Proposal and Award Generalist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – H – Non-exempt
  • 03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
Full/Part Time:


The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual for an early career position in Research Administration. The selected candidate will join a highly respected team of pre-award and post award professionals in a fast-paced, innovative and service-first environment. This position will focus on pre-award administration responsibilities to include: prepare proposal budgets and non-technical components of grant applications; review and interpret solicitation requirements and provide guidance to faculty to ensure compliant submissions; generate grant application packages on a variety of government websites (i.e. FASTLANE, Grants.Gov); maintain cognizance of University Research Administration policies and guidelines, and provide guidance to faculty and staff on appropriate procedures and required approvals; and coordinate with the Office of Sponsored Programs, Research Accounting, Office of Research Protections, and other University contacts as needed throughout the proposal and award process. Candidates should demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task and think outside the box. The EMS Research Office adheres to the guidelines of the Proposal and Award Generalist (PAG) Career Ladder regarding staff professional development and advancement (, and will support the selected candidate’s skill development and progression toward PAG Career Ladder objectives. Evolution of this position to incorporate both pre-award and post award administration responsibilities (i.e. “cradle to grave”) is an option. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire with excellent potential for renewal.

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