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Technical Writer (Pre-award), Grants & Sponsored Programs

Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana (US)
Commensurate with experience
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:  Commensurate with experience
Reports to
Director of Grants & Sponsored 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 Office 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 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 is funded 100% by the Title III-B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) federal grant.  As such, the Technical Writer assists the Director with implementing the objectives established in the Title III Program for this federally-funded activity.

Essential functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
1.    Gathers and assembles data from University units and other sources to prepare proposals.
2.    Prepares and assembles proposals for submission to funding agencies,
3.    Generates proposals that are interdisciplinary or cross- departmental/ college lines.
4.    Gathers 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.
5.    Developing workshops and seminars.
6.    Compiles and maintains databases associated with grants and other office activities.
7.    Researches, prepares, and submits quality major research proposals to various funding agencies.
Pre-award activities
8.    Provides technical support and assistance to faculty, staff, and administrators in writing grants.
9.    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
•    Bachelor’s degree required.
•    Two to three years of relevant experience in the area.
•    One to two years of higher education experience.

Preferred education and experience
•    Master’s degree desirable.

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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