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University of Rochester SON Grant Director/Grant Writer - 222717 in Rochester, New York

SON Grant Director/Grant Writer

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School of Nursing

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 SON Staff/Education Programs



The Grant Director will serve as a strategic advisor to the Dean and/or Associate Dean in developing grant operations for the School of Nursing (SON). The Grant Director is responsible for directing and implementing the strategic plan for external funding for educational and school-wide initiatives. This includes identifying grant opportunities for the SON and its partners/affiliates, taking a leadership role in developing institutional projects/proposals, supporting faculty grant writing and applications and developing capacity within the SON to pursue grants more effectively. In the case of applications to foundations and corporations, the Grant Director will work closely with the respective central offices responsible for foundation and corporate relations to maximize opportunities and deploy University expertise to maximum effect.

The Grant Director needs to acquire and maintain an in-depth understanding of the work of the SON, its educational programs, experiential learning environment, the field of nursing and individual faculty teaching and community service interests to support resource development initiatives and effectively represent the school.


  • Research funding opportunities for the Education Mission of the SON. This will include: maintaining knowledge of funding opportunities related to education (staying abreast of government funding priorities and legislative trends affecting the availability of funds for educational research and projects); proactively staying abreast of SON’s faculty members’ research and reform interests; communicating funding opportunities to faculty and leadership and encouraging pursuit of opportunities strategically aligned with the SON’s mission and priorities; advising leadership of legislative initiatives that will affect government funding and support associated advocacy and lobbying efforts (10%).

  • Develop proposals for submission to government agencies, foundations, and corporations. Depending on the grant, this may include directly conducting background research, writing the proposal narrative and developing the budget, or supporting and reviewing individual faculty members’ work in these areas. (40%)

  • Oversee the pre-award and post-award activities for institutional grants ensuring that all grant submissions are appropriately handled, new grant awards are appropriately implemented and monitored, and post-award reporting expectations are met. (20%)

  • Develop capacity for grant-writing within the SON and its partners. This will include developing and offering professional development, courses and one-on-one mentoring to faculty as well as selected students on the art of proposal writing and grant preparation practices. (15%)

  • Serve as the SON’s liaison with government grant agencies and with other university divisions and personnel in grant-seeking endeavors, building long-term productive relationships to advance the School’s mission and garner support for its activities and research. In conjunction with the Dean/Associate Dean interface with the University’s foundation and corporate relations offices. Conceptualize creative strategies for approaching new agencies and prospects and optimizing these relationships. Recommend and develop policies and procedures for faculty and staff regarding grant submissions, and manage the traffic of grants to avoid conflicts and maximize success. Promote a collaborative interdisciplinary grant-seeking culture and support group proposals as appropriate. Represent the School in university-wide grant training or grant-related activities. (10%)

  • Special projects as assigned by the Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs (5%)


Bachelor's degree and 5 years’ relevant experience, including at least 2 years at a managerial level or equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent writing and project management skills essential to the role. Must be flexible, organized, detail-oriented, and able to work collaboratively, under deadlines.


Grant-writing experience highly desirable, preferably in an academic setting as is knowledge of government, foundation, and corporate funding sources and philanthropic practices. Some knowledge of research and program evaluation preferred. Master's degree and Knowledge and/or experience in the field of education is desirable. University CLASP certification preferred; if not certified, must be completed within first year

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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