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companyNiagara University
locationWashington, DC 20037, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/27/2023


The Director of Pre-Award provides the leadership and oversight of a comprehensive system for obtaining external grant support for institutional priorities and faculty research. The office conducts prospect research and prepares new proposals at Niagara University. The Director provides overall management in all these areas collaborating with senior administrators and faculty to identify funding needs and prepare successful grant applications. The Director guides the increase in grant funding for faculty scholarship and institutional needs and improves proposal development skills and capacities across campus.




  • Identify grants/grant cycles
  • Engage faculty/CBO's/School Districts
  • Writing assistance/Proposal Development/Writing
  • Work with internal teams on grant applications
  • Training and workshops
  • Compliance checks
  • Writing/Grant review and submission
  • Co-chairs Internal Research Council


  • Promote and improve grant seeking across campus and lead a customer service culture in the Office of Sponsored Programs to support Niagara University programs and projects
  • Provide leadership in pre-award activities including grant proposal development, support, writing, and submission of proposals
  • As part of the grant team, monitor and communicate with faculty and administrators about opportunities in grant development as well as policies and procedures related to mandated compliance issues and best practices in grant management
  • With Associate VP, cultivate relationships with private/public funders
  • Provide faculty and administrators with support related to the articulation and development of fundable research agendas, the search for appropriate funding opportunities, proposal preparation, and budget development
  • As part of the grant team, work with stakeholders across the university to evaluate, formulate, and implement policies and procedures that promote research across the university and to assure responsible growth and administration of sponsored activity
  • Conduct research and provide technical support to faculty and administrators in the identification and solicitation of potential funding opportunities to meet institutional needs and the funding requirements of academic and individual faculty members
  • Develop, write, and present proposals, reports, and institutional correspondence in support of public and private grants and initiate, prepare, review, and submit proposals (including budgets) to external funders
  • Exercise delegate signature authority in electronic submission systems with approvals
  • Remain abreast of trends in sponsored programs and foundation relations and funding
  • Represent the office across the Niagara University campus and in the broader community as requested and appropriate


  • Regularly review office operations, liaison relationships and campus policies/ procedures and coordinate improvements and updates as dictated by changing and evolving best practices aligned with funder rules and regulations
  • Communicate effectively with AVP concerning pertinent matters
  • Perform other duties as requested or as related and/or dictated by responsibilities



  • Ability to develop and execute strategies for leading and overseeing a comprehensive system of obtaining grant support for institutional priorities and faculty research
  • Ability to increase grant funding for faculty scholarship and institutional needs and to improve proposal development and skills and capacities across campus
  • Knowledge and experience to conduct comprehensive public, corporate and foundation research activities
  • Knowledge of grants development and management including working knowledge of compliance, fiscal and other critical areas of administration
  • Ability to creatively conceptualize programs and to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing
  • Aptitude and skill to work effectively, developing and sustaining working relationships with public and private funders
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and comfortably under deadlines, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and occasionally work outside normal business hours
  • Demonstrable understanding of federal compliance and grant administrative and fiscal management regulations
  • Familiar with financial concepts and basic budgeting and cost accounting standards
  • Sophisticated interpersonal abilities, exhibiting diplomacy, tact, and discretion
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
  • Strong organizational, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Proven track record of funded grant submissions
  • Must be articulate, high-energy, and goal-oriented
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and unquestioned personal integrity
  • Ability to read and comprehend various forms, documentation, files, and information
  • Knowledge of all Federal, State, and Foundation grant online portals (CFA,,, etc.)


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in grant development, grant management and/or philanthropy is required, preferably in an academic or foundation setting;
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects with multiple diverse stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience with major grant management systems
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