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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The goal of the Business Relationship, Grant, and Proposal Manager (BRGPM) is to assist in the securing and processing of the relationships and proposals necessary to creating and sustaining two information technology centers at the University of Michigan, School of Information (UMSI): the “2G Lab” and the Data4Good center (the “centers”).  The BRGPM works with the Executive Fellow (EF), the UMSI Development team and the UMSI Research office to manage the follow-up and relationship building for small-target grants and corporate philanthropy strategies for these centers. 

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  • Become familiar with federal, state, foundation and corporate grant opportunities (e.g., Requests for Application), investigate their appropriateness, work with investigative faculty and staff members of the University of Michigan, School of Information (UMSI) 2G Lab and Data4Good center (the “centers”), and write grant proposals for the consideration of state and federal agencies and private foundations.
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare selected sections for grant proposals. Work with faculty investigators to delegate and assign tasks to meet grant submission deadlines.
  • Develop, write, edit, synthesize, consolidate or rewrite proposal input; assist in development of proposals with emphasis on sponsor/grant identification and budget preparation (with the research grant team).
  • Persuasively communicate the proposed research to granting organizations.  Craft funding proposals that are clear, compelling, and in a succinct manner
  • Perform prospective research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Maintain grant-tracking system to ensure timely submission of proposals and accurate records of submittal and follow-up dates. Work with UMSI Research office, project leaders and administrators to track proposals and help develop project budgets.
  • Consult with individual UMSI faculty and staff to strengthen grant proposals by way of improved design, methodologies, collaborations, letters of endorsement, and use of University resources. Conduct appropriate outreach to investigators to better understand their needs
  • Coordinate grant and proposal writing activities with the centers leadership, UMSI Development staff, and UMSI Research Office staff. 
  • Assist in meeting funding goals that support the mission of the centers and UMSI.
  • Work with the EF, Development and Research to define and implement grant strategies and objectives. 
  • Work with the Dean’s office and other departments to coordinate and inform on these activities. 
  • Coordinate the EF, Faculty, Development and student/intern roles and time, in support of establishing the centers.
  • Work with managers to ensure appropriate grant follow up. 
  • Work with the EF and other Research and Development staff to assist with developing annual projections and report quarterly on progress against goals/program needs. 
  • Understands and complies with all UM gift-related policies and procedures and ensures ethical, policy and process compliance.
  • Position has reporting responsibilities to a faculty Executive Fellow.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education.
  • Considerable experience in grant and proposal writing, business relationship management, communications, or related field.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, analytical, and research skills are essential.
  • Strong relationship building and follow-up skills.
  • Knowledge of writing administrative sections of grants.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to work remotely, as needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies and where to obtain expertise when needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to work cooperatively with the centers faculty members and staff.
  • Basic familiarity with information and technology sector and research methodologies.
  • Significant track record of writing successful grant proposals, particularly in technology and information research.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong personal computer skills; facility with Microsoft Office applications.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree or higher in information technology or related field.
  • Prior experience with successful government and corporate grants.
  • Experience with psychiatric research.
  • 3-5 year track record of successful grant fundraising.
  • Knowledge of guidelines, rules, and procedures governing the writing and submission of grant proposals within the University of Michigan.
  • Knowledge of corporate and foundation funding sources.

Work Schedule

Work schedule is flexible with up to 25 hours per week. Hours per day may vary based on project needs.   This position is expected to start around April and last for a minimum of 6 months, with the possibility to extend up to 12 months, pending funding.  May turn into a full-time, longer-term position depending on the success of the grant and funding campaigns.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.