Research Development Strategist/ Grant Writer

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The Stanford Department of Pediatrics is committed to advancing the health of infants, children, and adolescents through innovative medical care, research, education, training, and advocacy. The Department currently has 150+ faculty with active awards, ~90 research postdocs, ~110 clinical/research fellows, ~525 active external awards, ~$60M of externally funded research, and ~$51M of internally/gift funded research.

We are seeking a Research Development Strategist / Grant Writer (Academic Program Professional 2) to work under the general direction of the Department’s Director of Research Development, faculty, and/or other management to develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals to grow the Department’s research enterprise. This includes strategy development for a cohesive research development program; designing and implementing research building activities; and managing evaluations and program improvements to support research within the Department. Serve as expert advisor to faculty and staff and have a role in program/entity strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development.

Specifically, this position will primarily work with faculty and learners within the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, therefore, expertise in cardiovascular medicine is preferred. Expertise in clinical trials or clinical research is also preferred.

This position will be based on the Stanford campus and is a hybrid of working on-site and working from home, subject to operational need.

Duties include:

  • Provide individualized grantsmanship advice, coaching, and assistance to faculty, postdocs, clinical fellows, instructors, writing grants
  • Manage the entire proposal process, including developing strategic plans, drafting specific sections, editing, and evaluating drafts, and coordinating proposal submission
  • Prepare and edit text, figures, and tables to increase impact and clarity
  • Write and/or edit complex content for large, complex proposals, training grants, research grants, peer-reviewed publications
  • Proactively identifying a diverse portfolio of funding sources
  • Identify, recommend, and implement research capacity-building activities, especially for faculty, postdocs/clinical fellows, and instructors that may include grant review processes, seed grant programs, grantsmanship curricula, workshops, seminars, multi-week bootcamps, new resources, etc.
  • Develop and manage programs to improve engagement of current faculty in mentoring junior faculty and trainees, especially in research and writing grants
  • Teach and/or assist in teaching and administering programs to support grant writers, especially faculty, postdocs, clinical fellows, and instructors
  • Recommend, design, and manage new policies to streamline research development and research administration processes within the Department and more broadly at Stanford
  • Collaborate with departmental stakeholders and other research development strategists at Stanford to advance research development goals
  • Source, collect, analyze data to track proposal success rates such as tracking proposals submitted and funded annually to external funding agencies
  • Analyze data, create reports, review trends, and make program improvement recommendations. May develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and funding.
  • Coach and mentor staff assisting with proposal development process.  
  • Supervise grant specialist or research administrators

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Clinical researcher with cardiovascular medicine expertise
  • Advanced degree in related field (e.g. PhD, JD, MD, etc.)
  • Demonstrated expertise in teaching grant writing, academic writing, or research methods to graduate students, clinical fellows, postdocs, etc.
  •  Demonstrated expertise in writing grants and research development processes
  • Understanding of the grant submission process, especially federal grants like NIH grants
  •  Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  •  Service (client) oriented aptitude that values collaboration
  •  Highly organized, accountable, analytical, proactive, and deadline-oriented
  • Communicates effectively (oral and written)
  •  Ability to establish and maintain effective working-relationships with a variety of persons, especially faculty and trainees (graduate students, postdocs, or clinical fellows)


Advanced degree or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans, program partnerships and funding sources.


  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.


  • For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be required for some programs.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

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