The Grants Specialist will help guide the operations of CONRAD’s grants development and fundraising function by supporting program staff in seeking and securing public and private grant funding for existing programs and new initiatives in line with CONRAD’s innovative global health R&D mission. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the proper identification, selection, preparation, and submission of grant applications and supporting subagreements; and ensuring timely and proper cultivation, acknowledgement and stewardship of individual and institutional supporters. This position will directly report to the CONRAD Scientific Director, with a secondary line of reporting to the EVMS Director of Sponsored Programs. The GS will be responsible for supporting the development, implementation, and maintenance of operational systems, policies and procedures associated with grant development activities for the organization. The GS will be responsible for entering CONRAD proposals and initiating awards into the InfoEd grants management system. S/he will also provide periodic reports to the Director of Sponsored Programs regarding proposal status and upcoming submissions. This is an ideal position for a process driven candidate with strong project management skills, high attention to deadlines and details, science background, and an energetic enthusiasm for supporting global/public health R&D.
This position will be located in Hampton Roads or in Northern Virginia based on the selected candidate. Salary range is based on position located in Hampton Roads and will be adjusted if located in Northern Virginia.
During active grant & business development submissions:
• Serve as CONRAD’s primary liaison with EVMS’ Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure effective coordination and planning of all CONRAD grant submissions
• Support identification, preparation and coordinating efforts for all funding applications for CONRAD; including planning, writing, document gathering, internal and external communications, budget negotiations with subawardees, and final submission
• Responsible for final assembly of grant submission packages and on-time submissions
• Help to ensure all applications are responsive to the solicitation or grant requirements and that both the content and format are compliant with the funders' requirements; ensure that the correct forms are utilized for all necessary attachments
• Ensure pre-award compliance with EVMS and funding agency regulations
• Follow-up on submitted applications and proposals
• Mine and monitor international, federal, state and local web sites and other sources for funding opportunity announcements and inform CONRAD Grant Development team (GDT) of relevant announcements
• Responsible for seeking and securing funding sources
• Identify and research availability of public and private global health funds
• Research background literature and funded projects related to the concept to be submitted
• Maintain systems, databases and reports to track and cultivate various funders and donors
• Represent CONRAD to prospective funders and donors when requested.
• Develop letters, agreements, and other materials, as needed to support grant development opportunities for CONRAD.
• Consistently manifest a customer service orientation in all communications and activities with stakeholders and funders, as well as EVMS and CONRAD
• Serve as an engaged and involved team member, supportive of the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and external colleagues, to help identify targeted fundraising strategies for ongoing and new R&D programs and concepts
• Performs other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in science, public health, or other relevant fields. A minimum of two (2) years of experience in federal and non-federal grant application processes and pre-award management, grant proposals, and with public and private grant-seeking methods and approaches. Knowledge of federal government funding streams and cycles and experience with proposal writing is required; experience with securing private funding (e.g. from Foundations) is preferred. Experience developing and managing budgets and goals is also highly desirable. Proficiency in MS Office skills, database administration, internet research skills.