Senior Proposal Development Specialist

Georgetown University

About the organization

Georgetown University's Joint Office of Research Administration offers a full suite of pre- and post-award services to faculty across the whole university, including grant identification, proposal development and submission, award negotiation and set-up, and (in select cases) post-award grant management.

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Senior Proposal Development Specialist provides preaward support to faculty and postdoctoral fellows in all aspects of proposal development, including budget development, form completion and submission. As a major responsibility, they prepare proposal submissions for federal and non-federal funding mechanisms, including complex applications such as program projects and training grants. This specific position will support many of GU's internationally focused research programs including Global Health.

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

For preaward activities, identify, organize, facilitate, and submit the development of new, resubmission and competitive renewal research proposals for all grants and collaborative opportunities with other institutions
Provide leadership, training and oversight of the Proposal Specialist within their cluster
Support the researchers of assigned Clusters, each of which includes several departments within the Main Campus and the Medical Center
Work Interactions

Reporting directly to the Cluster Research Administrator, the Senior Proposal Development Specialist works closely with other staff members in their cluster - across the proposal specialist roles within JORA and other collaborating offices - to ensure that proposals are complete, accurate and in compliance with sponsor and institutional regulations, policies and guidelines.


Bachelor’s degree - preference for Master’s degree
5 to 7 years of experience in academic research administration
Expertise in electronic grants submissions through and other electronic portals
Knowledge of NIH funding mechanisms, including R01, P01, P30, T32 and foundation proposals
Budgeting experience in Excel
Flexibility and adaptability to accommodate ongoing changes to internal and external policies
Capacity for managing an extremely high volume of proposals and juggling multiple deadlines at once
Ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure
Excellent skills in organization and in verbal and written communication
Ability to function in a fast-paced academic setting
Proficiency with software products, including Excel, Adobe Professional and DocuSign
Experience in academic research administration and familiarity with post-award financial management
Certified Research Administration (CRA) or Certified PreAward Research Administration (CPRA)



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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