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Oklahoma State University
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Posted: 04/3/2017
Proposal Development Specialist

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University seeks candidates to fill the position of Proposal Development Specialist.  Incumbent will assist faculty members and research staff with the preparation and submission of complex research proposals to federal, state and private sponsors. Review, interpret and research requirements for funding opportunities. Work closely with researchers to coordinate, develop and submit compliant proposal applications, budgets, and other sponsor-required documentation. Adhere to sponsor rules and regulations and university policies and procedures. Develop complex budgets in accordance with federal regulations, sponsor requirements and university policies. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Manage multiple tasks while adhering to sponsor deadlines. Perform special assignments as requested by Associate Dean with creating proposal development training materials for College faculty and staff.  Continue professional development by attending conferences, courses, classes and/or seminars on research administration-related topics.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor degree and two years or more of related experience. The proposal development specialist is expected to assist the College in achieving its vision and mission. A positive and professional attitude and willingness to assist as needed are expectations for all employees. Demonstrated knowledge of proposal processes for external sponsors, Superior analytical, organizational and time management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Professional and the ability to adapt to various online proposal submission systems. Self-motivated and capable of multi-tasking under deadline pressure.

Prefer candidate with three years or more of relevant experience and be a Certified Research Administrator or Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator. Extensive knowledge of federal, state and private funding proposal processes. Demonstrated budget development skills using Microsoft Excel. Advanced expertise in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Professional and web publishing. Apply online at for consideration. For assistance with the on-line application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401. 

Screening will begin immediately and applications received by April 15, 2017 will receive maximum consideration.  The position is contingent upon available funding and will remain open until the position is filled. Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category.

OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)