Proposal Development Officer

California Polytechnic State University has an exciting opportunity available in the Grants Development Office for a full-time, remote in-state (California) eligible position. The Proposal Development Officer position provides pre-award guidance and critical support for sponsored project proposal submissions.

Job Summary

The Proposal Development Officer is responsible for analysis of federal funding regulation and priorities, strategic pre-award proposal development planning, review, and submission activities; review and analysis of award, contract, and related documents; faculty training and outreach, and contributing to other administrative operations of the department.

Department Summary

The Grants Development Office (GDO), within the division of Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education, provides leadership and strategic guidance, information, and services to administrators, faculty, and staff engaged in extramurally funded research, instruction, professional development, and community service projects from public funding sources.   

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to analyze, present, and critique information in different ways for different end-users
  • Ability to use appreciable judgement in decision-making and resolution of issues
  • Ability to apply extensive expertise to complex administrative issues, taking into consideration applicable laws and regulations
  • Ability to present ideas and concepts in written or presentation format
  • Ability to train others on new skills and procedures and provide lead work direction

Education and Experience

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university and four years of technical or administrative experience. A graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.  Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $80,000 - $90,000 annually

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

To apply, please visit the Cal Poly Jobs website, job #520679:

Contact Information

California Polytechnic State University



1 Grand Avenue
Grants Development 38-152
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Hospital
  • Non-Profit
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time