Funding for biomedical research is evolving. Increasingly, sponsors are requiring collaboration across multiple disciplines to support innovative solutions to healthcare. As such, researchers must effectively partner life science approaches with physical and engineering sciences approaches. McAllister & Quinn’s Healthcare practice team is diversifying to address these new expectations.
The new Director of Grants and Federal Affairs specialize in grant consulting and strategic advising in the fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth science, materials science, mathematics and statistics, and engineering, among others, as well as interdisciplinary fields.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Director will report directly to the Team Lead in the Healthcare Practice to support the execution of grant seeking strategies for clients within the practice area. The Director will provide research support to the client handlers within these practice areas and will work with other team members across the firm’s other core practice areas as appropriate.
The Director will be expected to deliver quality results with strong attention to detail in a fast-paced environment with fixed deadlines. The Director will help maintain solid professional relationships with firm clients and will emphasize and focus on customer service. The Director is also expected to have a proactive problem-solving mentality, positive attitude, confident presentation skills, and diligent client interaction capabilities.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Support Managing Directors and Directors to prepare for regular updates with client points of contact. This may include scheduling; developing agendas and preparing client team for monthly leadership calls; preparing materials for annual updates; etc.
- Report to and work directly with Managing Directors to assist with research, development, planning, and execution of grant seeking strategies for clients for the firm’s Healthcare Practice.
- Lead document management efforts, including performing regular and timely updates.
- Occasional client-related travel outside of Washington, D.C. will be required, including client campus visits and conference participation.
- Assist in the creation and delivery of grantsmanship workshops, webinars, and other training focused on the primary funders of life, physical, and engineering science research.
- Assist with business development activities, including researching and developing profiles of potential clients, preparing pitch materials and crafting proposals.
- Prospect for grant opportunities and create tailored and strategic research plans for clients based on their interests and needs and capacity. Obtain and retain extensive working knowledge of the most client-relevant federal grant programs across agencies such as DOE, NSF, NIH, NASA, DoD, DOT, EDA, DOC, EPA, USDA and others.
- Conduct comprehensive scientific literature searches / reviews to support Managing Directors with client project ideation and ongoing project refinement. Analyze and develop summary reports on key findings.
- Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage and report life, physical, and engineering science research, grant and legislative trends. Track appropriations and authorizing legislation for federal research and development programs to identify new funding streams. Develop in-depth technical analyses of current and forecasted funding opportunities. Report findings to internal team through oral briefings, written guidance, or training sessions.
- Assist in developing 2-year sponsored research work plans for client points of contact and investigators. Define goal(s), milestones and deliverables; negotiate mutually agreed upon success measures.
- Assist in the coordination and management of client training cohorts, including managing activity timelines, monitoring participant deliverable requests and supervising communications.
- Assist in coordinating and managing proposal development teams (e.g. subject matter experts, generalists, grant writers and reviewers, copy editors, scientific illustrators, etc.). As needed, serve as the liaison between the investigator(s) and the proposal development team. Serve as key administrative point of contact for project managing complex, center-level grant projects. These may include projects with budgets greater than $20 M.
Minimum Requirements and Qualifications
- Must have a four-year baccalaureate degree in the physical or engineering science fields or related. Master’s degree and above preferred.
- Three to five years of prior work experience. Special consideration will be given to professionals that have worked in an academic research setting. Federal agency grant making experience, especially with DOE, DoD, NSF, NASA, and USDA a plus.
- Strong knowledge of the scientific method and research methods in the physical and engineering science fields.
- Superior research skills, including: critical thinking; problem solving; synthesizing; and initiative.
- Excellent writing, organizational, communication, and inter-personal skills; including the ability to report and deliver information to diverse audiences.
- Superior attention to detail; independence; and strong project management and planning skills.
- Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint; Excel; Word; Outlook.
- Familiarity with meeting software, including GoToMeeting; WebEx; Blue Jeans; Zoom; Skype for Business.
- Experience with project and database management software, such as SmartSheet; Microsoft Project, Adobe Systems / Acrobat a plus.
- Knowledge, background with data visualization principles, tools, and techniques a plus.
- Language requirements: English