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Grants Specialist and Partnership Manager

Des Moines University, Iowa

About the position

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising three colleges– College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – offering ten graduate degree programs.

In 2023 Des Moines University (DMU) relocated to a new 88-acre campus in West Des Moines, Iowa. This state-of-the-art campus includes technology-rich, flexible education spaces that support innovative teaching methods and connect faculty and students across all of our programs. Our new research facilities include a vibrant and spacious open laboratory, designed to foster collaboration and innovation.

At DMU you will make a meaningful contribution to the dynamic future of Medicine and Health Sciences. DMU is seeking a Grants Specialist and Partnership Manager. The position supports the Executive Director of Research in managing internal grant programs and partnerships. The incumbent manages the lifecycle of sponsored program administration, including identification of funding sources, grant, and contract proposal assistance, grant writing assistance, development and review, proposal submission, grant and contract negotiation, sub-award issuance, and post-award administration (both financial and non-financial) related to funding provided in the form of gifts, grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts from external funding sources (e.g., federal agencies, state agencies, private companies, or foundations) that provide support for research, teaching, and learning, and service mission of the University.

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What you'll need to apply

Resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references required at time of online submission. Apply at

Contact name

Kim Steelman

Contact email


  • Bachelor's degree required, with advanced degree desirable.
  • Three to five years as a grants administrator and related professional experience is required.
  • One year of demonstrated experience writing and editing articles.
  • Knowledge of the grant program's award criteria.
  • Experience in successfully bringing new opportunities and partnerships.