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Proposal Manager

University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland

Position Description:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

The University of Maryland seeks an experienced Proposal Development Manager (PDM) to join its Research Development Office team. The PDM will work under the direction of the Senior Proposal Development Manager, in coordination with the Associate Vice President for Research Development, to facilitate and execute the scientific and administrative development of complex, visible, and signature research and fellowship proposals from ideation to submission. The incumbent will work closely with principal and co-investigators, department and college leadership teams and business offices, relevant stakeholders in the Division of Research and the Graduate School, and other groups in: coordinating and preparing proposals; assessing project fit and refining responsiveness of the proposal; conducting select outreach to external stakeholders, team members, and sponsors; and providing specialized services to enhance the competitiveness of the submission.

The PDM’s duties will include, but are not limited to, the following types of funding opportunities:
  • Large-scale, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research projects and center-level proposals
  • Signature, defining research opportunities for the University, College/School, Center, or Department
  • Nationally prominent agency/foundation single-PI opportunities that would be catalytic for the investigator’s career advancement
  • Applications to competitive graduate fellowship opportunities.
  • Applications to foundation, corporate, and government sponsors with which the University of Maryland desires to create or enhance long-term, strategic research partnerships


  • Master’s degree in relevant scientific or research intensive discipline (e.g., engineering, natural or applied sciences, communication, etc.).
  • With a minimum of (5) five years of relevant proposal development experience in the public or private sectors. Excellent writing and communications skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant scientific or research intensive discipline (e.g., engineering, natural or applied sciences, communication, etc.) with two years’ graduate work (i.e., completion of qualifying examinations or research component).
  • With a minimum of (7) seven years of proposal development experience in the public or private sectors.
  • Experience in writing, editing, and managing large collaborative research proposal efforts, such as grant proposals or federal procurement; working in an engineering, science or technology research-related organization; project management and supervisory principles and practices; working within and leading a team; problem solving and conflict resolution; managing multiple, diverse projects and meeting deadlines; organizing presentations; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Intermediate to advanced user of Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of a diversity of state and federal funding agencies and policies, including rules and regulations pertaining to research activities; experience navigating and using federal proposal systems (such as,, NSpires, NSF Fastlane, NIH Commons); business development principles.
  • Ability to work with teams of faculty, research engineers/scientists and staff with diverse work styles.
  • Adept at building strong relationships with principal investigators and delivering client-focused solutions.
  • Good time management skills with the ability to independently multi-task in the simultaneous development of two or more proposals in a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Effective communicator both in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to make and implement decisions that impact proposal competitiveness.
  • Ability to identify the best approach to reach different audiences and to reframe communications based on that understanding.
  • Ability to learn about a new discipline rapidly and infer likely future directions.
  • Ability to assess proposed project fit to the solicitation and the funding agency.
  • PhD or graduate work in engineering, applied sciences or relevant proposal development fields.
  • Experience developing or contributing to proposals for contracted research through agencies like the NSFDOJNEHNIHDOD.
  • Evidence of success in producing large research proposals that received multi-million, multiyear funding or other publications utilizing editing, writing, and creative skills.
  • Creative, dedicated, accountable, and invested in the land-grant university mission.
  • Experience working with prestigious fellowship programs.

To Apply:

A resume and cover letter are required for consideration for the position. Please visit this website to apply for the position, and for more information regarding the position. 


Applications submitted by March 13, 2021 will be given priority during review, but the application will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.