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Head of Proposal Development

Company: The University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:



The National Advanced Driving Simulator research center at the University of Iowa seeks a collaborative and self-motivated research professional to facilitate the sustainability of an externally funded research center through contract/grant exploration and development and preparation of multi-disciplinary intra-college contracts. The NADS research support specialist is a vital member of the team, with responsibilities that include:



  • identifying funding opportunities

  • working with management to define a strategic approach to winning funding

  • organizing and writing original content to win competitive proposals for industry and government contracts, grants, and other funding sources

  • coordinating with principal investigators (PIs) and research professionals to organize and oversee the proposal development effort

  • Coordinating external publications on research including research journal articles, trade publications, news articles, marketing brochures and social media content.



    About the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS):

    We are a self-sustained transportation safety research center in the University of Iowa's College of Engineering. Funded by government and industry, NADS utilizes its suite of world-class driving simulators and instrumented on-road vehicles to conduct research studies for the private and public sectors. Our faculty, staff, and students research the connection between drivers, motor vehicles, and road users with the mission to improve safety. Our research evolves with industry trends as well as the needs of our local and global communities, and our professional staff follow this evolution with a sustained mentality of continuous learning and teamwork. We are located on the University of Iowa Oakdale Campus in Coralville, IA.

    Qualifications include, but are not limited to:



    • Bachelor's degree in humanities, journalism, urban & regional planning, communication studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

    • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills demonstrated by the ability to effectively and accurately share, receive, and interpret information from diverse audiences, including potential sponsors and media.

    • Ability to read, interpret and comprehend project solicitations/requests for proposal documentation and experience with contract/grant writing processes.

    • Demonstrated self-motivation and strong initiative to organize teams and hold individuals to agreed-upon timelines.



      University employees are encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance and have access to generous benefits. These include flexible work schedules, professional development, a monthly vacation accrual of 16 hours (two days), and other excellent benefits that are competitive with private businesses. We encourage you to review our benefits summary here. The University of Iowa is committed to providing opportunities for faculty and staff employees to Build a Career - Build a Life. The University of Iowa is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) and is ranked as one of the nation's best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways with a regional airport 30 minutes away. It is designated the world's third City of Literature (UNESCO, 2008). It is a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities, excellent public K-12 schools, and a history of international connections.

      The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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