Development & Grant Writing Specialist

Work location is undetermined and negotiable. Travel to all univ. campuses expected.
$46,000 to $52,000
Jul 29, 2019
Aug 28, 2019
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The Maine Geospatial Institute (MGI; see for background about the Institute) seeks a Development and Grant Writing Specialist (hereafter “Specialist”) to organize development activities including assisting with preparation of grant proposals to secure funding for general operating and research needs of the MGI. The selected applicant will work with the MGI Executive Committee to research and recommend funding opportunities, coordinate collaborative proposal development, prepare and manage proposal submissions, and assist with development of a proposal development plan reflective of the Institute’s long-term goals. The Specialist will assist the Committee in identifying appropriate university, industry, agency, community, and NGO collaborators within and beyond Maine. The Specialist will assume at least half of the proposal writing and preparation responsibilities in collaboration with PIs, with the proportion of preparation and writing responsibilities shared to be determined as appropriate with each proposal. Work is performed under broad direction of the MGI Executive Committee, with many of the tasks completed independently or in collaboration with MGI PIs. The Specialist reports directly to the Executive Committee Chair.

This position is a two-year fixed-length.  Renewal of this position is dependent on future, continued funding. 

The work location is undetermined and negotiable at this time.  Travel to all seven of the university campuses is expected.

Typical hiring range is $46,000 to $52,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications plus a 10% employer contribution to the UMS retirement plan.   Additional benefits include medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents.  The UMS is a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award and offers a wellness program.

Review of applications begins immediately.  For full consideration materials must be submitted by August 19, 2019.  Applications received after that date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

About the University:

Established in 1968, the University of Maine System is the state’s largest educational enterprise. It has an annual enrollment of nearly 30,000 students and positively impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of Mainers each year through its educational and cultural offerings as well as outreach and public service to individuals, businesses, organizations and policymakers. The System has an estimated $1.5 billion total statewide economy impact each year, a return of $7.50 for every dollar of State appropriation. Two-thirds of its alumni—approximately 120,000 people—live in Maine. The University of Maine System is accessible with seven universities—some with multiple campuses—located across the state, as well as a law school, an additional 31 course sites, and Cooperative Extension. The University of Maine System Chancellor’s office is located in Estabrooke Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono. System-wide services and governance employees work from campuses across the state.



  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of three years of program development experience, with a proven successful record in grant writing, fundraising, and program development
  • Demonstrated proficiency with office productivity software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, database management)
  • Ability to travel (some overnight) within and outside of Maine


Experience working in a deadline-driven environment and able to handle multiple assignments

  • Effectiveness in working collaboratively and independently as needed
  • Experience organizing and facilitating tasks requiring teamwork and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to manage budgets and prepare financial reports
  • Ability to prepare formative and summative project evaluations
  • Ability to prepare project reports
  • Experience developing and managing databases, searching online resources, and preparing summaries of these resources and databases
  • Able to monitor team progress and redirect activity as need to meet fundraising goals
  • Familiarity with web content management

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application (which includes contact information for 3 references); upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position

2.) a resume/curriculum vitae

Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of  Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME  04469 207-581-1226.  TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).