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Grant Proposal Specialist

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Grant Proposal Specialist
Posting Number NFE00051P
Department SDSU-Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

SDSU College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions and College of Arts & Sciences are offering an exciting career opportunity as a Grant Proposal Specialist. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in assisting faculty and staff with development, preparation, and submission of proposals for external funding in order to increase the quality of proposals submitted to funding agencies. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit eligible position. This position is supervised by the Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions and the Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

1. The Grant Proposal Specialist will work closely with faculty and staff in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and the College of Arts and Sciences to ensure that applications for external funding are assembled completely and effectively and in accordance with all sponsor requirements and with internal and external policies and regulations.
2. The Grant Proposal Specialist will also work closely with research administrators, including SDSU’s Offices of Research and Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance Coordinator, Grants and Contracts, and College/Deptartment/Unit staff to execute and to identify areas of improvement in the grant/contract submission process.
3. The Grant Proposal Specialist must be able to contribute to faculty development of excellence in grantsmanship and must be or quickly become well-versed in pre-award research administration (including application formats for electronic submission via, ASSIST, FastLane, NSPIRES, Webnibus, etc., as well as standard sponsor demands).

The Grant Proposal Specialist must be able to assist in:
1. Submission of proposals to sponsor via, ASSIST, FastLane, NSPIRES, etc., as the funding environment dictates.
2. Interpreting and following application instructions and sponsor guidelines.
3. Completing application forms and final submission packet.
4. Managing proposal development within submission deadlines.
5. Improving readability of proposals, including presentation, grammar, and spelling.
6. Identifying appropriate research compliance requirements.
7. Training workshops, seminars, and info media updates for faculty and staff.
8. Facilitation of large interdisciplinary applications.
9. Developing project ideas into project plans.
10. Identifying appropriate funding opportunities for proposed projects.

• Earned Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field by first day of employment;
• At least one year of relevant experience such as technical writing, grant proposal editing, proof reading, etc.;
• Proficiency in use of computers, including MS Office applications and databases;
• Ability to work independently with self initiation;
• Effective team work, organizational, and time management skills;
• Effective written communication skills and proficiency in writing, editing, and proofreading;
• Effective verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills.

• Experience in university research or research administration;
• Experience in grant proposal development and submission;
• Familiarity with federal, state, and regional research funding sources;
• Familiarity with federal compliance regulations and guidelines for grants and contracts;
• Commitment to develop knowledge and skills related to the position;
• Ability to work effectively with team members from diverse backgrounds.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

Posting Date 11/29/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 01/16/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
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Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs, and two professional doctorates. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships, as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings. Brookings, a community of 23,773, is located in eastern South Dakota along Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state’s largest city – Sioux Falls. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market. Division I South Dakota State University creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational, and recreational activities. The top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children’s Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D., Downtown @ Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting Bring Your Dreams!

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Omathanu Perumal at (605) 688-4745 or

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
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