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Technical Writer - Research/Pre-Award Assistant

Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Technical Writer-Research/Pre-Award Assistant will have the major responsibility for assisting the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs with researching, drafting, interpreting guidelines, coordinating, and monitoring the progress of all proposals to be submitted to federal, state, local, and Foundation sources. This individual serves as a liaison between the Director and the faculty, staff, and administrator and assists them in their area with proposal preparation, processing, submission, and pre-award administration. This position reports to the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs.


• Assists the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs in:

• Gathering, and assembling data from University units and other sources to prepare proposals;

• Preparing and assembling proposals for submission to funding agencies;

• Generating proposals that are interdisciplinary or cross-departmental/college lines;

• Gathering research data associated with proposal/research project subject matter for the inclusion in proposal packages in situations where other University personnel may not be available;

• Developing workshops and seminars;

• Compiling and maintaining databases associated with grants and other office activities;

• Researching, preparing, and submitting quality major research proposals to various funding agencies;

• Pre-award activities;

• Providing technical support and assistance to faculty, staff, and administrators in writing grants;

• Performs other related duties as assigned.


• Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a related field (Master's degree preferred).

• At least three (3) years of experience in grant writing and grant management, preferably in higher education.

• Excellence in written, oral and analytical skills.

• A team player with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with university personnel, and state, federal, and private organizations.

• Knowledge of the policies and procedures which govern the retention and disposition of external funding award documentation.

• Advanced Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, & PowerPoint) skills required.

• Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, and manage time well.

Candidates should submit a complete curriculum vita with a letter of interest stating how qualifications and experience align with expectations of this position (the letter of interest should be no more than seven pages), and three references with their contact information to the attention of Dr. Brenda W. Jackson, Vice-Chancellor for Research/Strategic Initiatives & Executive Director of Title III Programs. All information must be submitted through the link provided.

Southern University at New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

While we encourage all interested applicants to apply, please be aware that not all candidates will be interviewed.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties. Criminal background checks and reference verification are required. Southern University at New Orleans, a Southern University and A & M College System unit, a historically Black comprehensive university, is committed to teaching, research, and service in preparing traditional and non-traditional students for degree attainment, transfer, workforce, graduate study, and self-improvement. This preparation is available through multiple delivery methods for students seeking certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Southern University and A&M College forbids discriminating or harassing conduct that is based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, and all other categories protected by applicable state and federal laws. This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration of educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden.


Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) was founded as a branch unit of Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College in Baton Rouge (SUBR) on September 4, 1956.  Our mission is to promote the upward mobility of diverse populations of traditional and non-traditional students through quality academic programs, teaching, research, and service to achieve excellence in higher education using various teaching and learning modalities.  As a member agency of the State of Louisiana and the Southern University System, SUNO employees are offered a wide range of compensation benefits and professional development opportunities.  We aim to attract, enhance, and retain energetic and highly qualified faculty and staff.

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