The Director of Grants and Contracts provides leadership and direction to a team of grants professionals and is responsible for all financial aspects of award management at Brookings while closely coordinating with the Development Office and Office of the General Counsel. This is a key role in the Office of Financial Services and a unique opportunity to build out a successful strategy and effective processes around grant management in a diversified funding portfolio, including U.S. and foreign governments, private foundations, individuals and universities.
The Director oversees all financial compliance and reporting aspects of grant management, and is responsible for pre-award and post-award activities from proposal budget reviews to grant closeout activities. This position is accountable for the development of tools and processes in support of effective and consistent application of internal policies and compliance with external donor guidelines, rules and regulations.
This position provides guidance to and collaborates closely with finance, development and research staff across Brookings on technical and contractual matters related to grants administration. Lastly, the Director is responsible for designing, developing and delivering effective trainings to enhance grants management capacity at the Institution.
This position reports to the Senior Director of Finance, Strategy and Planning at Brookings, and works closely with the Associate Vice President, Controller & Assistant Treasurer.
Advisory Role (25%)
Tool Development and Process Mapping (15%)
Training and Staff Capacity Building (15%)
Team Leadership (15%)
Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in a relevant field. Minimum 10 years of relevant grant and contract management experience with a variety of funding including governmental, multilateral and private foundation. Experience at a non-profit organization preferred. Demonstrated track record of establishing and maintaining interpersonal and professional relationships with donor representatives and external/internal partners. Training experience required; change management experience is a value-add.
Expert knowledge of federal grant regulations and experience working with foundations. Solid experience monitoring and interpreting governmental regulations to ensure compliance. Experience providing guidance and setting standards on budget development and new award review and set up.
Demonstrated ability to set strategic direction of the department, including determining necessary procedures, policies, tools and guidelines. Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage and motivate a team, including ability to lead staff and promote productivity in a diverse work environment. Ability to interact effectively with staff and donors at all levels as well as ability to work independently and as member of a team. Ability to mentor and guide professional growth and development for the grants team.
Experience with large-scale ERP systems, development of reporting tools and mapping of processes required. Experience with PeopleSoft desired. Experience with implementing a new ERP system desired. Must have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including advanced Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Experience with process analysis and documentation desired.
This position requires strong analytical and interpersonal abilities, project management and process improvement skills. Ability to influence and win others with clear vision, flawless execution and effective follow-up.
Proven negotiation skills, including the ability to negotiate effectively, make sound decisions and apply creative problem solving. Excellent written and oral communications skills; ability to make effective and persuasive presentations to small and large groups.
Excellent organizational skills, strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills; culturally sensitive; ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment, keeping multiple priorities moving and not losing track of details.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.
Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.