Senior Proposal Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.




1 Cyclotron Road
United States


Senior Proposal Specialist - 84698

Organization: CF-Office of the Chief Financial Office (OCFO)

Berkeley Lab’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO, is looking for a Senior Proposal Specialist to join their dynamic team! This position will be responsible for providing complex, detailed, and comprehensive pre-award administration and funding/grant proposal support and analysis services to scientific investigators and their research programs/projects for work funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal/non-federal sponsors.

The Senior Proposal Specialist will be matrixed from the OCFO’s Field Finance unit to an assigned area/division and work under the consultative direction of an assigned supervisor/manager. In this role, you will be a contributor at one of the world’s iconic research laboratories, founded on the idea that pioneering science is best performed by multidisciplinary teams working together, and where the concept of teamwork remains a vital component of daily life at the Lab. 

Specific Responsibilities: 

• Partner with research teams and staff to provide comprehensive contract and grant proposal preparation and coordination including the development of detailed, multi-year budgets of various dollar amounts. 

• Plan and develop complex proposal submissions. 

• Evaluate and interpret solicitation guidelines and requirements, ensuring proposal package meets quality standards and requirements of the sponsor’s solicitation as well as Division, Berkeley Lab, UC and DOE policies, procedures and guidelines.

• Develop solutions to diverse, complex problems, where decisions and solutions have significant impact on major programs/projects.

• Prepare diverse and complex financial reports for outside funding sponsors. 

• Evaluate budget impacts of personnel actions, including hires, terminations, reduction in force actions, reclassifications, salary management, training grant and other non-standard appointments of a highly complex nature. 

• Recommend appropriate strategies for managing major financial variables resulting from widely varying research contract terms, high levels of funding uncertainty, varying sponsor financial guidelines and funding cycles. 

• Perform advanced budget planning and analysis, broad-based forecasting, scenario management, contingency, and long range planning.

Required Qualifications: 

• A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics, or related field and a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience in a research, academic or large/complex organization or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Proven track record of planning and managing portfolios of complex budgets funded from multiple sources having varying contract terms and conditions. 

• Demonstrated experience in providing advanced, complex financial analytic and consultative services including short and long-range financial planning, cost analysis and forecasting, monitoring expenses for allocability and allowability, progress tracking and reporting, and project close-out. 

• Advanced experience with spreadsheets and financial databases, such as Excel, and PeopleSoft financial applications and other PC software such as Microsoft Word.  

• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. 

• Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse and broad range of internal and external stakeholders. 

• Strong technical knowledge of business, budgeting, and accounting principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and cost accounting standards.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics, or related field.

• Working knowledge of Federal Cost Accounting Standards and other Federal regulations.

• Knowledge of LBNL, DOE and Work for Others sponsor reporting requirements and audit policies.

• Knowledge of LBNL, UC, and DOE financial policies and procedures.

• Knowledge of PeopleSoft financial applications.

• Experience in probability forecasting, conditional decision-making and risk analysis.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled. 


• This is a full time career appointment.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work may be performed at the following locations:

  - Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

  - Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) — Bldg. 971, 6401 Hollis St., Emeryville CA

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process. 

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.