Colorado State University Research Proposal Coordinator in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Research Proposal Coordinator

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 201801016AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, but no less than $52,000.

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/25/2018

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Chemistry has an international reputation for excellence in research across a broad array of disciplines, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, materials and physical chemistry. Ph.D. graduates receive world-class training, participate in cutting-edge (and often interdisciplinary) research projects, and are employed at all levels of academia and industry around the globe. The faculty also enjoy an award-winning reputation for teaching excellence. Undergraduate students benefit both from access to this classroom expertise and from a long tradition of substantive undergraduate participation in research. The Department’s research efforts are supported by a state-of-the-art Central Instrument Facility that provides 24/7 student access to shared instrumentation.

Position Summary

Research and coordinate preparation of complex scientific research proposals to a wide variety of federal, state, industry, foundation, and other sponsors. Funding mechanisms include grants, contracts, task orders, and cooperative agreements. Investigate availability of funding programs, research submission and compliance requirements, and identify cost share requirements. Consult with sponsor representatives in the U.S. or internationally as needed. Coordinate budgets including staffing plans and research expenses across multiple institutions for collaborative projects. Develop proposal budgets and budget justifications, ensuring adequate availability and support of required scientific personnel and equipment. Confer with Post Award Research Administrators in the Office of Sponsored Programs to identify areas of the proposal structure and justification that will facilitate post-award implementation if awarded. Serve as Department expert on proposal opportunities, guidelines, and requirements. Pre-approve all Chemistry grant proposals. Analyze Department proposal activity and develop recommendations and strategies for research growth opportunities for faculty.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, sciences, communications, or a related field At least one year of research project management experience Strong communication skills Strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel and Adobe Acrobat

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience preparing and submitting scientific research proposals at the University level Experience creating budgets and budget justifications Knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance cost accounting guidelines Knowledge of Kuali Research Proposal system (KR) Familiarity with the scientific research process Demonstrated experience in providing excellent customer service skills, working in a team environment, collaborative approach to work, and building effective professional relationships

Diversity Statement

•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Proposal Development


-Review and interpret proposal announcements to ensure proposals meet unique sponsor guidelines for multiple funding mechanisms including grants, contracts, task orders, or cooperative agreements.
- Advise faculty members on requirements for proposal. Establish timeline to meet critical deadlines especially for collaborative proposals or proposals with sub recipients. Prioritize proposal workload as needed. - Liaison with other CSU departments or colleges and with sub recipients on collaborative proposals.
-Utilize OMB Uniform Guidance and CSU policies and procedures to develop budget. Requires professional knowledge of effort requirements, fringe rates, travel limitations, tuition rates, allowable supplies, service agreements, capital assets, subcontracts, indirect cost (IDC) rates, and cost share. Recommend solutions for project cost share requirements. -Advise faculty and sub recipients on sponsor guidelines to ensure budget justifications follow required format and expenses are justified adequately for specific funding agencies - Ensure appropriate personnel categories are included in proposal and budget to achieve the stated goals in the Technical portion of the proposal (i.e., Project Manager or administrative support) - Understand ramifications of proposal type on Small Business Administration requirements and the identification of post-award vendors meeting those qualifications -Create KR proposal document for University review and approval. Observe and adhere to OSP and sponsor deadlines with the understanding that late proposals result in automatic rejection. - Pre-approve Department grant proposals in Kuali Research system

Percentage Of Time 85

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Professional Development


Continually update a professional knowledge base by reviewing and analyzing professional literature, U.S. government publications, sponsor regulations and guidelines, interfacing with colleagues, and participating in local, regional and national professional development and training opportunities. Research and identify pertinent funding opportunities for Chemistry Department faculty.

Percentage Of Time 10

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Data Analysis


Create, monitor, and update record-keeping systems to compile data and prepare reports on Department grant submissions and subsequent awards. Utilize data to enhance grant submission processes and improve future proposals. Develop strategies for research management.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications completed by 11:59 PM (MT) on November 25, 2018 will receive full consideration. Complete applications must include a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Please address your related experience in your cover letter. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Kristin Berthold:

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents