Associate Director for Proposal Advancement Administrator VI - Band H Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
The Associate Director for Proposal Advancement (PA) is a key member of Cornell's PA team, led by Cornell's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). The PA team provides expert services to increase the competitiveness of funding proposals and success in obtaining external funding in areas of strategic importance to Cornell, primarily in competitions for large, extramural, multi-investigator grants and contracts, including multi-disciplinary center and facility proposals, training grants, limited submissions, and other major awards that can have particularly significant impact in advancing Cornell's research enterprise.
The Associate Director (AD) works with Principal Investigators (PIs) to assemble teams and provide the guidance, expertise and content necessary to support PIs in developing and submitting proposals, typically for large, complex, multidisciplinary projects and other targeted funding opportunities. The AD assists in administrative content development as well as in all aspects of project management for the proposal.
The AD develops and provides information, training, and other resources for PIs and the broader research community to increase and facilitate participation in competitions for external funding in areas of strategic importance as well as in targeted funding areas, such as early career awards, training grants, and sponsor-limited submissions, and to enhance overall proposal development expertise and success across the campus.
The AD manages and supports a set internal competitions, such as Cornell's Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, and provides back up support for other internal competitions, such as sponsor limited submissions. The AD responsibilities also include designing and participating in programs to advance Cornell's success in funding, such as grantsmanship and grant writing workshops.
The AD manages and supports a program to advance Cornell's competitiveness in the successful nomination of members of the Cornell academic community for prestigious national and international prizes, awards and public recognition memberships.
Master's degree in science or engineering with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience successfully contributing to proposal development in a highly decentralized, multi-disciplinary research organization, and ideally in an academic setting.
An in-depth understanding of the proposal preparation and submission process and proven successful experience working with researchers to develop successful proposals to major federal funding agencies. Ability to understand and explain organization policies and positions on topics such as intellectual property rights, facilities and administration costs, and cost-sharing. Demonstrated ability to interpret and understand funding agency and program priorities, policies, politics, and deadlines. Ability to analyze program announcements and work with researchers to develop proposal strategies.
Ability to plan, coordinate and administer internal review committees, including coordination of meeting venue, preparation of materials, minute-taking and communication of results to applicants.
Proven success in managing relationships between sponsors, investigators, and the research organization is required.
Ability to understand and navigate formal and informal decision-making networks and to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders within a highly decentralized organization, and with individuals external to the organization. Proven success in leading projects through influence and collaboration.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including development and delivery of training, presentations to individuals and groups; developing written guidance, directions, and procedures that are end-user friendly and focused; and in engaging external and internal stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.
Exceptional problem solving, organizational, and analysis skills. Ability to utilize office software and other electronic tools to successfully and efficiently conduct tasks.
Acute sense of the importance of deadlines and excellent time management and customer service skills.
PhD in science, technology, or engineering. Research experience and/or managing a research operation in a large decentralized organization, preferably in academia, is desirable.
Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
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