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Job ID: 107794

Director of Grant Development
Villanova University

Date Posted Jun. 8, 2018
Title Director of Grant Development
University Villanova University
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Villanova, PA
    United States
  • Director/Manager
  • Grant Writer/Technical Writer

Director of Grant Development

Posting Number: 20181674S

Position Type: Staff

Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants

Work Schedule: part-time/12-months

Department: 232-Nursing

Position Summary

The Director of Grant Development plays a lead role in developing and implementing a strategy to secure funding from government (state and federal), foundation, and corporate entities in a manner that supports the strategic needs and goals of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. The Director takes an active, and often lead role in identifying diverse funding opportunities and assists in writing proposals for external funding on behalf of the College faculty and prepares internal University reports with regard to external funding. The Director works closely with faculty to facilitate efforts to develop and prepare effective and competitive proposals, including providing support in preparation of budgets and proposal ancillary documentation, and in organizing grant-writing workshops, especially for new faculty. As appropriate, the Director may compile, collate, and synthesize institutional data and/or national trend data needed to support grant-writing efforts at the College or individual faculty level, as well as evaluation efforts within the College.
The individual will also receive and file faculty reports for Faculty Development Grants and Sabbatical leaves.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities

Facilitates all aspects of proposal development and submission. As appropriate, the Director may:
  • Gather and synthesize demographic data in support of proposals.
  • Solicit and collect required documents from sub award entities/personnel in coordination with the Office of Grants and Contracts.
  • Gather and submit required documents to PI institution if Villanova is the sub award entity.
  • Assist with budget preparations along with the Director of Finance and Administration .
  • Edit and critique proposal drafts.
  • Assist in securing required University documentation and certification as a part of proposal preparation.
  • Assist in assembling proposals and supporting documents (e.g. bio sketches, letters of intent, letters of support, appendices, etc.).
  • Play an active role in proposal writing by providing editorial/technical assistance around clarity of proposal study, use of compelling language, grammar, organization, adherence to sponsor guidelines and policies, references, etc.
  • Coordinate with the Office of Grants & Contracts and the Office of Research Protections to enter budget information and other materials into the online system, facilitate and route proposal submissions via the online system.
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements from funding agencies.
  • Maintain records of grant submissions and outcomes.
  • Assist with writing and providing editorial and technical assistance for Foundation or other philanthropic organizations for general, non-discipline specific funding and serves as lead administrator for College-level grants or other awards.
  • Administer funding programs internal to the College, including advertising opportunities, collecting proposals, coordinating proposal review and awards, and maintaining records of expenditures.
  • Develop relationships with potential external funding sources. The Director, in conjunction with other administrators within the College, University Advancement, and/or individual or groups of faculty, as appropriate, may:
  • Coordinate meetings with key personnel associated with potential external sources of funding.
  • Serve as the liaison between the College and key personnel associated with potential external sources of funding, preparing written documents and/or oral presentation to foster and culture relationships.

Identification of funding sources and matching funds with College and faculty needs and key personnel:
  • Conduct research to identify potential funding sources for college-wide initiatives and for faculty (individual or groups) for faculty research, faculty development, undergraduate and graduate mentoring/research/education, diversity, infrastructure, curriculum development, equipment, etc.
  • On a regular basis, seek information on funding sources appropriate for defined faculty research interests and shares this information with faculty.
  • As appropriate, research background information and funding patterns of potential funders.
  • As appropriate, maintain up-to-date information on funding/sponsor entities including requirements, guidelines, deadlines, and policy changes.
  • In coordination with the Office of Grants & Contracts, develop and implement annual grant-writing seminars/workshops for College faculty and coordinates planning efforts among small groups of faculty directed toward securing external funding.
  • Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree required in a discipline appropriate for the position.
  • The ideal candidate will have knowledge of diverse funding opportunities, complex grant instructions, and policies of funding sources.
  • Excellent written, oral presentation, and organizational skills; familiarity with and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, graphics packages; experience in preparing professional electronic documents. Budget preparation skills. Excellent time-management skills and an ability to work under the pressure of deadlines are required, as are excellent interpersonal skills.
  • 5 to 10 years of successful acquisition of government, corporate, and/or foundation support in a higher education or foundation setting. Evidence of ongoing efforts to keep up to date with changes and emerging trends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Expertise, or the willingness to acquire expertise, in the trends of government, corporate, and foundation support of higher education and research. Knowledge of NIH and other federal research grants, their current policies, and their current application process. Knowledge and understanding of the Colleges mission, strategic vision, and resource requirements.

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours

Special Message to Applicants

Posting Date: 06/07/2018

Closing Date (12am ET):

Open Until Filled:

Salary Posting Information: Commensurate with experience

Salary Band: J

Job Classification: exempt

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Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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