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Grants Specialist

Framingham State University
Job Title: Grants Specialist
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July 16th, 2022

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Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs. Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about 4,000 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate and professional students. FSU offers 35 bachelor's degrees with 55 specialized concentrations, 63 minors, and 26 master's degree programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our community takes pride in empowering student success by providing a superior education, leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience.

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence, encouraging a supportive, diverse and collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity and that we are the only public institution in Massachusetts recognized in 2018, 2019, and 2020. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and truth moral." Principal Bagnall found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.

Learn more about our career opportunities at www.framingham.edu/careers.


Job Description:



Responsibilities of this position are to assist the Director in identifying public and private funders, disseminating funding information to the university community, and preparing and submitting grant proposals to meet the strategic priorities and goals of Framingham State University. The position also includes working closely with awarded grant program staff and faculty to ensure accurate programmatic reporting and compliance on all grants. The full range of skills and responsibilities relevant to private and public fund-raising are required for this position, including strong writing, verbal communication, and analytical capacities. ert text]


Work with student intern and office administrator, as assigned.


Reports to Director, Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs. Weekly meetings with Director. Regular email correspondence on important topics and about assignments and projects.


  • Identify and research private and public funding sources for University needs;
  • Inform university community about grant opportunities, awards, and activities;
  • Communicate with program officers and visit funders to match University priorities with funder interests;
  • Attend workshops and bidders' conferences for prospective grant projects;
  • Provide assistance to faculty and staff on interpreting guidelines and regulations related to the submission and administration of grant projects;
  • Coordinate and set the agenda for meetings to develop project ideas;
  • Develop proposals, including research and composition;
  • Facilitate submission of grant proposals;
  • Facilitate submission of progress reports for grants and work with Business Office on post-award tasks;
  • Prepare specific stewardship materials as needed including letters, briefing materials. and special documents;
  • Help maintain grants calendar, office analytics, office procedures, budget templates, and office webpage;
  • Help maintain process for grant compliance and tracking (including Time and Effort forms)
  • Represent Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs on various university ad hoc and standing committees as appropriate; and,
  • Account for ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions in areas of responsibility.


Most work conducted in typical office environment on Framingham State campus. Position may be eligible for partial remote work opportunities consistent with the University's Staff Telework Guidelines.



  • Bachelor's degree
  • Previous experience writing grant proposals
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word Office software applications
  • Ability to work effectively in a high volume deadline-oriented environment


  • Three or more years of relevant grant writing experience in which the applicant was the primary author of significant proposals to a variety of agencies, both public and private
  • Graduate Degree
  • Experience in higher education
  • Familiarity with funders in New England.


Additional Information:


This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position in the Association of Professional Administrators (APA) bargaining unit with a title of Staff Associate. The salary range is $54,000 - 59,500.

It is the policy of Framingham State University that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster if eligible, before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by FSU, to be verified after a verbal offer of employment has been accepted, and before employment begins. Prospective employees may submit a request for a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to Human Resources. Furthermore, FSU employees must wear a mask inside certain campus spaces.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Instructions:


Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement*
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by July 4, 2022. However, applications may continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or humanresources@framingham.edu.


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