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Director of Grants & Sponsored Programs

Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana (US)
$72,000 - $77,000
Date posted
Jan 27, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

FLSA Classification
Salary Range/Grade
Salary Range:  $72,000 – 77,000
(The salary for this position is supported by state and federal funds)
Reports to
Vice Chancellor for Research, Strategic Initiatives & Title III Programs

Job Description 

The Office of Grants and Sponsored programs serves as the central headquarters for coordinating all grants, research projects and sponsored program activities.  The Director partners with faculty, staff, and administrators to identify, apply for, obtain resources in support of teaching, scholarship, research, and the university mission and the strategic plan.  The Director ensures that all grants submitted follow grant requirements and comply with University policy and procedures.  The Director provides directions, assistance, training and encouragement to faculty and staff interested in research projects and grant writing and is responsible for increasing and sustaining successful grant activities by working with faculty and staff in researching and identifying prospective resource opportunities at the federal, state, local and private funding source levels. 

The Director is also responsible for preparing the Annual Title III Activity application, implementing its objectives and submitting all required progress reports. Additionally, the Director supervises the office staff. 

Essential functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  1. Strengthens University research capabilities by assisting faculty, staff and administrators in the preparation and submission of competitive proposals to external sources for of instructional, service and research activities.
  2. Works to increase the number and amount of grant/research awards received annually by encouraging grant writing among faculty and staff. 
  3. Supports and expands University research and related strategic initiatives by employing systems to track and produce outcomes to measure overall success.
  4. Enforces, maintains and ensures grant compliances with applicable laws and regulations, contractual terms and other requirements of the externally funded activity. Includes reviewing proposal packages to ensure compliance.
  5. Facilitates effective internal review of proposed submissions, recommends approval of institutional proposals to the administration, submit grant proposals to external funding agencies or organizations on behalf of the university, disseminates award notices and maintain essential records and files relating to grants and sponsored program.;
  6. Disseminates information about funding opportunities to faculty and staff on a regular basis; inform specific faculty and staff about opportunities in their areas of interest/expertise/research. 
  7. Identifies potential grant sources from federal, state and local agencies, companies and foundations to support faculty research, training, professional development, as well as departmental, college, school and multi-institutional projects.
  8. Provides regular grant writing workshops and training opportunities each semester.
  9. Maintains and updates the University’s internal faculty research capabilities document.
  10. Must maintain an ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  11. Works to increase the university’s access to federal and state electronic grant writing management systems and tools.
  12. Keeps the Vice Chancellor for Research, Strategic Initiatives and Title III Executive Director informed on the activities of the Office.
  13. Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Federal Cost Accounting Standards and Uniform Guidance requirements.
  • Experience working with faculty in a higher education setting.
  • Experience preparing project budgets, including salary calculations.
  • Familiarity with the administrative activities associated with the scientific research process.
  • Demonstrated experience with federal submission portals such as, NSF, or NIH ASSIST.
  • Demonstrate excellent people, oral communication and customer service skills.
  • Have the aptitude to interact with individuals in a professional, diplomatic and courteous manner.
  • Have the proven ability to handle multiple competing priorities and to adapt to changing priorities, situations and demands.
  • Utilize independent judgment, problem solving and decision making in order to respond to constituents and represent the office in an effective and appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills for Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Teams, and Outlook.

Required education and experience

  • Master’s degree required.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in the area.
  • Three to five years of higher education experience.
  • Broad experience in grants/research administration.

Preferred education and experience

  • Doctorate degree desirable.
  • Training in grant writing preferred.
  • Proven experience security grant funds or a detailed list of funded and unfunded proposals.

Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Non-Discrimination Statement
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 at New Orleans (SUNO) 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.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement
Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer
State as a Model Employer - SAME



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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