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Iowa State University Grants Specialist II in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:

Grants Specialist II

Job Group:

Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Quals:

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with proposal submission processes., Experience managing projects., Experience with analyzing, consolidating and interpreting accounting data., Experience with developing, preparing and managing budgets including subcontracts., Experience with federal contracts and grants., Experience working in a university setting.

Job Description:

The Grants Specialist will manage all pre-award functions and post-award amendments for grants and contracts within the College of Engineering for the Engineering Research Institute. Duties include collaborating, advising, and assisting faculty in the preparation of proposals for federal and non-federal agencies; development and preparation of proposal budgets including subcontracts; establishing timelines; initiating, routing, and approving Goldsheets; applying editorial expertise and formatting requirements; and utilizing extensive experience in grant and contract submissions to interact with funding agencies and resolve questions that arise during preparation. This position will coordinate post-award amendments on contracts and grants, including rebudgets and extensions.

In addition this position will also be responsible for overseeing other staff members in the department and leading financial oversight on projects and federal initiatives.
The successful candidate will possess strong organizational skills in coordinating multidisciplinary teams to develop complex applications. This position will require additional hours on occasion to meet submission deadlines. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

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Full time

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Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:

December 22, 2020

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Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.


Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email 

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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