Grants Manager

Posted On: January 18, 2018

Hours: Full Time


Department: Development and Alumni Affairs

Reports To: Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations



This position facilitates the acquisition of grant funds from external, public, and private agencies in support of Cooper Union’s strategic priorities to advance ongoing and new initiatives, and is responsible for a broad range of activities that relate to research funding. This position is responsible for coordinating the Institution’s internal process for grant development including the pre-award planning, organization, preparation, budget review, submission, as well as the post-award administration of various grants, including the narrative and financial reporting, of a multifaceted academic institution.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Manages and oversees grants development for the Institution.
  • Develops and writes grants proposals and reports.
  • Play a proactive role in facilitating the grant preparation and submission processes
  • Coordinates organizational meetings with faculty/staff to discuss guidelines, projects, program goals and data, and assist in writing sections of proposals and reports.
  • Conducts grant research to identify appropriate grant opportunities and potential funding sources in support of the Institution and faculty. This includes reading RFPs, reviewing federal and state grant guidelines, legislative agendas, grant publications and other resources.
  • Develops, edits, and disseminates summaries of funding opportunities to the Cooper community
  • Develops and cultivates relationships with program officers from funding agencies and the private industry to increase institutional capacity to secure funding.
  • Researches, compiles, and analyzes information and data necessary for grants and reports. Develops outlines, timelines, staffing, budgets, and Institution templates for grant proposals according to funding guidelines.
  • Develops and maintains policy guidelines and grants management procedures. Advises faculty and staff to insure that grant funds are maximized and that funds awarded are spent in accordance with the guidelines provided by the funding source. Works closely with the Business Office to ensure budget guidelines are in place for grants administration.
  • Maintains necessary records, files, reports, databases, and resource materials pertinent to grant activities. Works with staff and faculty to assure that files and records of grant funded projects are kept meeting all private, federal, state and local guidelines.
  • Drafts contracts for collaborative grant and research projects.
  • Drafts correspondence and performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and VP Development and Alumni Affairs


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three to five years of experience in higher education grants management. Experience and/or certification in NSF proposal development, grant research and management, budgeting, statistical analysis, government regulations is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of grant development and administration
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Proficiency using databases and Microsoft Excel


Some evening and weekend work will be required to meet deadlines and travel may be required.

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.