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Job ID: 126156

Grant Writer (6206U)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 22, 2019
Title Grant Writer (6206U)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Grant Writer/Technical Writer

Grant Writer (6206U)

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: May 29, 2019

Departmental Overview
At UC Berkeley, The Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND) encompasses the UCB Drug Discovery Center, The Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research Institute, the Alliance for Global Health and Science and several other programs. Our mission is to educate, connect and catalyze new research, both in basic research and translational science.

We are looking for a Grant Writer to help us take advantage of funding opportunities in the following areas:
  • Emerging and Neglected Diseases / Global Health
  • Cancer Immunotherapy and Vaccines
  • Drug Discovery / HTS / Translational science
  • Bioscience Capacity Building in LMICs
  • Underrepresented Minorities in STEM / Training Grants

UC Berkeley is a world leader in science and education and CEND has access to UC-wide resources, including top-notch faculty. The SF Bay Area is a hotbed of Global Health Initiatives and we've built relationships with many stakeholders already. We are looking for someone who helps us align those resources around a shared mission by nucleating and driving the pursuit of grant and other funding opportunities.

  • Develop individual grant and major donor proposals and reports in accordance with funder's guidelines, including responses to requests for proposal (RFP's) and letters of intent.
  • Compile, write, and edit all grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
  • Learn about CEND initiatives, faculty areas of expertise and possible engagement areas in order to effectively monitor grant landscape for opportunities, comprehend all projects and programs for which
  • grants will be sought and to recommend the seeking of grants.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major foundations and government agencies in order to communicate the short and long-term goals and priorities of CEND in a manner that is aligned.
  • Works closely with faculty and other contributors to develop and transform ideas into grant proposals; uses science background to understand grant proposal outline for scientific grant applications to effectively match to available faculty.
  • Seeks out and helps cultivate effective relationships with grantors, faculty and other contributors.
  • Maintain accurate grant calendars, database records, and organizational files for all foundation and government funders and prospects.
  • Interacts with stakeholders and partners involved in grant-funded activities.
  • Collate required documents, budget, biosketches etc. of a project or program for which funding is sought and work closely with UCB grants office to submit through the UCB system.
  • Responsible for administration and completion of all required post-award reporting, compliance and evaluation as needed.
  • Limited travel may be required.
  • Initiates and maintains communication with funders and keeps detailed records of all interactions.
  • Uses sound judgment and discretion when handling sensitive and confidential information, including compensation.

Required Qualifications
  • Highly developed writing skills for developing compelling and engaging grant applications on a broad range of topics, as well as editing and proofreading skills.
  • Proven history of writing effective fundraising proposals with a strong record of success.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the campus and with external constituencies.
  • Background in the Biosciences to be able to understand scientific grant applications, provide a first draft and effectively work with faculty to complete the application.
  • Experience with standard concepts, practices, and procedures for researching and writing grant proposals for foundation funds, including Requests for Proposal (RFP); working knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and policies.
  • Highly developed attention to detail, project coordination, and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to work successfully on multiple projects and manage time effectively.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Office; web/internet savvy.

  • Bachelor's degree in related field and/or equivalent experience and/or training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in scientific or writing discipline and/or equivalent experience and/or training.
  • Minimum of three years previous grant add writing experience.
  • Formal training in grant writing.
  • Biosciences background, ideally MSc/PhD

Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $55,100.00 - $102,900.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information
This position is a full-time, one year appointment with the possibility of extension.

Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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