Associate Director, Grants Office

Amherst College
January 13, 2022
Amherst, MA
Job Type


Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Associate Director, Grants Office position. The Associate Director, Grants Office is a full-time, 40 hour/week position. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Associate Director works closely with the Director of the Grants Office and the Provost's Office to identify, solicit, and steward grants that have college-wide impact from national foundations, corporations, and government programs, and assists our diverse faculty in securing major, external research and sabbatical support. The Associate Director partners with the Director as they work with senior administrators to coordinate the College's contacts with foundation, corporate, and government funding sources. The Associate Director also holds responsibility for drafting reports and other post-award communications to funders for signature by senior administrators. Both proposals and reports must be submitted to meet strict deadlines imposed by funders or the College. As part of the Grants Office team, the Associate Director employs effective grant tracking and other office systems and contributes to research and strategic planning within the FCR unit.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Faculty Grant Support:

Provide the diverse faculty with pre-proposal consultation, proposal editing and proofreading, and help with budget preparation and post-award management.
Help to develop and implement grant-related workshops, trainings, and materials.

New/Renewal Proposal Development:

Prepare complex grant proposals on behalf of the college after undertaking research on institutional programs, and prospective funders.

Work collaboratively and proactively with a diverse set of college administrators, including department heads, and faculty, to ascertain funding priorities and identify appropriate funding agencies.

Use a variety of print and online information resources to remain informed about funder priorities and trends, grants at peer institutions, and trends in U.S. higher education as background for proposal development.


Manage post-award reporting and other correspondence on foundation and corporate grants received by the
College, including generating stewardship letters and reports for signature by senior administrators at the

Research and Briefings:

Prepare research on current and prospective foundation, corporate, and government donors, including preparing briefing materials for the President and other senior administrators prior to meetings with representatives of funding agencies, and to coordinate the arrangements for such visits when appropriate.

Information Management:

Oversee the maintenance of grant tracking and office information systems, including Workday, by the Grants Assistant.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


R e quir e d:

  • Five years of experience in grant proposal development, development communications, stewardship, or closely related professional activity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience drafting proposals and correspondence for other individuals.
  • Demonstrated organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • The ability to convey editorial feedback to and respond to requests from faculty and administrators in a timely and tactful manner.
  • Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community.
  • Proficient in MS Excel and Word; and ability to learn new systems (e.g., Workday, Slate, Google).
  • Bachelor's Degree

P r e f e r r e d:

  • Previous experience in higher education administration and the liberal arts environment.
  • Master's degree, professional development in proposal development, foundation research, and post-award administration

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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