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Director of Proposal Support Services

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034118
Department Code 20301-6040
Department VP For Research
Job Title Director of Proposal Support Services
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S6
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Director of Proposal Support Services in the Office of Research is responsible for Syracuse University’s proposal, research and faculty development efforts and for the coordination of a team approach to support the University’s research mission, and by extension, maintain its classification as an R1 research institution by Carnegie Classification. The Director is responsible for overall implementation of the Proposal Support Services mission to: (1) help faculty build the capabilities and visibility needed to advance their scholarship, research, and creative activities across all career stages, (2) facilitate collaboration around strategic funding opportunities, forming new research teams and alliances while leveraging existing strengths and partnerships, (3) manage the University’s internal funding competitions, which include both internally funded seed grant programs and externally funded limited submissions, (4) manage various Awards and Recognition programs, both internal and external, for proper nominations, transparent competition, and help the preparation of the nomination packages, as appropriate, and (5) enhancing research communications including update and proper management of the VPR web page, research showcase such as annual student symposium or “research week-like” activities, in collaboration with OSP and other personnel to produce research dash board and research publications, as appropriate. The Director is accountable for managing the efforts of all Proposal Support Services members.


• Master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred.
• Three years direct management experience.
• Three years of experience in the areas of faculty collaboration, grantsmanship training, proposal development and/or faculty training.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
• Extensive knowledge of extramural program administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors.
• Demonstrated experience developing competitive grant proposals and analyzing solicitations including the ability to translate technical concepts into a fundable proposal.
• Strong interpersonal and organizations skills with a demonstrated ability to build consensus and lead teams in order to achieve desired outcomes.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Experience with transdisciplinary proposal development and external engagement (e.g., funding agencies, universities, corporations, national labs) at a research-intensive university.
• Management of parallel multiple complex programs and activities in a timely manner with a high degree of quality.
• Proposal review experience, such as experience as a federal agency program officer, rotator, or grants development professional.
• Broad knowledge and understanding of research and scholarly achievement across the broad spectrum of fields found at a research-intensive university.
• Experience leading interdisciplinary teams


• Develop background information on funding sponsor priorities and programs and learn the research strengths and capabilities at the University.
• Proactively search funding databases for pending announcements and match potential funding opportunities with University capabilities and researcher expertise and disseminate targeted funding opportunities to University researchers in a timely manner.
• Facilitate and maintain relationships between funding agency program officers and University researchers.
• Develop strategy to form teams for pursuing large multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary initiatives, and provide leadership to these teams as they develop their proposals.
• Provide educational workshops, in-service trainings, and consultation to faculty and research staff to refine grant-writing skills, and provide the essential tools needed to effectively write and win competitive grant applications.
• Coordinate and plan proposal development activities including prioritization, planning, and scheduling activities to guide faculty effectively through the application process.
• Manage the overall limited submission process including the internally funded grants programs, as well as, manage internal competitions for externally sponsored limited submissions.
• Oversee grant writing and editorial services, to assist faculty in drafting competitive proposals and to analyze feedback from granting agencies to assist faculty with the revision process.
• Develop and oversee faculty recognition initiatives to incentivize research excellence; and assist the VPR with enhancing communication strategies, (e.g.- website updates, “research week” poster sessions, etc.)
• Catalog and maintain an inventory of the University’s research equipment and instrumentation infrastructure to foster greater collaboration among different units and to leverage the University’s capabilities for future proposal development.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter and resume.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 11/21/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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