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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:P2357

GRANTS RESEARCH SPECIALIST

NATURE OF WORK

This is professional and administrative work, assisting in conducting research for use in applying for grants and/or in writing applications for grants in the area of health and human services, primarily in behavioral or mental health, substance abuse treatment, housing and homelessness, and/or older adults.

 

Work involves limited literature searches and community-based research in health and human services. Work also includes collecting data for assigned projects including  training work­shops and technical assistance for internal and external customers such as community and faith based organizations and/or for profit and non-profit organizations. Also assists with writing applications for grants. Incumbents are expected to coordinate and manage assigned tasks with some independence and latitude, although major decisions are referred to an administrative superior. Supervision and direction are provided by an administrative superior who reviews and evaluates the work through conferences, reports, project results, and review of written materials.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Conducts limited literature searches; administers research surveys; collects and assembles data for presentation.

 

Assists in collecting, processing, analyzing and evaluating data; completes cost benefit analyses of grant propos­als submitted by organizations; prepares narrative and statistical reports.

 

Participates in grant writing activities for federal, state and local funding for the County and for local non-profit organizations.

 

Assists in the preparation of trainings for governmental agencies, faith-based and non-profit organizations including in grant writing, administrative practices, fund raising, program outcome measurement, grant regulations and requirements, and program development, etc.

 

Disseminates information to local health and human services providers, including County divisions, concerning specific grant funding opportunities and requested literature searches.

 

Assists in developing project procedures, project schedules and grant writing manuals.

 

Identifies community contacts to serve as resources for information or data related to major planning initiatives.

 

Assists with large-scale projects such as technical assistance and capacity building for governmental and community-based organizations, complex grant applications, training course coordination, and annual reporting requirements.

 

Attends conferences and professional meetings as assigned.

 

Prepares statistical and analytical reports using a personal computer and which may involve using computer based spread sheet applications.

 

Performs related work as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

Knowledge of general research, planning, administrative practices and grant writing principles and practices.

 

Knowledge of the sources of information, of current literature, and of recent developments regarding research and planning in health and human services programs.

 

Knowledge of the standard terminology, techniques, and practices of data collection and basic statistical analyses using computer based spread sheet applications, such as Excel.

 

Ability to create presentations of data and/or research findings, including written reports, using computer based applications, including spread sheets, Power Point, and/or similar applications, as needed.

 

Knowledge of federal, state, local and foundation grant application procedures and regulations.

 

Knowledge of quality improvement strategies and program evaluation.

 

Knowledge of grant administration practices and procedures.

 

Knowledge of modern office and project management practices.

 

Ability to organize and analyze information and perform limited research.

 

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

 

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or political affiliation.

 

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field closely related to this assignment; two (2) years of experience in research, grant writing, and/or project management in the field of health, social, and/or human services; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit:                                            Government Supervisors Association - Professional Unit.

FLSA Status:                                                 Exempt

Code of Ethics Certification:                       No

Work Locations:                                            Program Development, Research & Evaluation

Class Spec. Estab ./Revised:                      E10/97    R4/05


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