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Grant Writer and Development Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Grants Management


COEIT Dean's Office: https://coeit.umbc.edu/

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Research, the Grants Writer and Development Specialist will support research and creative achievement initiatives and processes within the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT). The successful candidate will have a proven track record in grants development, grant writing and/or grant administration in a higher education or non-profit environment. Collaborating with the COEIT - SSC pre-award team, the incumbent will enhance and expand the sponsored award services provided to COEIT faculty and staff. This position will help faculty identify internal and external funding opportunities; coordinate interdisciplinary and multi institution
proposals; assist with drafting, formatting, and editing proposals; organize and/or develop training; and
implement processes and procedures.
Why Work at UMBC?

UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $63,000 and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.

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A hybrid telework schedule may be available. 


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement repositories, processes and procedures to facilitate proposal development and submission, including developing standard templates and checklists that are part of standard proposal requirements by agencies.
  • Organize and manage the grant proposal submission, including identifying and curating a repository of internal and external funding opportunities that align with faculty research interests and communicating with faculty and the Office of Sponsored Programs, shared service.
  • Provide direct support with proofreading and formatting proposals to ensure compliance with sponsor requirements for large projects or center level proposals.
  • Coordinate and conduct research related to needs assessment and background information for proposal development process, including compiling institutional data and drafting relevant non-technical/scientific sections of the proposal.
  • Develop and maintain college level sponsored award activity reports. Assist in preparing a college grants portfolio for sharing with external partners. Provide support for major grant related events such as annual meetings or site visits for major centers in COEIT.
  • Organize, facilitate and/or develop sponsored research related training, workshops for faculty and other research administration staff.
  • Work with the faculty and the responsible central offices as needed to support with processes or documentation related to conflict of interest, export control, training, animal use, intellectual property, human subjects, etc.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in English, communications, Journalism, Marketing, Scientific or a related field.
  • Three years of experience in grant writing and/or grant development in STEM fields. Consideration will also be given to any combination of experience equivalent to three years in the areas of grant development or grant monitoring.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research, data analysis, problem solving, time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and execute complex instructions.
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Master's Degree or PhD, preferably in STEM or a related scientific discipline. Degrees in English,
    Communications, Journalism, Marketing or other related fields also may be considered
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter and a resume.  

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

UMBC offers a rich benefits package.

Regular and grant funded regular positions (Full benefits summary click here):

Generous Leave which includes accruing:

  • 22 Days of Annual Leave  
  • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
  • 15 Holidays
  • 3 Personal Days

Tuition Remission:

  • 8 credit hours per semester
  • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

Additional Benefits:

  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement plans (including the choice of joining the pension plan)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Wellness opportunities
  • & Much more

Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 

Salary: Salary starts at $63,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time
Type: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization:  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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