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Washington State University
Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships
Posted: 07/28/2023
Research Development Specialist

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Research Development Specialist will support the overall management, operation, and leadership of the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) proposal development programming, including acting as a proposal consultant; assisting with strategic planning for ORAP proposal programing; providing oversight of training programs; facilitating and leading educational opportunities for the WSU research community; and providing proposal review at all stages. The position requires the use of independent judgment, decision-making, and initiative in performing all duties.

Duties also include managing staff that support the above activities.

This position facilitates the proposal development process for large projects from pre-RFP activities through proposal submission including, but not limited to, the creation of a development schedule, coordination of milestones, managing internal deadlines, organizing meetings, and filling out forms related to proposal submission. As well as, coordinating with principal investigators to develop non-technical proposal sections, such as resources, facilities, project management, past performance, outreach, and evaluation. Coordinates internal and external reviews and creates and maintains a process for incorporation of the feedback into the proposal.

Develops, in consultation with the AVP/AVC for Research Advancement, recurring training programming, outreach activities, information sessions, and mentoring programming. Schedules and collaborates with faculty and other administrative professionals to provide training to the WSU research community.

Develops and maintains templates for the proposal library, website, and other forums for use by others. Provides support as needed on post-submission requests by sponsor and/or other offices.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to area of specialization and three (3) years of experience directly related to the specialty area. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Three (3) years of proposal writing experience with federal and non-federal sponsors for extramural applications.
  • Experience successfully developing single investigator research proposals.
  • Ability to work outside normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
  • May require travel outside the Pullman area.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or PhD degree demonstrating general knowledge of various technical fields.
  • General experience in a wide range of disciplines – business, administration, legal, accounting, grants management.
  • Familiarity with major federal and non-federal sponsors that support university research and scholarship, including working with STTR and SBIR initiatives.
  • Ability to provide supportive leadership and clear communication in a team-based environment.

Additional Information:

Area/College: Office of Research
Department Name: Research Advancement & Partnerships
City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164-1060
Department Link: WSU Research
Monthly Salary: $4,942.10 – $7,569

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For additional information, please review WSU’s Administrative Professional Compensation.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For additional information, please review the detailed Summary of Benefits offered by WSU for AP staff and Total Compensation.

Overtime Eligibility: Overtime Exempt

FTE: 100%

This is a permanent position.

Posted Close Date: Applicants must submit their completed application by Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions: External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Required Documents:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.