Job Openings

Westerly Education Center seeks to hire a development professional. The position is grant-funded, expiring 10/31/20 with the potential for one additional year. All candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Faith Hanson at No calls or walk-ins please. The job posting will remain open until the position is filled. 

TITLE: Specialist II, Grants & Contracts
DIVISION: RI Higher Education & Industry Center
REPORTS TO: Executive Director, RI Higher Education & Industry Center
SUPERVISES: Clerical and Technical Support Staff as Assigned

The specialist will prepare and review grant or contract proposals and award documents; negotiate agreements with governmental and private sponsors on behalf of the RIOPC in accordance with relevant federal, state, council, and other grantor guidelines; draft or compile subcontracts and contracts as needed; develop budgets and other administrative details of proposals; identify potential sources of external funding using criteria provided; adopt new computer technology for electronic transmission of proposals; and execute related duties as assigned. The specialist will be required to work from more than one office locations in Rhode Island.


  • Draft high-quality written materials for potential funders, including grant proposals, letters, reports, mailers, and acknowledgements required to support ongoing development activities.
  • Compose and review proposals for external funding and review agreements, award documents, subcontracts, purchase orders, or other sponsored-programs vehicles to assure compliance with all federal, state, council and other grantor requirements and accuracy.
  • Responsible for the negotiation and finalization of subcontracts in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Associate Commissioner for Student Success, or the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education.
  • Adapt new technologies for electronic transmission of proposals by government funding agencies, non-governmental funding agencies, or other sponsors, as required.
  • Draft or compile appropriate agreements, subcontracts, or contracts for sponsored programs and projects, taking into account relevant requirements, statutes, regulations, and policies. Develop narratives and budgets for project proposals. Meet with OPC staff, staff of URI, RIC, and CCRI, as well as other state and non-governmental partners. Knowledge of Federal New Uniform Guidance required.
  • Build and maintain an electronic database containing factors that affect allowable costs, tracking expenses, reimbursements, grant start and end dates, and other necessary requirements.
  • Work with grantors on administrative and fiscal aspects of the project proposals, awards, and amendments, in accordance with relevant federal, state, council, and grantor requirements.
  • Supervise clerical and technical personnel as assigned; execute related duties as required.

Personal computers, printers and word processing, database management and spreadsheet software.

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

REQUIRED: Bachelor's degree; demonstrated experience in business, accounting, public administration, or a related field; minimum of three years’ experience in a grant-related position; demonstrated experience in preparing and submitting grant project proposals, budgets, agreements, contracts and subcontracts in a university, hospital, or similar non-profit setting; demonstrated knowledge of government software packages for electronic transmission of proposals; demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of budgeting for public-sector, university-sponsored projects; demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills; demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills; demonstrated presentation skills; demonstrated computer experience (i.e., word processing, database, and spreadsheet functions); demonstrated familiarity with federal, state, and sponsor level requirements for sponsored projects; demonstrated supervisory experience; and, demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

PREFERRED: Master's degree.