Job Description

Grand Canyon University is currently seeking an Associate Director of Grants Development.  This position is responsible for identifying research opportunities, developing contacts for research funding and developing proposals to compete for grants.  This role will primarily serve as the Grants Officer for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and for the College of Education.  It serves as the liaison to the other GCU colleges to assist them in efforts to obtain research grant funding. It also provides administrative and technical guidance and support to faculty and staff seeking outside funding for research, public service, and special sponsored institutional projects.

The position is responsible for maintaining knowledge of and responding to changes in federal government requirements, sponsor terms and conditions, shifting levels of funding, and the financial and cash management of sponsored projects. The incumbent will oversee administrative processes and execute initiatives for external funding.


  • Develop and administer SOPs for pre- and post-award management
  • Ensure compliance to all terms of research grants and contracts.  
  • Oversee the compilation of all proposals and ensure receipt of all necessary systems approvals
  • Guides and facilitates faculty and staff in the development and preparation of research proposals, contracts, sub-contracts, and agreements, to include budgets, documentation, and interpretation of funding requirements; collaborates with the Director of Contracts and Grants.
  • Develops collaborative relationships with external fund providing organizations (educational institutions, community foundations/agencies, philanthropic organizations and state/federal agencies) to develop pipeline of potential funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate, analyze, and/or develop proposals to public and private funding sources in accordance with proposal guidelines; this includes developing grant opportunity summaries, developing writing outlines, conducting grant related research and analysis, providing feedback on proposal drafts and writing grant proposals.
  • Research, analyze and identify funding opportunities in support of Colleges’ priorities and disseminate findings to appropriate College personnel and make recommendations regarding pursuit of such.
  • Assists faculty and staff with writing, reviewing, editing, and meeting guidelines for all types of University-based teaching, research, and service proposals for external funding.
  • Assists with developing and executing professional development activities for University faculty and staff to increase their knowledge and understanding of external funding and the opportunities.
  • Collaborates with accounting and other internal partners to ensure correct calculation of expenditure categories such as salaries, percent of effort, salary adjustment increases, fringe benefits, indirect costs, materials, and equipment against awarded grants.
  • Serves as a negotiator and liaison between the University, funding agencies, and contract entities; researches, drafts, and reviews formal responses to requests for proposals, quotation, contracts, and agreements.
  • Analyzes and evaluates awarded proposals, contracts, which may include clinical trial agreements, and subcontracts for compliance with funding agency, federal, state, and university requirements.
  • Prepares required acceptance documentation and obtains official university signatures; recommends approval or rejection of deviations from contract specifications.
  • Assists in the formulation of processes and procedures for negotiation of contract and grant pre-awards and post-awards to meet university requirements; researches appropriate federal, state, and local requirements to facilitate compliance by all parties; assists in arbitration and resolution of conflicting interests, as necessary.
  • Coordinates receipt of awards and contract documentation and assists in preparation of scheduled and special reports, studies and analyses.
  • Participates and/or assists in special projects, and performs associated administrative duties, as assigned.  The omission of specific duties does not preclude management from assigning duties that are logically related to this position/function.


  • Master’s Degree in Finance, Administration, Business or another relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in financial management, grants management or business systems/program management administration.
  • Two years professional writing experience, including proven success in proposal development for external funding.
  • Must be willing to travel to visit with external funding sources to develop relationships, which may require overnight or weekends.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment background investigations.
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.


GCU's Christian worldview has shaped the university's mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. The University values diversity among its students, faculty and staff, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

Only candidates who submit a resume and complete the full application will be considered - anyone without a resume will be declined automatically. For assistance with your job application please use our External Candidate Job Application Guide.

All staff and faculty candidates will be asked to review GCU’s staff or faculty expectations as part of the application process.

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Posted 30+ Days Ago

Full time


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