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†Senior Grants and Contracts Manager

Department: FInance
Location: Washington, DC

TITLE:    Senior Grants and Contracts Manager
ORGANIZATION:    National Governors Association
LOCATION:    Washington, DC
DURATION:    Full Time
COMPENSATION:    A competitive compensation package will be made to the qualified candidate
REPORTS TO:    Chief Financial Officer 

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is a bipartisan organization of Governors from the 55 states, territories and commonwealths whose mission is to share best practices, speak with an informed voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions to improve citizensí lives through state government and support the principles of federalism.  

Through NGA, Governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. Our policy and research arm, the NGA Center for Best Practices, helps Governors find collective answers to common issues and assists in developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges. Our Government Relations team ensures that Governors are a strong voice in Washington, DC. NGA also provides total consultative services, including management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent Governors, their senior executive staff and their trusted advisors.

NGA is looking to add a bright, resourceful, and organized Senior Grants and Contracts Manager to join our Finance team. In this role, you will lead full cycle grant management, oversight, monitoring, compliance, and reporting. The Senior Grants and Contracts Manager is a hands-on position responsible for the organizationís grants/contracts program including grant administration process, ensuring grant compliance with all applicable regulations, managing grant databases, financial reporting from pre-award through closeout based on grant/contract requirements. 

Other important responsibilities of the Senior Grants and Contracts Manager:

  • Manage full life cycle of all grants and contracts administration functions (proposal through close out) in close collaboration with Center for Best Practices program directors and other  NGA departments;
  • Negotiate all grant and contract agreements, as requested;
  • Negotiate and prepare sub-grants and awards, as required;
  • Coordinate contractual and reporting requirements and other ensure obligations are met;
  • Serve as Center main point of contact with all donors and contracting officers relating to administration and/or compliance;
  • Prepares and coordinates contract briefs on all contractual matters to program leadership and staff;
  • Assists with drafting subgrant/subaward solicitation preparation, negotiate with awardees, drafting and finalization of agreements;
  • As required responds to subgrant/subaward requirements including invoicing and modifications;
  • Supports reviews and audits as required, including U.S Government grants;
  • Manage a team of two grant management specialists; and
  • Other duties as assigned by Chief Financial Officer.

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Oversee employees responsible for meeting financial reporting requirements and achieving progress toward their professional and personal development goals; 
  • Implement internal control policies and procedures for all program activities (including budgets and deliverables); and
  • Manage employee training and identify training need in correlation with the Chief Financial Officer, and Human Resources.

Candidates should have a bachelorís degree preferable in business administration with specific grants management coursework or related field with equivalent combination of education and experience. Ten plus years of experience in working with federal, state and foundation grant application development, writing, and submission. Experience working with Governors, working in federal or state agencies or non-profit organizations is preferred.

The ideal candidate must have demonstrated ability to:

  • Knowledge of U.S. Government contracting vehicles (e.g., contracts and grants);
  • Proficiency in US. Government regulations (FAR and Uniform Guidance);
  • Knowledge of auditing policies, financial management procedures, and systems;
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with internal staff and external vendors;
  • Research and provide advanced data management and analytical skills using MS Excel and  other grant/contract management database;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, work independently, set priorities, and handle multiple issues at the same time; 
  • Ability to work effectively independently and solve complex problems with limited oversight;  
  • Articulate, and professional speaking abilities (and experience); and
  • Capacity to manage a professional team that can work together and independently in a dynamic, changing work environment, as well as the ability to set priorities effectively. 
  • Working knowledge of Intacct financial software is a plus.

Interested candidates should apply online through NGAís career site. NGA uses Clear Company and all information is kept strictly confidential. An application is considered when all required fields are completed. Please include:

  • Your resume highlighting your education, experience, and direct transferable skills
  • A portfolio of your best work (attach to your candidate profile via Clear Company) 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background and reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. 

NGA staff proudly serve our nationís Governorsí daily and itís our mission to ensure we offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package designed to support the needs of NGA employees.

NGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/D/F/V). NGA is committed to fostering an energetic, collaborative, diverse and inclusive workforce. We promote diversity and provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, or any other legally protected factor. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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