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Grants Manager

Martins Additions, Maryland, US
Closing date
Jul 21, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Project Management
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Employment Type
Full time
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DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action-action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world. DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work. DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks. Overview of the Project: DAI works at the cutting edge of international and US-based development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients' most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including economic development, private sector development and financial services, digital development, democratic governance and public sector management, economics and trade, and energy and climate change among other sectors. Clients include private corporations and foundations, international development agencies, international lending institutions, and host-country governments. DAI seeks a Grants Manager for an anticipated program funded by a private institution. This program works to improve U.S. small businesses' financial resilience and growth and, over the life of the five-year program, aims to empower five million U.S. small businesses to succeed in the digital economy, with explicit focus on women and entrepreneurs of color. The program will issue grants to provide technical and financial assistance to national and local community stakeholders, such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and Community Financial Institutions (CFI) to help solve capital access issues, and technical assistance organization that strengthen the capacity of small businesses and further enable e-commerce. Position is contingent upon project funding and client approval. Responsibilities: The Grants Manager will be responsible for the management of the grants program, including sourcing, awarding and, providing both operational and technical support to grantees. S/he will oversee the grants team and will be responsible for making sure the grants are executed efficiently and with technical excellence. Other responsibilities include: * Manage a portfolio of grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, including applying and evaluating milestone-based performance objectives. * Work with the Program Manager and the client to develop a grants pipeline. * Develop and implement a grants award process that fits the program and client's needs. * Review grantee proposals, applications, and budgets for cost reasonableness and adherence to grant management strategy and policies. * Provide regular assistance and troubleshooting for grantees throughout the process, providing both operational and technical support. * Establish and maintain accurate grant documentation for each new award. * Oversees grant implementation from execution and signing of the award, monitoring and documenting grantee activities, administrative actions, as necessary, and reporting. * Responsible for reviewing grant workplans and deliverables before disbursements are made. * Manage the grants team, including one Grants Assistant on their daily activities, and ensure they are trained on all grants policies and procedures. Qualifications * Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 7-10 years of relevant experience with 3-5 years of experience in the grants management field, preferable with private donors or foundations. * Experience in or understanding of the U.S. digital economy with a focus on supporting small businesses preferred. * Ability to respond effectively to the time sensitive inquiries. * An extremely well organized and self-directed individual with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus. * Excellent verbal and written communication skills. * Professional proficiency in spoken and written English.

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