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Research Development Specialist (multiple positions)

Apply now Job no: 518836
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Research & Innovation
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, anticipate $75,000-$85,000
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General Summary of Position:

The Research Development Specialist is responsible for developing proposals, providing and managing research development activities, and coordinating teams who are developing proposals and research projects. The individual will work closely with faculty, researchers, and other stakeholders to identify funding opportunities, develop proposals, and manage the grant application process. This position requires an understanding of research methodologies, grant development strategies, federal, state, and philanthropic sponsor requirements, and project management skills.

About Lowell and UMass Lowell:

Located just 25 miles north of Boston, Lowell is a vibrant, diverse city with a rich history and a thriving arts and culture scene. The city boasts numerous museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as a bustling downtown area with shops, restaurants, and cafes. UMass Lowell is a rapidly growing research university with a strong research portfolio in areas such as biotechnology, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, social justice, and community health. UML’s diverse student body tops 18,000 and more than 40% of our undergrads are first-generation college students. UMass Lowell is an AANAPISI, is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and has a strong track record of supporting staff development and promoting a welcoming and inclusive campus community.

If you are an experienced research development professional with a passion for driving growth and innovation in a dynamic research environment, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity to help shape the future of research at UMass Lowell.


Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM, Communications, Humanities, or Social Sciences, or related field. (Will consider candidates with HS Diploma or GED/equivalent plus 7-10 years of directly related experience.)
  • 3+ years of experience in research development, grant writing, and/or research communications
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Proven track record of secure funding for research initiatives
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Knowledge of research funding agencies and the grant proposal process
  • Experience facilitating meetings, leading teams, and collaborating with stakeholders across an organization
  • Experience in data analytics, budget development, and project management
  • Knowledge of research compliance regulations

Additional Considerations:

  • Excellent negotiation, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with constantly changing priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with a variety of constituencies
  • Excellent professional written and verbal skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in related field
  • 5+ years of research grant writing in a university setting
  • Graphics design experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This is an SEIU Professional Union position, Grade P19. Some flexibility in remote/hybrid work may be possible.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.      

Please include a resume, cover letter and writing sample with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

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