Proposal Development Specialist (Grants Development Officer)

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


The School of Engineering (SOE) at the University of Connecticut is seeking to hire a Proposal Development Specialist (Grants Development Officer). Under the direction of the Dean and Associate Deans, the candidate will work closely with various faculty members and faculty teams throughout the year on major proposals to Federal and State agencies, industry and other funding agencies. The candidate will also support the School with other writing/editing tasks including award nominations and reports.

The University of Connecticut is a Carnegie Foundation “R1” research university which is its highest designation and a distinction held by only 3% of all institutes of higher education in the United States. The successful candidate will directly contribute to the University’s research mission by assisting engineering faculty with the development of successful proposals in a highly competitive funding environment.  


  • Serve as writer/editor on proposal development teams, in collaboration with the principal investigator(s).This includes identifying and interpreting grant solicitations, developing proposal writing plans and timelines, coordinating and overseeing team responsibilities, and ensuring that all proposal development tasks are completed in accordance with internal and external deadlines.
  • Facilitate communication/collaboration among proposal team members and provide document management support to the team.
  • Provide advanced-level technical editing support for scientific content and writing/editing support for non-scientific portions of proposals.
  • Coordination with individuals at various levels and offices throughout the University to shepherd proposals through the development and submission process
  • Proofread/edit written copy prior to submission, ensuring readability, typographical/grammatical correctness, appropriate formatting, and completeness.
  • Provide writing/editing support for nomination packages for faculty awards.
  • Provide writing/editing support for various School of Engineering reports.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, or other relevant scientific field.
  2. At least three years of relevant technical writing/editing experience
  3. Evidence of masterful writing/editing ability as demonstrated by samples.
  4. Experience writing proposals for funding agencies
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teams on production of complex documents
  6. Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret complex technical information and translate it into language suitable for the target audience.
  7. Strong managerial and organizational skills with demonstrated experience managing complex projects and leading teams.
  8. Strong ability to meet and enforce deadlines, with ability to prioritize responsibilities, attend to details, take initiative, and work independently to carry out difficult assignments.
  9. Superior communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  10. Ability to thrive and work collaboratively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; ability to adapt to changing processes and procedures.


  1. Master’s or Ph.D. in a STEM discipline.
  2. Demonstrated success in preparing large research proposals that were funded
  3. Experience working within a university on research proposal development
  4. Knowledge of guidelines and requirements of federal sponsors, such as NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE and others


This is a full time, 12-month position. The University offers great benefits including retirement benefits, health and dental coverage, good work life balance with flexible scheduling, 35-hour work week, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave, tuition waivers, training and learning opportunities.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494835 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 January 2, 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.

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