Assistant Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsored Research Support

Appleton, Outagamie County / Grand Chute, Outagamie County / Little Chute, Outagamie County
Apr 14, 2014

REPORTS TO: Director of Corporate, Foundation and Sponsored Research Support

LOCATION: Wilson House

Primary Objective

The Assistant Director works closely with faculty and staff to advance the stated campus fund-raising priorities by securing gifts and grants from organization donors, and to facilitate faculty grantseeking in support of their research, scholarship, and artistry. Primary responsibilities include: (i) prospect identification, proposal development, and grant management and reporting; (ii) building “town-gown” relationships and supporting grant-seeking for local outreach projects; and (iii) maintaining and enhancing Web pages related to grant seeking and grant management.


1. Identify and cultivate funding opportunities, and disseminate to potential grantseekers.

  • Respond to research requests from the president, Provost, senior development staff, other campus offices, and faculty.
  • Monitor grant opportunity announcements and alert relevant campus personnel.
  • Seek out opportunities for stated campus fund-raising priorities and cultivate relationships with local and national prospective funders.

2. Prepare proposals to corporate, foundation and government grantmakers, for institutional priorities as well as sponsored projects:

  • Advise faculty grantseekers from the sciences, arts, and humanities on selecting appropriate funding opportunities; navigating the grantseeking process; interpreting funder guidelines; and developing narrative, budget, and other proposal materials.
  • Write original narrative and edit, revise, and proofread narrative written by others.
  • Complete application forms and assemble supporting materials.
  • Review proposals for compliance with institutional policy, funder guidelines, and applicable state and federal law and regulation.
  • Meet with program officers or other funder representatives to cultivate, solicit, and steward grant support.

3. Post-award grant management

  • Work with Financial Services and other offices to set up new grants.
  • In partnership with project directors and/or Financial Services, monitor grant activities and expenditures for compliance with grant agreements, funder requirements, and applicable law and regulation.
  • Collaborate with project directors and/or donor engagement staff to ensure all reporting requirements are met.

4. Strengthen local community relationships

  • Contribute to collaboratively developed annual Report to the Community publication.
  • Secure local grants for community outreach and service projects.
  • Meet with local business and community leaders to improve Lawrence’s visibility and cultivate, solicit, and steward donors, volunteers, and other community partners.

 5. Maintain and expanding the CFSR website with grants news and resources.

 6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Working Relationships

The Assistant Director will work closely with the development staff, the Dean of the Faculty office, and members of the faculty. Other working relationships will include the offices of: the President, Financial Services, Alumni & Constituency Engagement, Communications, Volunteer and Community Service Center, and Engaged Learning; as well as trustees; alumni; students; and Fox Valley community members.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, ideally from a liberal arts college and preferably in English, Communications, Philosophy, History or other writing-intensive fields.
  • Must be comfortable with intermediate to advanced functions in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point, and Adobe Acrobat. Prefer prior experience with creating/updating websites, SCT Banner or similar databases, and FoundationSearch or similar funding research tools.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a track record of funded grant proposals or other direct experience in a development or sponsored research setting, a liberal arts background, and/or 1-2 years of professional writing experience.
  • The successful candidate will be an accomplished and elegant writer, a gifted storyteller, have strong organizational and planning skills, and be a creative problem-solver.
  • Other essential attributes include comfort with public speaking, the ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people, an optimistic demeanor, a passion for learning, and a sense of humor.

Employment Requirements

  • Must have successful completion of criminal record check, driving record check (where applicable), and reference check.
  • Occasional travel and some evening/weekend hours required.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit:

  • Cover letter.
  • Résumé.
  • A writing sample: at least three but no more than five single-spaced pages of professional, academic, and/or creative narrative. 
Job Location
Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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