Graduate Research Development Specialist - 11769BR

Graduate Research Development Specialist

Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The Hall Center's Humanities Grant Development Office (HGDO) seeks a Graduate Assistant to serve as a Research Development Specialist. This graduate assistantship provides a working experience that will benefit students professionally by providing practical experience in the emerging field of research development, especially as it relates to external funding initiatives and hands-on grant proposal development. HGDO graduate assistants are part of a dynamic team of professionals striving to achieve the HGDO's mission: To stimulate external grant and fellowship proposal development and enhance the quality of applications submitted by KU scholars engaged in humanities focused research.

Graduate Assistants are hourly graduate student employees who hold a 9 to12 month position in the HGDO at the Hall Center for the Humanities. Summer employment and annual reappointment are contingent on performance and available funding. Salary: $18.93 per hour for 20 hours of work
per week. Position qualifies Graduate Assistant for instate tuition and includes payment of one credit hour of tuition per semester.

Job Description

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT: Works closely with the Research Development Officer (RDO) and Research Development Specialist (RDS) to facilitate institutional grant applications. Works independently with faculty and graduate students to develop competitive individual fellowship applications. Works independently to monitor, compile, and analyze external funding information in order to develop funding opportunities lists and regularly email external funding opportunities tips to HGDO's constituent faculty and graduate student advisor lists. Works directly with individual faculty members and faculty research teams to tailor funding opportunities searches to their research needs. Works closely with Principle Investigators to compile and organize information in support of grant and fellowship proposals. Works with grant/fellowship submission details such as reviewing, proofreading, and editing grant and fellowship application components, filling out forms, making photocopies and scans, and mailing grant applications; may deliver and pick up grant and fellowship related materials at various locations around campus. Maintains HGDO's website and email distribution lists, and tracks grant-related data in the relevant databases.
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANCE: Works with the RDS to provide limited graduate student services,
including preparing and teaching general and discipline specific grant development workshops and
leading grant-related seminars, as may be required.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED: This position description indicates the general nature and level of work for this position; it is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties required.

Required Qualifications

  1. KU graduate enrollment: To qualify, applicants must be accepted into a KU doctoral program and enrolled in at least six credit hours during the fall/spring semesters; or, after successful completion of the doctoral comprehensive examination and all other Graduate Studies and departmental requirements for candidacy to the doctoral degree and completing eighteen post-comprehensive credit hours, must be enrolled in at least one dissertation, thesis, or equivalent credit hour at KU.
  2. Ability to work 20 hours per week in 5-to-6 hour daily increments between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday as indicated in application materials.
  3. Application materials demonstrate exceptional written communication and editing skills.
  4. Application materials indicate work experience requiring competent computer expertise, specifically with word processing, database, spreadsheet, and online applications.
  5. Teaching experience as stated in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. KU ABD graduate student in a humanities or humanities-relate discipline.
  2. Strong interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work collaboratively.
  3. Application materials indicate experience in grant/fellowship proposal development.
  4. Application materials indicate experience using Macintosh and the Microsoft Office Suite, as well as database and web browser applications.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Online application is required. To apply, fill out the online form and upload all required materials, including:
1. Cover letter indicating your interest and describing your qualifications.
2. Full CV, including the names and contact information for three references.
3. A short writing sample (no more than 3 pages).

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application review has been extended to June 25, 2018 and will continue until an applicant pool has been identified.

Estimated start date is: July 16, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ashley Carlson

Advertised Salary Range

$18.93 / hour

Anticipated Start Date


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Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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