Grants Specialist

Vacancy Notice: Monday, March 7, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Position Type: Professional
Hours: Full Time
Reports To: Director, Grants & Resource Development

Job Summary

Are you passionate about persuading others to invest in life changing opportunities? If so, Hawkeye Community College has a great opportunity for you.

The Grants and Resource Development department is looking for a Grants Specialist to join their team to provide high-quality grant proposal development services to expand the resources available to support transformational programs and innovative projects. This position will collaborate with a dynamic team to complete grants research, project planning, and resource expansion activities for the college and its various departments. You will apply your knowledge of grantsmanship, fundraising, and relationship building to increase the opportunities available to Hawkeye students and the community.

Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body. Hawkeye Community College has more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs.

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists with the research, interpretation, dissemination, pursuit, formulation, submission, receipt, and implementation of grants from the local, state, and national levels.

  • Acts as a resource to staff and faculty, provides coordination assistance in the conceptualizing, planning, developing, writing, and/or editing of grant applications/proposals, including budgets, that align with College priorities and help accomplish goals of the College.

  • Works with supervisor and other internal and external staff to obtain and analyze data for grants.

  • Assists with implementing specific institutional grant development procedures to address institutional priorities and needs.

  • Identifies and matches college priorities with potential funding sources, aligns project ideas with grant guidelines and manages multiple projects.

  • Maintains grant records on submitted and funded external proposals for the College.

  • Protects the College’s interests regarding grants and contracts.

  • Assists in serving as a liaison with administrative and financial services for grant budgets.

  • Assists in serving as an institutional liaison communicating with funding agencies.

  • Responds to the demands of grant deadlines.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree OR a combination of education and experience totaling 4 years, which would equate to an Associate’s degree in Business Administration, Education, English, Communications, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, or related field and two years of recent relevant work experience in writing and submitting grant proposals, conducting research, or project planning/management, or fundraising.

  • Demonstrated ability to research and use critical analysis skills.

  • Demonstrated ability of reading, comprehending, interpreting, and applying complex language such as legal or government regulations and proposal guidelines.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion.

  • Demonstrated high skill level in word processing, spreadsheets, and other software programs including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, Google Suite and Adobe Distiller.

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through inclusive behaviors and helping contribute to a culture of inclusivity, and a vibrant, diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to exhibit professional judgment, problem-solving, time management, decision making, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing, with high attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Demonstrated ability to complete multiple tasks with frequent interruptions and high volume of work with deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to work flexible hours to include, on occasion, evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Business Administration, Education, English, Communications, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities.

  • College coursework in a field that contributes to writing, research, and communication skills.

  • Experience working with grant research.

  • Experience working with federal grants.

  • Experience working in post-secondary education.

Employment Status

Full-time, exempt position opening with a comprehensive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance; a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expense; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement; and a choice of retirement programs--IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution). The salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s education and experience.

Working Conditions

Requires skills for succeeding in an office environment, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand, and finger dexterity, including the ability to grasp. Work is performed in an office setting. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours. During the course of a day, interact with students, faculty, and staff in person, by telephone, and computers.

Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at

    • Submit/upload a resume.

    • Submit/upload 3 references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.

    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following:

      • Describe any grant proposal development experience you have had; include the names of grant agencies to which you have submitted grant proposals and the amount of grant funds awarded by the specific funding agencies.

      • Describe the content of grant development, writing, project planning/management, or research training that you have attended.

      • Describe your experience related to fundraising.

      • Describe your experience with locating and analyzing data.

  • Submit the online application and all required materials by Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Preference will be given to applicants who submit the required materials on or before March 29th. This position will remain open until filled.

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Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Contact Information

Human Resource Services

Hawkeye Center 101
Jobs Line: 319-296-2329 ext.5000‚Äč
Email Human Resource Services

If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

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