Director, Grants Development Office

Reporting to the AVP for Research Administration, the Director of the Grants Development Office (GDO) provides management, leadership, and general oversight of sponsored project proposal submissions and serves as the point of contact for proposal development.  The Director serves as an expert in all phases of proposal development, and serves as a resource to faculty, staff, and administrators in the ongoing conduct of pre-award administration. The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure the compliant and efficient submission of proposals and acceptance of awards. The Director promotes and oversees the development of GDO staff, supporting staff stability and professional growth.

Department Summary

Supporting Cal Poly’s commitment to the Teacher-Scholar model, the overall mission of the Grants Development Office is to provide pre-award 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

  • Demonstrated experience in managing compliance with federal, state, and privately funded grants and contracts, and the ability to interpret and apply university and sponsor policies and procedures.
  • Proficiency with proposal review, electronic proposal submissions, and electronic research administration systems.
  • Ability to represent the campus’ interests in the negotiation of grants and contracts. Expert negotiation skills with the ability to achieve consensus, optimize the University’s and Corporation’s objectives, and ensure that effective and cooperative working relationships are maintained with sponsors.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory, and management skills to successfully operate in a complex environment and interact with a diverse clientele.
  • Ability to assess operational conditions, adjusting as necessary to optimize effectiveness and improve operations. Adaptability in meeting short and long-term strategic goals of the University.



Education and Experience

Must possess bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.  Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible management experience, demonstrating knowledge and practice in current grant/contract administration or other relevant experience.


Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $110,000 - $125,000 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 #525598:

Contact Information

California Polytechnic State University



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


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • Non-Profit
  • College/University
  • Research Administrator/Manager

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time