Niagara University
  • Niagara University, NY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

OUTSTANDING BENEFITS UNLIKE ANY OTHER. Low-cost health benefits, 8% 403b contribution, free tuition at Niagara University for you and eligible immediate family members, tuition exchange at other designated universities for eligible dependent children, generous holidays (20 days annually), PTO, and ½ day Fridays throughout the summer. Campus life is vibrant and offers free parking, on-site dining options, and fresh coffee at Tim Horton's and Starbucks, all in a beautiful park-like setting.

Niagara University is a liberal arts university, steeped in the Vincentian and Catholic traditions, with a total enrollment of nearly 4,300 students. Located just a few miles away from one of the world's premier tourism destinations, Niagara Falls, the university occupies a lovely campus overlooking the Niagara River gorge. Its close proximity to major cultural and business centers in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Toronto as well as the award-winning Niagara Wine Trail and several nearby cultural destinations make Niagara University an ideal place to work and live. If you'd like to know more, be sure to check out all of the NU Facts.


The Director of Pre-Award provides the leadership and oversight of a comprehensive system for obtaining external grant support for institutional priorities and faculty research. The office conducts prospect research and prepares new proposals at Niagara University. The Director provides overall management in all these areas collaborating with senior administrators and faculty to identify funding needs and prepare successful grant applications. This position has a remote working option (2 days per week).



  • Identify grants/grant cycles
  • Engage faculty/CBOs/School Districts
  • Writing assistance/Proposal Development/Writing
  • Work with internal teams on grant applications
  • Training and workshops
  • Maintain eligibility and compliance
  • Grant review and submission
  • Co-chairs Internal Research Council

  • Promote and improve grant seeking across campus and lead a customer service culture in the Office of Sponsored Programs to support Niagara University programs and projects

  • Participates in the process of preparing and writing highly competitive, technical, and/or complex academic grant proposals/applications.

  • Provide leadership in pre-award activities including grant proposal development, support, writing, and submission of proposals

  • Assists with determining proposal concepts by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs. Studies requests for proposal (RFPs). Attends strategy meetings with faculty and other stakeholders. Provides assistance on proposal preparation

  • As part of the grant team, monitor and communicate with faculty and administrators about opportunities in grant development as well as policies and procedures related to mandated compliance issues and best practices in grant management

  • Provide faculty and administrators with support related to the articulation and development of fundable research agendas, the search for appropriate funding opportunities, proposal preparation, and budget development

  • As part of the grant team, work with stakeholders across the university to evaluate, formulate, and implement policies and procedures that promote research across the university and to assure responsible growth and administration of sponsored activity

  • Interprets and follows sponsor regulations, requirements, guidelines and instructions. Meets proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, and approval. Coordinates requirements with contributors. Contributes proposal status information to review meetings

  • Conduct research and provide technical support to faculty and administrators in the identification and solicitation of potential funding opportunities to meet institutional needs and the funding requirements of academic and individual faculty members

  • Develop, write, and present proposals, reports, and institutional correspondence in support of public and private grants and initiate, prepare, review, and submit proposals (including budgets) to external funders

  • Remain abreast of trends in sponsored programs and foundation relations and funding

  • Represent the office across the Niagara University campus and in the broader community as requested and appropriate

  • Regularly review office operations, liaison relationships and campus policies/ procedures and coordinate improvements and updates as dictated by changing and evolving best practices aligned with funder rules and regulations

  • Communicate effectively with AVP concerning pertinent matters

  • Perform other duties as requested or as related and/or dictated by responsibilities


% of Time

65% Lead continuum of pre-award activities with primary responsibility including research, writing and proposal development, submission

15% Campus training and + technical assistance

15% Develop and implement cultivation and proposal submission/management projection plans, technical assistance materials, policy and procedure improvements and grant compliance and office operations excellence strategies

5% Represent the office and university with potential funders, current funders, community partners, on and off-campus stakeholders, and with the professional sponsored programs, and foundation relations community


  1. Ability to develop and execute strategies for leading and overseeing a comprehensive system of obtaining grant support for institutional priorities and faculty research

  1. Knowledge of all Federal, State, and Foundation grant online portals for submission and reporting (CFA,,, etc.)

  1. Maintain eligibility and monitor compliance with all external funding

  1. Ability to increase grant funding for faculty scholarship and institutional needs and to improve proposal development and skills and capacities across campus

  1. Knowledge and experience to conduct comprehensive public, corporate and foundation research activities

  1. Knowledge of grants development and management including working knowledge of compliance, fiscal and other critical areas of administration

  1. Ability to creatively conceptualize programs and to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing

  1. Aptitude and skill to work effectively, developing and sustaining working relationships with public and private funders

  1. Demonstrate ability to work effectively and comfortably under deadlines, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and occasionally work outside normal business hours

  1. Demonstrable understanding of federal compliance and grant administrative and fiscal management regulations

  1. Familiar with financial concepts and basic budgeting and cost accounting standards

  1. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment

  1. Strong organizational, oral, and written communication skills.

  1. Proven track record of funded grant submissions

  1. Must possess a strong work ethic and unquestioned personal integrity


  1. Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree strongly preferred;

  1. A minimum of five years of experience in grant development, grant management and/or philanthropy is required, preferably in an academic or foundation setting;

  1. Demonstrated experience managing complex projects with multiple diverse stakeholders;

  1. Demonstrated experience with major grant management systems

Niagara University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, pregnancy-related condition, ex-offender status, military status, veteran status, disability or any other category protected by law.

The university also does not tolerate any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a sincere and valid concern regarding harassment, and/or retaliation is, therefore, strictly prohibited. This statement protects and covers the conduct of all employees without regard to job title or status.

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