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Proposal Development & Communications Specialist

Apply now Job no: 499548
Work type: Exempt Staff Full-time
Location: Bethlehem
Categories: Technical/Scientific, Research

Responsible for leading the writing, editing and structuring of content of sponsored research proposals and institute publications in collaboration with faculty and staff research teams. Scope of responsibility also includes coordinating campus and external outreach initiatives for proposals, supporting the proposal development process, developing website content in support of institute’s activities and programs and developing and maintaining a social media presence for the Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy. The Lehigh community takes seriously our commitment to antiracism and The Principles of our Equitable Community.

1. Technical writing of team research proposals and institute publications (articles, reports and newsletters) in support of institute initiatives and programs
*Support Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) faculty and researchers in drafting technical content for multi-disciplinary and multi-investigator initiatives
*Provide support to faculty to turn ideas into effective articles, reports and proposals
*Work with faculty to develop, write and edit technical content, including, but not limited to, technical approach
*Critical review and editing of proposal content for structure, completeness, accuracy, consistency and appropriateness of content, as well as grammar and readability
*Enhance technical content through incorporation of visual content, such as graphs, illustrations or images
*Develop or refine organizational boilerplate materials and develop new content to assist faculty in proposal writing

2. Coordinate IRI campus and external outreach initiatives for team proposals
*Attendance and participation in initiative team meetings
*Develop networks with faculty and other university researchers in identified initiative areas
*Create and maintain distribution network for potential funding opportunities for faculty
*Draft technical content in support of identified initiatives

3. Support proposal development process
*Develop and maintain standardized IRI proposal development process
*Help to organize team workflow and tasks during proposal development process
*Serve as liaison between faculty and staff researchers and Lehigh University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) during proposal development process
*Review call for proposals for identification of proposal deliverables and key dates
*Work in conjunction with ORSP contract specialists to manage proposal content for timely submittals and compliance to sponsor requirements

4. Develop website and social-media content
*Compose IRI-related content for communication and market efforts
*Work with Rossin College Communication and Marketing Team to disseminate materials on websites, through newsletters, via social media, etc.

Grade: 9 – 40

Position Number: S99640

Special Considerations

This position is funded by soft dollars; there is no severance associated with this position

The duties of the position do not allow for a remote work option; the employee in this position will be required to work on campus where they can be fully accessible to the Lehigh community


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Field or equivalent combination of education and experience; Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Engineering preferred

Three to five years related work experience

Experience with technical writing in a science or engineering field preferred

Experience planning, writing and coordinating proposals to federal, state or private funding sources preferred

Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and a high degree of initiative for bringing tasks to completion

Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and a high level of customer service

Strong writing ability and organizational skills

Ability to use initiative and judgment to identify, analyze and solve problems

Excellent computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and graphics software

Ability to build, foster and maintain positive professional relationships

Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position

Because of increasing COVID case counts in the region and new information about the characteristics of the Delta variant, all Lehigh faculty and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated unless they receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the requirement.

Only complete applications will be considered therefore please complete the application in its entirety.  Once the posting is removed from the website applications may no longer be allowed to be completed.

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