The Poultry Science Center of Excellence and the Department of Food Science are recruiting a grant support specialist who will be responsible for preparing, coordinating, and submitting a portfolio of highly competitive, technical and/or complex grant proposals/applications for Poultry Science and Food Science Research Initiatives. The program specialist must demonstrate the ability to work independently and proactively, yet function in a collaborative team environment, exhibit self-reliance, dependability, trustworthiness, good listening skills, and an ability to form effective working partnerships with colleagues; must demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects, competing priorities, solve problems and meet challenging and changing deadlines; demonstrate superior interpersonal skills with proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with varied constituencies in a professional manner; exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills; maintain tact and diplomacy working with a wide variety of personalities; and, exhibit a high degree of professionalism, ethical sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion with a proven ability to apply good judgment and responsible decision-making.
Key responsibilities include:
Search for, identify, and communicate grant opportunities to faculty.
Assist faculty with interpreting grant instructions which includes creating customized project checklists based on full requests for applications/proposals (RFA/RFP), contacting national program officers for clarification of RFA/RFP requirements, and providing faculty with examples and content guidelines for various required documents (e.g. data management plans, mentoring plans, etc.).
Coordinate collection of and updating of faculty forms (e.g. CV, Biosketch, Current and Pending, Conflict of Interest, descriptions equipment and facilities).
Collect institutional data that may be required for the proposal.
Ensure all necessary forms and other attachments are included in the proposal package.
Assist faculty with creating proposal budgets and budget justifications; improving graphics; providing editorial comments; and formatting of grant proposals.
Upload all documents in the grant submission portals.
Assist in coordination, preparation, and processing of pre-award contracts with industry and university partners and collaborators.
Coordinate activities with the Division’s and Campus OSP Grants Officers.
The Center of Excellence for Poultry Science is a multidisciplinary research, teaching, and extension center comprised of the Department of Poultry Science, and faculty representing the Cooperative Extension Service, the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the USDA-ARS, the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and the National Ag Law Center. The Poultry Science Department offers Undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. programs. With six poultry science departments globally, and an industry in need of talent and future leaders, our graduates with a major in poultry science enjoy 100% job placement opportunities – locally, nationally and internationally.
The Department of Food Science is responsible for advancing knowledge and technology associated with the discipline of Food Science through effective education, research and outreach programs within the Land Grant Mission of the University of Arkansas. Food Science faculty have established very productive research programs involving microbial food safety, food chemistry, sensory analysis, advanced food manufacturing, processing and nutrition with foods originating from plant and animal sources important to Arkansas. Faculty members have been successful in securing external funding to support their research programs.
Bachelor's degree in a related field with one year of experience in writing and proofreading successful grant proposals.
Technical and/or creative writing experience.
Communication skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to research, secure and/or provide information, clarify situations, resolve problems, and ensure cooperation among individuals.
Organization and time management skills to coordinate projects and people, prioritize and track multiple projects simultaneously, and to meet critical deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
High level of computer proficiency required. Must have advanced working knowledge of the Windows environment (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Cloud) as well as expert knowledge, mastery and fluency with building internet and web queries, manipulating and retrieving data from complex database sources, managing news alerts technologies, and using electronic subscription services.
Master's degree in a related field.
Experience working in higher education or in an organization that funds grants for higher education institutions.
Technical grant writing experience.
Graphics skills to enhance figures and tables.
Familiarity with a variety of proposal submission portals (USDA, NIH, NSF).
Experience in writing and proofreading successful grant proposals.
Internal Number: NCA285P
About University of Arkansas System Divison of Agriculture
About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.