Grants and Contracts Manager 3 (Assistant Director, Proposal Development)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office Of The Vice President For Research
Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office
Full/Part Time:


The Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office (SIRO) leads research proposal development for large and strategic interdisciplinary research activities across all twenty-four Penn State campuses comprising of multiple colleges and institutes. In this respect, SIRO is a unique unit within the university system. It is involved in preparation and management of many high-impact federally funded research activities. SIRO assists the faculty and research staff members with all aspects of grants and contracts preparation process covering most of the federal and state funding agencies. SIRO staff are familiar with the application process for all the major federal agencies supporting Science Technology Engineering Mathematics(STEM) research, e.g., National Science Foundation(NSF), National Institutes of Health(NIH), United States Department of Agriculture(USDA), Department Of Defense(DOD), and Department Of Education(DOE). SIRO also supports large and interdisciplinary research proposals submitted to foundations and corporation. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research, the Assistant Director will supervise a large proposal development team and guide the development of multi-institution multi-college proposals. Assistant Director will form close collaboration with Institute Directors and College Deans to understand the current and emerging needs and address them in timely and efficient manner. This position is expected to provide project management for the complex interdisciplinary proposals, identifying and communicating potential collaborative funding opportunities, recruiting and organizing faculty groups to capitalize upon new opportunities, assisting with campus-wide and individual training activities to improve investigator’s grantsmanship skills, and develop familiarity with program offices within federal agencies to understand the emerging needs. Assistant Director will be involved with various cross-campus projects and research activities being planned by Office of Vice-President for Research. This job will be filled as a level 3, depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. Essential skills include strong science communication skills: supervising a large team of proposal developers; writing clear, structured, and persuasive proposals with editing skills; ability to meet deadlines; knowledge of grant application process and federal guidelines; familiarity with government proposal submission systems; excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; proficient in the use of the internet and computer systems and software including word processing, database and spreadsheet software; ability to initiate and utilize innovative techniques in preparing contract/grant applications; and experience working in a deadline-driven environment. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088