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Grants Administrator

Rhode Island School of Design
Job Title: Grants Administrator
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Rhode Island
Job Search Ends:
November 6th, 2021
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Job Summary

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is seeking a Grants Administrator to join its Research and Strategic Partnerships Department. RISD recognizes that discovery and experimentation are critical for meaningful work in art and design. RISD Research sustains the school’s culture of inquiry by offering a platform for research initiatives, providing opportunities for programming, training, and publication; and encouraging collaboration among students and faculty.

Reporting to the Director of Research, the Grants Administrator is a vital member of the RISD Research Office responsible for lifecycle grant development and management from planning to closeout. The person in this position collaborates internally with members of various departments and externally with partners in higher education, public and private agencies, industry, and the Rhode Island community. The Grants Administrator prepares proposals and budgets, seeking grant opportunities, disseminating progress and outcomes reports, and maintaining accurate records. The person in this position will be expected to work both independently and as part of a team and to develop cordial, supportive, and beneficial relationships with RISD community members. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively in a diverse and inclusive environment. This opportunity is ideal for the grants professional seeking to grow in leadership and to contribute to a renowned art + design organization that is breaking new ground in building an innovative research enterprise.

As an employer, RISD offers a supportive, collegial, and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum four years of professional experience writing and managing grants, preferably in higher education, arts organizations, or nonprofits.
  • Experience with federal and state agency, departmental, program, or nonprofit budgeting. 
  • Knowledge of UG, GAAP, PAPPG, OMB, and/or F&A rules and regulations.
  • Track record of securing public and private grants.
  • Skilled in planning work, ability to analyze, retain knowledge, show initiative, and be resourceful in locating information.
  • Strong computer skills specifically Excel.  Familiarity with Google Apps: Docs and Drive, Adobe Acrobat. Ability to learn and acclimate to new technology and tools.
  • Experience with electronic grants administration systems such as Fastlane, Grants.gov, eRA Commons.
  • Ability to read, interpret and clearly convey information from the Federal Register, sponsor guidelines, solicitations and NOFOs. 
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.
  • Ability to work with faculty members and graduate students from academic disciplines and creative practices throughout RISD to support high-quality research and competitive funding proposals.
  • Ability to promote interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, transformative, and decolonial approaches for conducting research.
  • Ability to work in and encourage forming diverse, multicultural, BIPOC research teams, partners, and collaborators.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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