The Senior Research Development Associate (SRDA) will lead research proposal development and strategic planning for large and strategic interdisciplinary research activities that involve faculty from multiple WashU schools and institutes. Reporting to the Senior Director, the SRDA will have a strong science aptitude and will work collaboratively with faculty and the RDO team to support the development of complex proposals by providing the highest level of service possible. The SRDA leads multiple large-scale proposals simultaneously and operates at a high level under considerable deadline pressure. The SRDA will serve as a strategic funding consultant to faculty researchers and will work collaboratively with faculty across the institution to support the RDOâ™s mission in growing the size and impact of university research.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Provide comprehensive proposal development services to large teams of principal investigators (PIs) pursuing external research funding. The SRDA will primarily focus on development of large-scale (multi-million) interdisciplinary grant proposals and other strategic institutional research programs. Proposal development duties include obtaining competitive intelligence on funding programs, facilitating PI team building and ideation, writing and editing proposal sections, and leading external review of proposals. Identify additional campus expertise and resources to support the proposal development process, including cross-campus and external collaborators in areas of scientific expertise, workforce development, out-reach and education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, among others. SRDA provides comprehensive guidance to faculty and other personnel during the scientific brainstorming, planning, and decision making for the application. They provides a high-impact level of mentorship/expertise to faculty as well as integrated knowledge in active and emerging federal research programs, science, and science team management.
Work with government agencies and private sponsors to understand funding strategies and initiatives and to identify needs and synergies with university researchers. Develop and maintain relationships with funding agency personnel on behalf of WashU faculty and leadership. Organize and host workshops, seminars, and events to further cultivate and develop relationships with program officers and sponsors.
Work closely with external consultants providing proposal development support to research faculty in areas of strategic importance to the institution (e.g., increasing WashUâ™s research funding from the Department of Defense).
Develop and implement training and outreach, including workshops for early-career faculty and agency-specific training such as NSF Career, DOD, NSF, and NIH. Produce content for and lead periodic proposal development lectures and workshops.
Make data-driven recommendations that contribute to strategic planning for priority research initiatives and schools, represent WashU in outreach to federal program officials and national laboratories, and have scientific understanding of emerging federal programmatic areas to provide WashU competitive intelligence for upcoming funding opportunities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
PhD in social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, or scientific and technical writing.
Experience with managing, developing, scientific writing and editing, and reviewing of multi-investigator or multi-institution grant applications.
Experience with federal grants websites and award databases.
Experience managing large scientific teams.
Experience in higher education.
Experience analyzing RFAs, RFPs and other funding calls.
Experience planning events/seminars/workshops for large groups, including development of agendas and active facilitation of such events.
An open collaborative style that promotes partnerships and the ability to build strong relationships across constituents.
Ability to work in an organized fashion and meet internal and external deadlines.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; ability to write precise, well organized documents.
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple requirements.
Strong critical thinking skills.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Ability to work under deadline pressure.
Five to six years of experience in research development, with experience managing large proposal teams seeking $1M or more.
$70,300.00 - $120,000.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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