Job Opportunity: Assistant Director Proposal Development (Humanities) at the Syracuse University Humanities Center

Position Description

The Assistant Director of Proposal Development (Humanities) will advance the research mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and Syracuse University by supporting the development of grant, award, and fellowship proposals, by contributing to faculty development and recognition, by strengthening relationships with humanities funders from the local through the international level, and by participating in the development of strategic efforts to increase the research profile of Syracuse University.

The Assistant Director will work with faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences in humanities areas of inquiry, and their collaborators in other fields, coordinating both internal and externally-sponsored proposal submissions, alerting faculty to funding and opportunities, and mentoring faculty on plans to recruit funding and to attain recognition through prestigious academic awards. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director of Proposal Support Services to foster new initiatives and strategies for increasing proposal success rates and totals. The Assistant Director will assist the Associate Dean for Research and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on strategic planning for research development in the humanities. The Assistant Director will dually report to the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Art and Sciences, and to the Director of Proposal Support Services in the Office of Research.


  • PhD in humanities-relevant field. Experience with humanities-based proposal writing in excess of 10 years acceptable for applicants with relevant Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Three years of experience in collaborating with research investigators on grant proposal development. 
  • Strong preference for applicants with current or recent experience working in research institutions.


  • Identify and circulate relevant funding opportunities to faculty.
  • Facilitate and provide relevant services for the development of competitive proposal applications. Manage proposal preparation, pre-submission reviews and submission processes. Develop documents and processes to support the proposal development infrastructure. Includes working closely with faculty members and other key stakeholders on writing style and technique and the development and structure for proposals to increase competitiveness for external funding. Review proposals for consistency with the requirements of Request for Proposals (RFP) or other funder guidelines. Perform careful edits of the narrative sections of proposals to enhance the communication of ideas, support the development of management plans, and gather of letters of support and related materials.
  • Provide oversight of large grants/center-like grant proposals (including budgets, formatting, organization of external and internal reviews before submittal).
  • Participate in strategic planning for research development across the humanities. Develop and maintain consistent relationships with relevant funding agency staff and promote the relationships of faculty and funding agencies; also investigate, initiate, and nurture partnerships, networks and alliances between and among faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and SU, other institutions, and community organizations to enhance institutional research competitiveness and to catalyze new scholarly and institutional collaborations.
  • Function as liaison among deans, chairs, faculty and staff; the Office of Research, including the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Research Integrity; the Office of Sponsored Accounting; Corporate and Foundation Relations; the Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development, and academic units across the campus, with the purpose of improving processes for increasing research grants and academic honors.
  • The Assistant Director will also assist the Director of Proposal Support Services with limited submission opportunities, presentations and workshops on proposal writing, and development of training materials.
  • Manage internal seed grant programs, as well as coordinate CAS applications to University seed grant competitions.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Proposal Support Services and the Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development, provide educational workshops and in-service trainings to faculty and other research staff to refine funding search and proposal-writing skills.
  • Provide support for nominations, and assembly of nomination packages for prestigious awards for Humanities faculty.
  • Other duties as assigned.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts. A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.

Application Information

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Questions can be directed to: 
Kathleen C. Oliver
Office Coordinator Humanities Center – College of Arts & Sciences
1 (315) 443 - 7192 

301 Tolley Humanities Building 
Syracuse, NY 13244 Syracuse University