Grants and Contracts Administrator (Multidisciplinary Proposal Developer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – I – Exempt
  • 03 – J – Exempt
  • 04 – K – 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. This position will provide a variety of proposal development support services across Penn State’s 24 campuses serving diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. As a member of a cross-functional team that includes faculty researchers and research administrators, this position will take the lead in supporting research proposals. There are two primary functions for this position: Understanding the grant solicitation and working with the faculty team to develop the proposal content (original contributor of ideas and content in the proposal), and assisting the principal investigator to develop the team and partnerships necessary to address the writing of non-technical sections (e.g., diversity and inclusion, education and outreach, management, data management, facilities) in the proposal by connecting with strategic partners across Penn State and externally. The Developer is highly engaged in team communications that occur throughout proposal development to ensure timely and effective submissions. Thus, having good management, communication and technical writing skills is essential. The Developer provides a range of services as needed on specific proposals. These services include: coordinating, providing original and innovative ideas/writing, gathering data, identifying resources and editing of non-technical sections, support for technical sections as requested, strategies for marketing/incorporating graphics and figures into proposal documents as well as cross-sectional proposal strategies to improve overall proposal messaging, coordinating and planning meetings with the research team, developing a roadmap to meet proposal submission deadlines, coordinating communications between primary and co-primary investigators within and external to Penn State, and coordinating as well as self-participation in peer (red team) reviews. A major fraction of proposals supported by SIRO often describe complex scientific or technical topics, so the successful candidate must have experience with scientific or technical writing and can quickly grasp the overall scientific vision. The Developer is expected to possess the ability to work in a team environment as well as independently, have strong management and organizational skills, contribute to innovative ideas/writing in improving proposals and familiarity with software programs used for advanced editing/formatting documents. Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 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. This job will be filled as a level 2, level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor'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. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding.

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