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Senior Proposal Development Specialist

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Categories: Grants / Contracts

Job Description

Under the direction of the FBRI Director of Sponsored Research, the Senior Proposal Development Specialist will be responsible for implementation and execution of various pre-award and proposal development and submission activities in support of FBRI's sponsored program operations. The successful candidate will assist in preparation and submission of research, outreach, and training proposals, which will include interacting with faculty, staff, and students in proposal preparation, reading and dissection of sponsor solicitations, effectively communicating proposal requirements to faculty and other proposal team members. The candidate will also assist in the technical editing, reviewing proposals for submission compliance, assembling budgets, working with sponsoring agencies as needed and working with the university Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to meet all university requirements and deadlines for submission. This senior position will also work with the Director of Sponsored Research to develop proposal resources, policies, and processes at FBRI and disseminate updates from sponsors and the university as needed. This position has access to confidential, proprietary, and sensitive information.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree in business administration or other related field, or equivalent training, experience, certification.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret and implement complex regulations, procedures and/or compliance standards, and experience working in a complex regulatory environment.
• Demonstrated experience in budget development.
• Proven ability to prioritize and manage large volumes of work to anticipate and meet deadlines.
• A strong commitment to customer service.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Excel.
• Experience in an academic research environment.
• Experience with federally funded research programs, experience with NIH a plus.
• Experience in research grant and contract administration.

Preferred Qualifications

• CRA or other applicable professional certification.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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