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Job Req ID:  19332

Grant Writer & Editor, Research Development


In 2017, the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) created an Institution-wide Research Development Team (RDT), to help faculty enhance their research competitiveness, catalyze new research and institutional collaboration, and design and implement strategic services for faculty and researchers seeking external funding at Johns Hopkins. This position will work with faculty and staff in the design, content and preparation of sponsored project proposals in accordance with sponsor standards and   requirements.

Participates in writing narrative sections and edits narrative drafts, particularly those that require technical expertise and awareness of education trends and issues. Assists with graphic selection and proposal layout.


Note: This position is not benefits eligible.


The Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the Job:

  • Communicate information of a highly complex nature in a clear, precise, and compelling way; write technical information in a way that a non-technical person can understand it.
  • Proof, standardize, and edit proposal sections written by peers and other writers on the proposal team to ensure they reflect the language of the proposal.
  • Assists faculty in preparing proposal narratives and documents in compliance with University, sponsor and federal guidelines and deadlines.
  • Reviews and provides feedback on proposal narratives and documents.
  • Researches appropriate information to resolve questions or refers to team members who have the ability to resolve the question.
  • Convey technical information in a clear and accessible manner to a variety of technical and non- technical audiences.
  • In coordination with office staff, creates, updates and maintains templates, boilerplate information and online resources that support proposal development and submission processes.
  • Provides consultation services on research strategies, tactics, tools and best practices for the development of grants for submission, as requested.
  • Monitor and analyze developments and major issues in higher education to ensure they are shared with faculty as appropriate.
  • Conduct training sessions for faculty and students.
  • Develop and sustain contacts with university leadership, faculty, staff, and other constituents.
  • Develop new ways to improve cycle time and overall effectiveness of proposal generation while maintaining and improving proposal quality.
  • Participate in kick off meetings for teams planning to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
  • Collaborate with Subject Matter Expert (SMEs) technical teams to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be created for proposal development.
  • Work on special projects for the Vice Provost as requested.
  • May direct the activities of support staff.



Requires minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related technical/scientific field. Master’s degree in a related technical/scientific field strongly preferred. Three years progressively responsible related experience in related technical/scientific field. Master's degree in related field may substitute for required experience; to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency, formula. Writing samples may be required. Must possess in-depth subject matter knowledge. Requires a minimum of three years related experience, preferably in a technical/scientific field; writing samples will be required.

  • Demonstrated superior writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong research skills with willingness and ability to quickly synthesize complex information in accessible and actionable formats.
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner.
  • Knowledge of style manuals, such as Chicago, US Government Publishing Office, and Associated Press.
  • Experience in successful management of multiple concurrent projects to meet deadlines.
  • Experience in developing, writing and submitting successful grant applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work in a complex fast-paced and high-profile environment with short deadlines, competing priorities and intense pressure to perform.
  • Experience in working both independently and as part of a team, exercising a high degree of initiative.
  • Experience in successfully working effectively and cooperatively with an ethnically and culturally diverse population.
  • Strong problem-solver; ability to navigate various viewpoints to develop consensus.
  • Ability to be flexible and self-motivated in order to deliver high quality work product in multiple communication mediums.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Classified Title: Sr. Science Writer 
Working Title: Grant Writer & Editor, Research Development  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $35 to $40 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: M-F 8:30AM - 5PM 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10000033-Vice Provost Research Office of 
Personnel area: University Administration


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