Proposal Development Specialist

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East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Apply by 22 May 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 26 April 2018

Job Description

The Proposal Development Specialist works in consultation with the International Studies and Programs Associate Dean for Research to identify new business opportunities and engages university stakeholders to prepare high-quality proposals for submission to US government agencies, private foundations, and other funding entities. Additionally, the Proposal Development Specialist works with university leadership, faculty, and research administrators to develop and disseminate best practices and policies for pre-award services.

The Proposal Development Specialist works in consultation with the International Studies and Programs Associate Dean for Research to identify new business opportunities and engages university stakeholders to prepare high-quality proposals for submission to US government agencies, private foundations, and other funding entities. Additionally, the Proposal Development Specialist works with university leadership, faculty, and research administrators to develop and disseminate best practices and policies for pre-award services.

Specifically, the Proposal Development Specialist, under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research,

Proposal Development

  • Work with MSU faculty and administrators to facilitate the development of multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research proposals that focus on MSU’s international research, education, and engagement priorities
  • Liaise with MSU faculty, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and donors to ensure that proposal production and submission is timely, complete, and meets MSU and donor requirements
  • Contribute to the development of the technical approach, personnel and management sections
  • Analyze RFPs and RFAs to draft technical and cost proposal outlines
  • Write and edit capability statements highlighting MSU and faculty expertise in relevant proposal areas
  • Develop proposal calendar and ensure adherence; manage timely and technically responsive inputs from proposal team members and subcontractors
  • Provide input on financial aspects of proposals including creating of budgets and budget justifications meeting MSU and donor requirements
  • Track the status of proposals after submission and convene post-proposal debriefings
  • Oversee editing of final technical and cost proposals

Market Intelligence & Communications

  • Anticipate trends in donor funding and identify new business opportunities for MSU’s international engagement
  • Conduct opportunity analyses to evaluate MSU competitiveness, contribute to go/no go decisions, and make recommendations that position MSU to engage in upcoming opportunities
  • Identify and maintain relationships with external partners
  • Prepare and assist in negotiating teaming agreements, memoranda of understanding, and sub-contracts
  • Conduct outreach to university faculty, staff, and students regarding OIRC services and funding opportunities

MSU’s International Policy, Analysis, & Practice

  • Contribute to the advancement of ISP Dean’s initiatives
  • Represent OIRC and ISP on MSU work groups and networks

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will have at a minimum a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive professional work experience in proposal coordination and development, especially international; experience in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

About the Organization

Michigan State University has been actively engaged in international research, education, and capacity building for over 60 years and was named by the Times Higher Education in 2018 as a top 100 international university in the world. Located within Michigan State University’s International Studies and Programs, the Office of International Research Collaboration facilitates the identification of large, cross-college international funding opportunities; supports proposal coordination for interdisciplinary teams of faculty; and recommends policies and practices to advance the university’s international activities.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree-filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of 350,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easily accessible rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near perfect living environment.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.

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