Technical Communications Specialist 3 (Multidisciplinary Proposal Development Coordinator – Training Grants and Fellowships)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office (SIRO)
Full/Part Time:


The Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office (SIRO) is a research administration unit that is part of the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Office of the Vice President for Research is responsible for facilitating the $927-million-per-year research enterprise at Penn State by working with a broad range of units across the University. The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research is to support a rigorous program of faculty and student research and creative accomplishment by enhancing the environment for scholarly and artistic endeavors, encouraging the highest standards of quality, and fostering ethical conduct in research. SIRO’s mission is to provide direct support for strategic multi-college and multi-institutional research efforts. The Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office is seeking a self-motivated, analytical, and organized professional to serve as a Training Grant Developer. This position supports faculty and administrators across the University in coordinating the development, submission, and renewal of training grants for various sponsors, typically working on NIH and NSF proposals. This position’s primary responsibilities are twofold: Completion of data tables and other data reporting necessary for training grant proposals, and project management and development support for training grant proposals. Requires an individual to have experience working with datasets, data collection, data cleaning, and interpreting data. The Developer will provide direct guidance and strategy to proposal teams and participating faculty and administrators regarding proposal development. This position will also provide project management services to proposal teams. The Developer will participate in planning meetings, seminars, and outreach for faculty and staff. The Developer will also be expected to maintain and advance institutional knowledge through participation in extramural professional development activities. This position will engage in all aspects of grant management to ensure that training grant submissions adhere to regulatory, funding agency, and policy requirements. Candidate will also serve as a liaison with the Graduate School and the HILS. Penn State provides a comprehensive benefits package, including 75% tuition discount for employees, their spouse or domestic partner and eligible dependents. Living in Happy Valley: SIRO offices are located at the University Park campus of Penn State University. Known as “Happy Valley”, the surrounding region boasts great outdoor recreation opportunities and high-quality public-school systems. The Penn State Center for the Performing Arts brings world-renowned music, theatre, and dance artists to the campus. The Bryce Jordan Center hosts larger events including sports exhibitions, family shows, commencements, Big Ten Basketball, and top-name performers in the music and entertainment industry. University Park is centrally located, just 3-4 hours by car from New York, Philadelphia Baltimore/Washington and Pittsburgh with a reliable commuter airport 10 minutes from campus. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Related experience working in research administration or a graduate program setting preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel is essential. Experience working with Access, iTwo, and LionPATH is preferred. Experience working with datasets is essential. The abilities to multitask, meet deadlines, write clearly and respond professionally are essential.

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