Sponsored Research Proposal Editor, Classification I, 100% FTE, Exempt
School of Engineering, Engineering Research Administration (ERA)
Engineering Research Administration (ERA) within the School of Engineering (SoE) seeks a Sponsored Research Proposal Editor to assist faculty who are submitting research proposals, most commonly to federal sponsors. The editor will report to the assistant director of ERA. The proposal editor will focus on assistant professors, as assistant professors are relatively unfamiliar with proposal writing. S/he will provide writing support and partner with faculty to focus and refine proposals that are critical to a successful start for our newest professors.
The SoE is one of the top-rated engineering schools in the world and one of the largest academic units within Stanford University. The schools mission is to seek solutions to important global problems and to educate leaders who will turn great ideas into real changes. To help SoE push the frontiers of modern science and engineering and ultimately make the world a better place, SoE relies heavily on research funding.
The school currently has over 250 principal investigators from nine different departments. Collectively, the engineering faculty submit an average of 45 proposals per month, with high volume throughout the year. Assistant professors collectively submit an average of 5 proposals per month. Proposals range greatly in size and scope.
As subject matter experts, faculty are responsible for drafting the technical components of their proposals. The proposal editor will proofread to correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax, edit to improve readability, and develop and incorporate illustrations to improve the overall presentation. The proposal editor will also refine arguments to ensure that the research work is persuasively conveyed.
The Sponsored Research Proposal Editor will have the following specific responsibilities:
Meet with faculty to gain an understanding of the proposals technical research.
Meet with ERA staff to understand the proposals submittal requirements and timeline.
Proofread draft proposals to correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
Edit proposals to improve readability.
Develop and incorporate illustrations to improve visual presentation.
Refine arguments to ensure the research work is persuasively conveyed.
Collaborate with subject-matter experts (faculty) to finalize or update technical proposal sections.
Maintain compliance with solicitation requirements.
Work with ERA staff to project forthcoming proposal volume/schedules.
Work with ERA staff to incorporate technical proposal into final submission.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Masters degree in science and technical journalism, science and technical writing, or a technical field desired.
Previous experience with grant proposal development desired.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience writing and editing technical proposals for federal and non-federal sponsors.
Experience writing and editing material in a wide range of engineering disciplines.
Ability to produce quality writing within a compact, intensive timeframe.
Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with coworkers, faculty, students and staff.
Excellent time and project management skills.
Expert-level abilities in Microsoft Office, particularly MS Word.
Proficiency in Adobe Premiere, including Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Photoshop.
Knowledge of LaTex (or similar tool) for the construction of mathematical formulas.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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