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Grant Development Specialist at SF State

  • Full Time
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 100000-110000 USD / Year
  • Salary: 100000-110000

San Francisco State University

Another Source’s client, San Francisco State University, is recruiting a Grant Development Specialist to join their Office of Research and Sponsored Programs team in San Francisco, CA! This is a hybrid opportunity with the expectation to be on-site 3 days per week.


San Francisco State is a large, comprehensive, urban university located in a vibrant and beautiful city with a rich intellectual and cultural life. Through its six academic Colleges, SF State offers undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and technical careers as well as a broad liberal arts education. SF State is a culturally diverse campus that is part of the 23-campus California State University system.


Learn more about the Benefits @ SF State:

SF State truly values their employees, and is committed to providing services that support faculty and staff both on and off-campus. They provide services that extend beyond the workplace with programs such as the Employee Assistance Program. They believe that healthy and happy employees are productive employees and are better able to carry out the university’s mission.


San Francisco State offers a rich benefits package that includes:
Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year
Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension and retiree healthcare benefits
An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee
Get a free Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree! California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) is offered for the employee or their qualified dependent
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About the Role:

San Francisco State University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to serve as a Grant Development Specialist and grant writer/editor.

Under the direction and supervision of the AVP Research, the incumbent will serve as a high-level contributor and key technical advisor in the strategic planning, development and strengthening of institution-wide funding strategies, fostering academic and funding collaborations.


This functional specialty requires: a keen intellect; a broad analytic perspective; wide-ranging knowledge across subjects, disciplines, colleges, funders, and organizational units; rigorous evaluation skills; effectiveness as coach and trainer of professionals; insight and diplomacy in delivering critical feedback; and the ability to provide individualized guidance to and collaborate with tenured/tenure-track faculty of varying levels of proposal development and grant writing skills, from novices to experts.  Workload involves a substantial degree of novelty on a daily basis and requires high-level independent decision-making, with results that have broad campus-wide and periodic system-wide impact.


What you will be doing:

Provide specialized expertise in the design, development, writing, editing, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of complex, high-impact grant proposals that increase institutional visibility, advance SFSU strategic long-range goals, and secure resources from public and private granting agencies to support innovative research, training and educational programs across the campus.
Coordinate teams of researchers and faculty from different disciplines.  Advise interdisciplinary teams on funding opportunities.
Develop and write grant proposals.
Conceptualize, analyze, develop, and evaluate creative solutions to systematically improve grant proposal development on a campus-wide basis.
Work with the Institutional Research Office to compile institutional data for grant proposals.
Review and edit proposal text for both science-based and humanities-based proposals to ensure clarity, consistency of style, and alignment with sponsor mission and requirements.
Provide professional expertise in grant writing and conceptual grant development to craft, evaluate, and revise proposals for innovative research, training, and educational projects that support the scholarly and educational missions of SFSU and enhance its capacity for leadership within and beyond the CSU system.
Education/Work Experience:

Advanced degree, Master’s Degree required Ph.D. or Ed.D
Experience in proposal development, grant writing, and conceptual editing in a university grant development setting, including experience with major public and private agencies and both investigator-initiated research proposals and institutional development, infrastructure and training grants.
Knowledge of requirements of major external funding mechanisms and programs.
Awareness of current priorities and trends in federal funding; proven track record of developing or managing projects for at least three of the following agencies: DOE, DOL, EDA, SBA, DOD, DHS, NSF, NIH
Proven track record of developing or managing research projects
Salary range is $100 – 110,964, commensurate with experience


The California State University (CSU) fosters a diverse and inclusive employment environment that is safe and respects all employees, students, and visitors. The CSU works to protect your rights and foster a safe, inclusive environment. Learn more about your rights and HR compliance policies.  The CSU is committed to transparency and compliance to policies affecting privacy, conflict of interest, and outside employment by Management and Executive personnel.


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