Large Center Development Associate

Large Center Development Associates are responsible for supporting collaborative research activities to expand the University's capacity to pursue major research and commercialization initiatives that garner national and international recognition. Incumbents form, facilitate, and manage interdisciplinary and inter-institutional grant writing teams in their pursuit of multi-million dollar funding opportunities aimed at advancing University's research and commercialization goals. Duties include motivating teams to collaborate around large funding opportunities and to provide direct support and services that result in the execution of high quality proposals to federal, state, and private funders. Large Center Development Associates are expected to author and edit technical and non-technical aspects of large center grant proposals. Typical hiring range for this position is $60,000 to $75,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Facilitate the development and management of large-scale grant writing projects in a variety of technical disciplines to advance research and commercialization activities that are tied to Maine businesses and industries critical to the future of the State of Maine.
Coordinate complex project teams and associated planning and implementation meetings.
Author and edit technical and non-technical aspects of large proposals to reduce faculty burden and to enhance the grantsmanship quality of proposals.
Develop research communities and facilitate scientific collaborations between internal and external research teams. Work with research teams to identify joint research needs and opportunities and identify and communicate external collaborative research opportunities.
Build proposal development strategies and proposal milestone/submission timelines.
Manage pre-submission review team processes, including external reviewer coordination.
Maintain effective communication and cooperative working relationships with University administrators, faculty, and staff. Coordinate with appropriate OVPRDGS and OIED offices and resources.
Work effectively and cooperatively with department members, administration, the research community, and external clients and customers. Commit to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve, and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
Utilize coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
Perform other reasonably related duties, as assigned by the Director of Grant Development.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
Typically has the education associated with a Doctoral or Master's degree. At least 10 years of experience with grant funded projects, proposal submissions, and University research is required. Successful work experience related to university based research commercialization and industrial partnerships is preferred. Excellent writing and presentation skills as well as analytical skills are required. Demonstrated proficiency to work independently and self-monitor progress toward goals and deadlines. Attention to detail and timeliness in meeting firm deadlines are skills vital to these positions. Strong leadership, social, interpersonal, teamwork, and organizational skills are necessary to coordinate and support interdisciplinary initiatives involving multiple faculty across the University, as well as external partners.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Large Center Development Associates will work on multiple projects simultaneously. The employees will work in a busy, service-oriented office environment, located within the Grant Development Office in Stodder Hall. Positions require consistent verbal and written communication with multiple other University faculty, administrators, staff, and graduate students.
WORK YEAR: Full-time, fiscal year position.
WORK SCHEDULE: Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Due to the nature of this position, work beyond regular hours (including nights and weekends) will at times be necessary to meet grant or project deadlines. The employee shall establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor, adjust the work schedule as appropriate.
POSITION TYPE: Full time, fiscal year position.
SCHEDULE FOR EVALUATION: Annually in accordance with the UMPSA agreement.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable pool of candidates is found.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

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