Posting Details

Awards Specialist
Employment Duration Permanent Full Time
Location Burnaby
Closing Date September 30, 2020
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Administrative and Professional Staff (APSA)
Pay range:
$65,871 To $78,658 Annually
SFU Department Descr:
VP Research - Institutional Strategic Awards
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The Awards Specialist, Institutional Strategic Awards works as a creative and strategic writer and editor to convey the research narrative of a nominee/applicant. As a core member of the ISA (Institutional Strategic Awards) team, the Awards Specialist participates in all aspects of crafting and coordinating competitive nominations and proposals for institutional and/or strategic external research award/prize and grant opportunities that bring recognition and research funding to faculty and raise the profile of SFU's research enterprise. These include multidisciplinary award opportunities in which SFU serves as the nominator/endorser as well as high priority, major institution-led funding proposals and multidisciplinary/multi-PI funding proposals that involve complex partnerships.


  • Master's degree in Science, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, or a related/relevant discipline and four years related experience in writing and coordinating prestigious and/or strategic award nominations and multidisciplinary funding proposals with multiple collaborators for a variety of sources (public and private), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Good knowledge of strategic research priorities at institutional, agency and government levels.
  • Strong understanding of the language and culture of the research community and award and granting agencies and foundations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply award/program guidelines to application (proposal/nomination) development.
  • An understanding of University policies and procedures related to research administration and awards.
  • Superior verbal and written communication, presentation, interpersonal, organizational, and online research skills.
  • Excellent writing/editing and proofreading skills for a variety of technical materials.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and the ability to coordinate projects and resources, prioritize and track multiple projects simultaneously, and meet critical deadlines.
  • High degree of tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Ability to accurately and strategically summarize complex information into language accessible to diverse user groups (e.g., the public, private sector, academia, government).
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and ability to work under pressure in a deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment, and the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others.
  • Established track-record inspiring and maintaining trust with faculty members.
  • Dedicated to monitoring and facilitating change in response to shifting institutional and external priorities.
  • Fluency in office applications (i.e., Word, Excel, Acrobat), web management systems and database software.

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