and enter data into sponsor submission system.

In Addition, The Individual Will:

The successful candidate will need the ability to partner with internal and external stakeholders to understand strategic objectives to establish proposal development strategies that will meet current and future research needs.

• Interpret sponsor guidelines and provide information regarding grant policies to faculty, staff, students, and faculty or staff from collaborating institutions.
• Facilitate relationships with collaborators from outside the institution to fulfill subrecipient requirements.
• Liaise with SPA, faculty to address post-submission issues (e.g., answer sponsor questions/requirements, revisions) and support proposals through award setup.
• Solve routine and complex problems and identify new, less obvious solutions.
• Support the efforts of individuals and departments across campus involved in submitting grant proposals.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Successful candidates will be exceptional communicators with very strong organizational and time management skills. They must demonstrate customer service, collaboration, confidentiality, integrity, attention to detail and a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity in their activities.


$48,000 - $57,000

Grade: GGS 10


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Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired. At least 4 years of grants and contracts experience.

Application Materials

Application, Cover Letter, Resume or CV

Other Information

The Strategic Proposal Development Service (SPDS) is a Division of Research, Innovation and Impact unit that provides grant support services to PIs and academic units to plan, write, and submit large-scale, strategically important, and similarly complex proposals (center, institute, etc.) for priority funding agencies. SPDS is highly responsive to faculty and staff requests and works proactively in service to faculty and research teams.

Position is eligible for remote work with quarterly travel to Columbia, MO.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Working at University of Missouri - Columbia

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

MU students are uniquely prepared for success in life as global citizens. For example, Mizzou is nationally known for its campus writing program, learning communities and first-year experiences. The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities. In fact, experiential learning is an essential part of an MU degree. Real-world media experience, or the Missouri Method, in journalism and a problem-based curriculum in medicine are two examples. Students also participate in Missouri’s largest study abroad program and contribute 180,000 hours of community service each year.

Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and sixty-five percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri's public universities. Roughly one in three degrees are in math, engineering, information technology, health and other science fields.

Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees and is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Popular media consistently call Columbia, Mo., one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life. Mizzou is by far the largest employer in the area with more than 13,000 full-time employees.

Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou's NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Careers at Mizzou

You've come to the right place to find your new career or to make the leap to the next level. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional in your field, and no matter what kind of job you are looking for, chances are that we have the right opportunity for you.

Why? Because Mizzou is not just a world-renowned educational and research institution, The University of Missouri is also one of the biggest, most versatile employers in Columbia, MO. And we don't just have first-rate faculty and students, we have first-rate staff too! Whether you are a finance professional, a plumber, a research scientist, a preschool teacher, a food services worker, a custodian, a graphic designer, or a swimming coach, working at MU means you know you are a part of something big — you're making a difference in the world.

We have it all: challenging and engaging work, a wide variety of jobs to fit your career goals, great benefits, career development and training, work-life fit, beautiful surroundings, a rich tradition and history, a sense of community and belonging, and a proven commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Here are some resources to familiarize yourself with Columbia, Mo., if you are relocating to the area:

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