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Grants Office Director

Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, OK

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Summary

The Chief Grants Officer in the Office of Academic Grants plays an integral role in advancing the strategic mission of Southern Nazarene University by identifying potential federal, state, corporate, and foundation grant fundings sources, preparing and submitting grant proposals, and ensuring that existing grants remain in compliance with auditor documentation requirements, funder intent, policies, and regulations, and provide timely and accurate reports to funders. The position is a 12-month position.

ResponsibilitiesEssential Functions:
  • Assists university administrators, including the president, provost, university advancement, Chief Diversity Officer, VPAAs, VPSI, and department chairs in identifying potential funders, community partnerships, and feasible ideas relevant to the strategic direction of the university. This includes evaluating the cost/benefit, mission fit, and impact on the strategic direction of the university in conjunction with key institutional stakeholder including the president, provost, vice presidents, program directors and department chairs.
  • Facilitates the grants development process, including the completion of required internal approvals, for relevant grants.
  • Coordinates overall prospecting, proposal preparation, submission, and timetabling for new and renewing grants.
  • Orchestrates proposal writing and editing assistance.
  • Oversees management of compliance, documentation, and reporting of existing federal and foundation grants (e.g., TRIO, Title III, NSF, Oklahoma Historical Society), including maintaining policies and procedures in alignment with university P&P.
  • Compiling and analyzing data necessary to support grant writing projects.
  • Manages queries and communication with relevant funding agencies and foundations.
  • Networks with grant professionals.
  • Assists with periodic updating and tracking of indirect cost rates and maintaining institutional accounts on federal and foundation sites.
  • Provide quarterly reports of grants office activities to be disseminated to SNU officers and trustees.
Required Qualifications:
  • Southern Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. According to SNU policy, all faculty and staff must possess a strong personal Christian commitment and be committed to the SNU mission to make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ centered community.
  • An understanding of the importance for diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Three years’ experience in grant writing and/or grants management and a proven track record of securing funding.
  • Excellent written communications skills with solid attention to detail in editorial and proofreading work.
  • Excellent oral communication skills with varied audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and demonstrated ability in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with faculty, co-workers, and external constituencies.
  • Quantitative skills demonstrated by the ability to conduct descriptive statistical analysis and budget planning and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with grant databases and grant-seeking software, including government systems.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to organize and manage time and projects with different deadlines effectively.
  • Initiative, creativity, and talent for problem-solving.
  • Discretion in dealing with confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty and university staff in academic affairs, advancement, finance & business operations.
  • Knowledge of higher education best practices and trends.
  • Intellectual curiosity demonstrated by being conversant in, and understanding, a wide variety of academic disciplines and co-curricular programs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Google collaborative tools, and search engines.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience in higher education
Supervision Received:

Receives supervision and work assignments from a designated supervisor, although other staff members in the unit may provide work direction.

Supervision Exercised:

May be responsible for the coordination of work assignments for student employees.


Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. It is an expression of the educational ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. Based at its main residential campus located just west of Oklahoma City, SNU serves students from around the world at multiple locations in Oklahoma and through online educational opportunities. 

Founded in 1899, SNU grew out of several small evangelical colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. During the later part of the nineteenth century, settlers in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas founded these educational institutions to promote the optimistic message that the result of people fully aligning their lives with God’s work in the world would be personal holiness and compassionate service.

Southern Nazarene University values each person created in the image of God, therefore, we also desire to be a community that reflects representation of diversity. We care about inclusion and equity through the refining of our character, the way we create culture and the way we serve Christ. Our University values reconciliation through God’s love.  

 Southern Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, veterans status or any other legally protected class in the recruitment and admission of students, in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary, and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services.

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