• Full Time
  • Brookings
  • February 12, 2021

Website South Dakota State University

SDSU College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions and College of Arts, Humanities & Social 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 Associate Dean for Research in the College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions and the Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. 

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position. 

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 & Allied Health Professions and College of Arts, Humanities & Social 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.  This position will also work closely with research administrators, including SDSU’s Offices of Research and Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance Coordinator, Grants and Contracts, and College/Department/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 Grants.gov, ASSIST, FastLane, Research.gov, 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 Grants.gov, ASSIST, FastLane, Research.gov, NSPIRES, Webnibus, 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, or proof reading, etc.;
Proficiency in use of computers, including MS Office applications and databases;
Ability to work independently with self initiation;
Effective teamwork, 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.


Commensurate with education, experience, and internal equity.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 12, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  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, successful completion of a criminal background check.   

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.  

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Wenfeng An, Search Chair at (605) 688-4767 or Wenfeng.An@sdstate.edu.

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 HR@sdstate.edu. 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

To apply for this job please visit yourfuture.sdbor.edu.