Resource Specialist


Review of applications begins Wednesday, March 20, 2019 and continues until the position is filled.


Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana (SUSLA) is accepting applications for the Resource Specialist position. SUSLA is a comprehensive community college serving Shreveport, Bossier City, and surrounding areas in Northwest Louisiana.  It is one of five campuses constituting the Historically Black Southern University System.  The University serves approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and offers 32 undergraduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of fields including Allied Health, Nursing, Aerospace Technology, Business Studies, Behavioral Science/Education and Science & Technology.



The Resource Specialist reports to the Office of Institutional Advancement and receives direct supervision from the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs. The Resource Specialist leads public and private grant development activities at SUSLA.  This position is responsible for supporting faculty, staff, and administrators with all stages of grant procurement from public and private funders including: project ideation, research and development, funder identification and communication, proposal writing, editing and review, and timely proposal submission as well as other pre-award coordination activities. The incumbent will lead cross-campus functional teams in collaborative grant-writing sessions and work with project leaders on external resource development and procurement. This position is also responsible for researching private grant-maker opportunities including; maintaining a database of open application periods and deadlines, RFP’s, evaluating and analyzing data, researching history of funder’s capacity and propensity for giving, conduction and transferring of data internally, for effective leveraging of partnerships, resources, and  to demonstrate maxim return on investment.  He or she is responsible for working with internal and external personnel to write and develop grant proposals that advance the mission and goals of the University. Provide correspondence, scripts/talking points, white papers, newsletter articles and various written documentation about funded programs and projects. Seek corporate, government and community partners to participate in funded programs and projects. The Resource Specialist is expected to assist the University/Divisions in achieving its vision and mission; focus on expanding the SUSLA brand, connecting and engaging the community, rendering excellent customer service, accountability, integrity and having a willingness to assist as needed.



Reporting to the Director of Sponsored Programs (in coordination with the Office of Institutional Advancement), the Resource Specialist would be responsible for performing the following duties:


  1. Research public/private grant and resource opportunities through electronic and print materials that match the University’s mission and strategic goals, and make referrals for departmental consideration.
  2. Create cross-campus functional teams as a means for collaborating with administrators, faculty and staff to develop projects appropriate for external funding; convene and facilitate project development meetings, research concepts, prepare drafts for internal review, develop budgets, and organize resources.
  1. Oversee strategic development of grant proposals by PIs, including development of a Plan of Action with timelines for early identification of opportunities, training of PIs, facilitation of proposal preparation, and enhancement of proposal quality prior to submission (e.g. pre-review of editorial and technical aspects).
  2. Seeks corporate, government and community partners to participate in funded programs and projects. Maintains contact with partners and funders during the preparation of grants and during the review of submitted grant applications in order to supply or secure additional supporting material as needed.
  3. Responsible for the timely and accurate writing, editing, compiling and submission of operational, program and special project letters of intent, proposals and grants to government, corporations, foundations and a variety of individuals and other funding organizations according to the requirements of the funder.
  4. Create and maintain a database of grants and proposals for reference by appropriate College staff and a database of faculty expertise.
  5. Create and maintain a standard proposal template (e.g., need, objectives, plan, budget, timeline, evaluation) that can be appropriately used by others in developing new proposals or in exploratory discussions.
  6. Assist the Director of Sponsored Programs and grant project managers with preparation and submission of renewal applications, grant modification requests and reports, and the process of supplying progress reports required by funding entities.
  7. Coordinate effective start-up, implementation and record keeping of funded projects by providing information, guidance and support to project directors and SUSLA’s business office.
  8. Maintain the electronic research administration records management system.
  9. Maintain records of grants submitted, active projects, funding needed and potential funding sources.
  10. Develop network of internal/external technical and editorial reviewers as needed for grant proposals.
  11. Collaborate with other staff members within the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Institutional Advancement in a project-oriented, team environment to complete related tasks and objectives. 
  12. Research and suggest best practices.
  1. Occasional evening and weekend work. Overnight travel may be
  2. Performs other duties as assigned.



  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Five years of professional writing experience in including proven success in proposal   development for private, state and federal grants
  3. Must have excellent skills in concept development and research. The ability to write, edit and proofread reports and proposals
  4. Must have a level of analytical skills to analyze data and to interpret and explain University practices and policies and funding source requirements
  5. A level of interpersonal and communication skills to enable the facilitation of project development teams and be able to inform and persuade faculty, staff, and administrators, community partners, and granting agency representatives
  6. Requires a high level of organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  7. Proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)



  1. Prior experience with prospect research and funding research tools
  2. Experience in higher education/academic setting








APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send cover letter, resume, transcript(s), and three references to:


ATTN : Wayne H. Bryant, Director of Human Resources

Resource Specialist Vacancy
Southern University at Shreveport
3050 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Shreveport, LA 71107  (NOTE: Please type “Resource Specialist" in the Subject line)

Southern University at Shreveport does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Tuesday W. Mahoney, Johnny Vance, Jr. Student Activity Center, (318) 670-9201. Section 504 Coordinator: Ms. Jerushka Ellis, Health & Physical Education Complex, Room 314, (318) 670-9367.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties.

Criminal background check and reference verification is required.

Southern University at Shreveport, an institution within the Southern University and A & M System, seeks to provide quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees; and offers courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.


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