Job Description

This position reports to the Director of Sponsored Programs.

This professional's duties are predominantly intellectual and require advanced knowledge and must exercise discretion and judgment in the highly specialized field of pre-award grantsmanship, including advanced funding analyses, programmatic conceptualization, competitive original grant writing/editing, and advanced grant budget development skills. Sponsored Programs (SP) consists of a fast-paced, service-oriented team responsive to the dynamic needs of the University. The proposal development specialist is a key SP pre-award team member, collaborating to provide grantsmanship expertise and grant-writing leadership to faculty, administration, and staff. S/he must excel at pre-award funding searches/analyses as well as leading/facilitating competitive extramural grant applications to federal, state, and/or foundation sources that align with ATSU's mission and strategic directions. The proposal development specialist also assists with post-award progress reporting/ compliance and other specialized SP duties, as assigned.

Job Duties:

  • Research, analyze, and recommend SP funding opportunities based on institutional priorities;
  • Identify/link ATSU programs to optimal external funding and serve as liaison between the University and funding agencies;
  • Develop grant-related ideas/priority areas, forecast project needs, and write/prepare nationally competitive SP applications;
  • Meet with and mentor deans, administrators, faculty, and stakeholders to develop funding strategies and secure grant funding;
  • Handle/problem-solve incoming requests for SP assistance from ATSU faculty, staff, and students;
  • Edit/write grant-related progress reports, special reports, and sub-award/ contractual agreements;
  • Survey and keep abreast of professional literature relevant to ATSU priority areas/strategic directions, and
  • Problem-solve/accomplish special projects assigned to Team SP.


  • Prepare analyses of potential funding opportunities;
  • Generate successful SP grant/contract applications, MOUs/MOAs, subawards, budgets, and reports;
  • Research grant-related topics/demographics and cite relevant literature/evidence;
  • Assist in daily SP operation;
  • Nurture, mentor, and train doctoral-level faculty and professional staff on grant issues and skill building;
  • Prioritize and issue grant-writing assignments and supervise team projects/proposals;
  • Develop grant proposal budgets and narrative justifications;
  • Perform grants management duties (e.g., fiscal/programmatic oversight and project reporting); and
  • Manage/ accomplish special projects as assigned.

Application Instructions

A.T. Still University (ATSU) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault (e.g., non-consensual sexual contact/intercourse), stalking, harassment, and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by ATSU. Any person with questions concerning ATSU’s nondiscrimination policies is directed to contact:
Missouri campus – Donna Brown, assistant vice president of human resources (660.626.2790;, 800 West Jefferson Street, Kirksville, MO 63501
Arizona campus – Tonya Fitch, director of human resources (480.219.6007;, 5850 East Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206

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