Technical Grant Writer

The College of New Jersey in New Jersey

Deadline December 12, 2013
Date Posted November 21, 2013
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The School of Science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applications for a new Technical Grant Writer position, starting in early 2014.  The position is a full-time, 12-month staff position.  To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff members, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.


The grant writer will support the School of Science by working with the dean, faculty members, and staff members on the development, writing/editing, and submission of competitive grant proposals to external funding agencies. The grant writer will work on faculty-based research proposals, major cross-cutting proposals, and department-based proposals. Specific duties of the position include the following:


  1. Works with the dean, faculty members, and staff members on (a) idea/project/concept development, (b) writing/editing/reviewing, and (c) submission of competitive grant      proposals to external funding agencies.
  2. Establishes liaison and maintains cooperative working relationships with other staff members,  offices, and/or organizations whose functions impact on assigned responsibilities.
  3. Compiles and analyzes statistical, financial, and other data.
  4. Prepares clear, technically sound, accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  5. Attends and participates in on-campus and off-campus meetings, conferences, and/or  events related to assigned responsibilities.
  6. Prepares  correspondence.
  7. Plans,  schedules, markets, and supervises grant-writing program events (e.g., training, seminars, workshops, etc.).
  8. Other duties may be assigned.


Education and Experience

Candidates should have a Masters degree, from an accredited college or university, in a scientific discipline(s) or in a field related to the functions of the position. Other backgrounds will be considered as well, including candidates with doctoral degrees, ABD status, and those with baccalaureate degrees and a minimum of six years of relevant experience.


The successful candidate will have a deep understading of science and the complexities of effectively communicating science to different audiences, as well as deep experience with technical writing, including the preparation of succesful grant proposal applications.


Preferred Qualifications

The Grant Writer will report directly to the Dean of the School of Science.  Qualifications for the position and personal attributes desired in the successful candidate include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques essential to the preparation of successful  scientific grant proposals, which integrate technical and persuasive writing skills.  In particular, the      individual in this position must have knowledge of science and the complexities of effectively communicating science to different audiences.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize assigned work, analyze problems, and develop appropriate work methods.  The ability to multi-task      and handle several different duties simultaneously.
  • Ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate and informative reports and correspondence containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations. 
  • Ability to use computers and computer software with ease (including Microsoft Word, Excel; web-based tools, and similar software), and the ability and flexibility to learn new skills as different duties may arise.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.  At times, the work is fast-paced, sometimes with long hours and with tight deadlines.  The position requires an individual who can handle this type of high-intensity work environment,  and, at the same time, who can work in a collegial and calm manner, while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a broad range of individuals, groups,  and personality types.


To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit (a) a letter of application highlighting her/his interest and qualifications, (b) a current resume/curriculum vitae, (c) 3-4 current writing samples, and (d) a list of 3-5 current references (names, position titles, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses).  All materials should be submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, but must be received by December 12, 2013 in order to receive full consideration.


Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and prescription, as well as generous sick and vacation leave.



About the School of Science

TCNJs School of Science provides a high quality and challenging education for undergraduate students, offering studies in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. Our programs emphasize the excitement of scientific discovery and the importance of science to society. Students interact with outstanding teacher-scholars as mentors, instructors, and advisors, and study and learn in modern, well-equipped facilities. Faculty members integrate comprehensive undergraduate research experiences into their scholarship, actively preparing students to meet future career or graduate school goals.


The School of Science comprises five academic departments (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics), 75 full-time faculty members, and 11 staff members.  Approximately 1,200 undergraduate students are enrolled as majors in the School of Sciences various programs, and the School teaches over 15,000 students annually in a broad spectrum of liberal learning courses, support courses, and major courses. For more information about the School, visit


About TCNJ

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Emphasizing a residential experience for its approximately 6,000 undergraduates, TCNJ is one of Barrons 75 Most Competitive American colleges, and U.S. News & World Reports No. 1 public institution of its kind in the northern region of the country. The College also offers focused graduate programs in Nursing, Education, and English. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJs seven schools—Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ faculty members are teacher-scholars who share a commitment to liberal learning. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The Colleges campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. TCNJ has 39 major buildings, including the 4th-best college library in the nation, according to the Princeton Review. For more information about TCNJ, visit


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