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#112612 Proposal Development and Grant Writer

Extended Deadline: Mon 12/13/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Initial Review Date: 11/10/21

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/29/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/09/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

For a complete application packet, please submit a cover letter.



The Division of Extended Studies (DES) at UC San Diego is fully self-supporting, operating year-round (12 months of active instruction) with a budget of $47 million annually in primarily fee income. The unit has over 200 career employees, including academic, management, staff and executive, as well as represented and non-represented positions. Many casual or contract employees and student workers also serve in the organization. In addition, DES employs more than 1,000 active by-agreement instructors.

DES operates in 200,000 square feet of managed space, including a large off-campus classroom facility. The unit maintains a robust online learning platform, operating 24/7 with webcasting and video-conferencing capability. DES also has a strong web presence with e-commerce operating 24/7. There are over 60,000 enrollment transactions annually; 35,000 outreach certification transactions and 25,000 service transactions. DES supports a robust network of representatives, agents, and students (both residential and online) around the globe. Along with all of this, DES operates two television stations, a variety of public lecture programs and is active in federal, state, local, and private research and technical assistance programs and activities.

As of Fall 2020, the University has assumed ownership of a major downtown center for which DES is taking full financial and programming responsibility. The 66,000-square-foot building will support a rich mix of campus-based and community programs reflecting the teaching, research and public service mission of UC San Diego: classroom instruction, continuing education, arts and cultural performances, civic events and collaborative community projects.


Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Research Affairs, the Grant Writer and Advancement Liaison is responsible for handling all aspects of developing successful grant proposals including; the identification of funding opportunities and the development, writing, and submission of major grant proposals. Efforts will be primarily focused on, but not limited to, funding opportunities from federal, state, local, and private sources. Topical areas will cover all Extension programmatic areas including Pre-College, Education, Technology, Business, International Programs, and Environmental Sustainability.

Incumbent will serve as the point person for obtaining, organizing and compiling information to write/edit/compile large, multi-department and multi-institution funding submissions. Supports and advises the Division of Extended Studies in matters related to grant writing and development of gifts. Works closely and provides consultation with all unit directors in assemblage of grant and advancement opportunities for their particular unit.


  • Demonstrated successful experience writing grant applications for state, federal, and private funding.

  • Demonstrated experience working with foundations and philanthropists in co-constructing proposal development.

  • Proven success and skill at researching, analyzing and evaluating information for preparation of grant proposals.

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with contract and grant policies and issues and extramural funding programs and requirements including those of the NSF, NIH, etc.

  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation.

  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.

  • Strong skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and / or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the location's message.

  • Knowledge of the location, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.

  • Knowledge of issues in higher education, a specialized academic discipline or field and / or health sciences.

  • Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and / or web production.

  • Thorough research and fact verification skills. Strong attention to detail, project management and organizational skills.

  • Effective interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.

  • Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • Proven experience in keeping up with new requirements for grant proposals, such as formats and scientific components, of federal, state and private granting agencies.

  • Experienced in written communications that express complex or technical content in understandable terms for non-subject matter experts.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Duties may require direct contact with children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) training and form will be required.

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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