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Proposal Development Manager

Yale University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 5, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Office Administration
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time

Proposal Development Manager

University Job Title: Development Associate, Technical Writer
Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Regular
Compensation Grade: development
Wage Ranges: Click here to see our Wage Ranges
Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 157 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Development
Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5

Position Focus:
We are seeking to hire an experienced grant proposal development manager with scientific and technical writing skills, knowledge of/or experience with project management practices, and strong written communication and interpersonal skills to support mid- and large-scale proposal development efforts.

As a unit within Yale's Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Strategic Initiatives and Proposal Development team works to attract and maintain significant philanthropic investments in support of Yale's research enterprise. The unit's efforts are focused on coordinating a comprehensive and targeted approach to funding opportunities available via requests for proposals (RFP) issued by foundation and corporate prospects. This unit executes comprehensive proposal development strategies through all stages of proposal conceptual development and refinement. An important focus is working with university leadership to identify and lead proposal development efforts for large-scale, complex, and multidisciplinary proposals commensurate with projects of strategic importance to the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the University.

Under the supervision of the unit's director, the Proposal Development Manager nurtures critical relationships internally with faculty and leadership, and externally with private foundations and corporations through the development of grant applications that are competitive for funding. Key partners include colleagues serving roles in academic leadership, research administration, corporate and foundation relations, as well as colleagues across schools and departments. Success in the role requires the ability to foster an environment that promotes collaboration and teamwork, and effective project management skills with the ability to organize, meet deadlines, and prioritize multiple tasks with competing needs. The Proposal Development Manager will develop and execute a range of strategic activities with the goal to increase Yale's competitiveness for extramural funding from foundations and industry.

Key responsibilities include: Identify and disseminate information on funding opportunities/RFPs from foundations and corporations to leadership, faculty, and administrators. Provide guidance and expertise to facilitate competitive grant applications from individual faculty members, and teams of researchers. Provide proposal conceptual development and editing/writing support for individual investigator awards, as well as large, complex team science awards. Coordinate internal resources, including those from administrative offices within Yale, to support and enhance the competitiveness of grant applications; assist faculty in navigating relevant administrative offices and requirements within Yale. Advise institutional leadership on issues related to specific funding opportunities.
Serve as institutional representative to the university community, including academic leadership, faculty, and staff in a variety of roles within Yale's research enterprise.

Essential Duties:
1. Prepares a wide variety of written materials including grant and gift proposals, briefings, cultivation and stewardship correspondence, and research summaries with significant scientific content for both internal and external Development constituents. 2. Researches and compiles lists of prospects in the sciences and related fields for a variety of purposes, ensuring that all prospect information is accurate and up-to-date. 3. Designs, develops, and produces ad hoc reports and analyses of science prospects by report generation and manipulation of information systems, including the University’s primary constituent database. 4. Develops strategy and methodology for identifying leading prospects with interests in the sciences and related fields. 5. Conducts research on individuals using office data and internet search engines, often partnering with Office of Development research associates. 6. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in the sciences, engineering, or a related field and two years of experience in scientific research and/or in project management involving professional scientific writing or equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Superior communication skills, both verbal and written, and demonstrated interpersonal skills to interact with senior-level administrators, faculty, and staff across the university. Professionalism, maturity, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.


Required Skill/Ability 2:

Proven ability to write and assemble successful funding applications, including to federal agencies, private foundations, and industry. Ability to write and convey scientific content with expertise for an educated lay audience.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to organize, meet deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks with competing needs. Ability to work well independently as well as contribute to team efforts in a fast-paced environment.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Working knowledge of research development practices and sponsored projects administration within a university setting.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Commitment to an inclusive workplace. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.).

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Advanced degree in the sciences or a related field. Experience in a university setting or with research development work. Familiarity with Yale.

Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements:
All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:
The University maintains policies pertaining to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, students, and trainees are required to comply with these policies, which may be found here:

Posting Disclaimer:
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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