These tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Serving as spokesperson for agency programs in dealing with the scientific community, Puerto Rican government official, and other agencies and stakeholders. Supervise the promotional efforts to disseminate information about the grants program to the public at-large;
2) Developing of requests for applications (RFAs) or Requests for Proposals (RFPs) designed to solicit specific types of grant or contract proposals from the scientific community;
3) Provide technical assistance to applicants and grantees;
4) Implement the review process, and oversees the identification and screening of reviewers, and organizing peer-review groups to evaluate letters of intent and/or research proposals on the basis of their scientific merit;
5) Prepare the necessary documentation leading to final recommendations of successful applicants to be submitted to the chief executive officer, the grants committee, and the board of trustees;
6) Oversees the management of information systems to capture and gather all relevant data related to grants and contracts;
7) Managing contracting issues with awardees including post-award functions and the monitoring of compliance with contract terms.
8) Prepare evaluations and internal progress reports to gather data regarding awardees’ progress, and the resulting economic development impact attained by these.
9) Conducting site visits to applicant and grantee institutions to determine the adequacy of research and training facilities;
10) Under the direction of the Grants Committee, leading efforts to set yearly funding priorities; determining best practices and policies for proposal review, grants award, and grants management; and providing evaluations of the grants programs and recommendations for improvement.
- h)Assist with other initiatives to conduct operational and/or administrative functions of the Trust, as instructed and/or as agreed upon with the Executive Director or her designee.
- A PhD. degree in science (preferred).
- Fully bilingual
- Excellent communication skills. Outreach experience (preferred)
- At least 2 years of grants or program management experience preferably in the areas of science technology, innovation, or entrepreneurship (preferred)
- First-hand familiarity with the scientific workforce and enterprise, particularly with individuals who can serve as reviewer or advisor
- Ability to grasp key concepts, and objectively assess strengths, and weaknesses of research and commercialization projects from a variety of science and engineering disciplines
Compensation: Competitive but will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications.
To be considered for this opportunity, you may send your CV or resume to:
on or before June 23rd, 2017.
Please include the words Grants Program Director in the email subject area. Phone calls will not be accepted.
Overview of the organization
The Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust is a private non-profit organization created in 2004 to encourage and promote innovation, transfer and commercialization of technology and creation of jobs in the technology sector. We are responsible for Puerto Rico’s public policy for science, technology, research and development. The Trust’s mission is to invest, facilitate and build capacity to continually advance Puerto Rico’s economy and its citizens’ well-being through innovation-driven enterprises, science and technology and its industrial base. Our vision is that by 2022, Puerto Rico is a globally recognized innovation hub that develops, attracts, and retains scientists, technology entrepreneurs, and enterprises to unlock world class creativity and competitiveness