The George Mason University Office of the Provost invites applications for the position of Grant Writer for Academic Innovation and New Ventures. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
George Mason University is on the move to be a leading higher education innovator in 21st century education. This includes the development of online programming and the delivery of personalized, customized education and student services to students who wish to attend Mason at our three campuses in northern Virginia, our campus in South Korea, and/or online. As the largest public institution of higher education in Virginia, we are envisioning new ways of providing students with access to a Mason education.
The office is building a team of individuals that can help launch and manage new initiatives that will take the university into the future. This position will be one of the first hires of a new Academic Innovation and New Ventures program management team that will help achieve the university vision of innovation, growth and access.
The Grant Writer reports to the Director of Strategic Engagement and Communication, and is responsible for researching grant and corporate funding opportunities, and writing grant proposals to secure financial support from corporations and foundations for academic and university priorities. This position will have goals based on the number and quality of proposals for both national and local companies/foundations. The incumbent will work closely with administrative units such as Enrollment Management, University Life, Academic Affairs, Budget, and Information Technology Services, as well as relevant academic units and the Office of Advancement. Responsibilities include:
- Responsible for all phases of grants development, evaluation and compliance, including prospect research, pre-award grant writing, the coordination of grant applications, and limited post-award support for staff overseeing grant-funded projects;
- Actively seek, identify and recognize external opportunities that present viable funding opportunities and match academic initiatives priorities;
- Perform internal reviews of institutional needs and assess feasibility of obtaining external funding for academic initiatives project and program proposals;
- Research, identify, engage and cultivate prospect corporate and foundation funding sources;
- Write, edit, revise, and submit grants; and create, design, write, and implement processes and procedures related to grants management and proposal development;
- Develop a process to monitor and ensure adherence to all processes and procedures related to the submission of grants, and maintain a process to monitor grant compliance;
- Track proposal submissions and progress, and prepare periodic status reports;
- Provide effective coordination of activities for prospective and current funding organizations, including campus visits, strategic attendance and university events;
- Create an Office of Academic Innovation and New Ventures corporate sponsorship plan to ensure consistent gift opportunities and giving levels for specific areas/projects across the university;
- Maintain positive, proactive relationships with university offices and funding agencies to ensure process efficiency and grant compliance;
- Serve as a liaison to all funding agencies or organizations, developing collaborative relationships with grant funding representatives;
- Identify and communicate foundation events and conference opportunities to office and university leadership;
- Effectively represent office and university priorities to corporations and foundations;
- Collect and summarize funded program/project outcomes and budget expenses, and submit timely reports to funding organizations; and
- Support development team in execution of annual fund and other fundraising-related activities as needed.
- Master's degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience that equate to the advanced degree;
- Demonstrated experience in writing persuasive, clear, concise and visually attractive proposals;
- Substantial demonstrated professional grant writing experience, preferably in an educational or nonprofit setting;
- Verifiable successful experience in technical writing, proofreading, editing, copywriting, grant writing or other equivalent written communication format;
- Experience successfully soliciting local, regional, and national corporations and foundations;
- Able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and funding goals, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities while maintaining a professional work style;
- Demonstrated teamwork skills, team-oriented, and able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with excellent attention to detail;
- Ability to coordinate overlapping projects and deadlines required;
- Strong analytical skills and experience with all Microsoft Office suite applications and databases;
- Ability to work with minimal supervision; and
- Weekend and evening work will be required.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills, strong organizational skills, project management skills, and strong attention to detail;
- Experience managing a growing grants schedule;
- Demonstrated ability to relate well to and understand the needs and interests of funding organizations in order to develop relationships between them and the university;
- Demonstrated ability to promote the university's fundraising and strategic priorities by developing excellent working relations with faculty, senior academic leaders, senior corporate/foundation executives, and with the advancement division team;
- Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate a multifunctional and diverse organization; and
- A familiarity with federal rules and regulations as pertains to the administration of higher education grants desirable.
Finalists for this position will be required to provide a portfolio of written work.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA27Ez at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.