Grants Writer/Manager, Cumberland County (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled
Salary Range:  $51,516 – $65,000 annually

Assigned to the Cumberland County Finance office, this position performs highly complex professional work in the areas of grant writing, maintaining a County-wide inventory of active grants, grant budgeting and tracking, grant analysis and reporting, grant compliance monitoring and periodic auditing of grant programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Preparation of proposals, grant applications, and requisite reports; performance of responsible, professional, and administrative work in researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private grant opportunities
  • Conduct research on foundations and governmental agencies to identify and evaluate prospects for grant funding.  Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals
  • Collaborate with departments to gather information necessary for writing compelling and accurate grant proposals.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of programs and program needs
  • Take a proactive approach in providing leadership and assistance throughout grant application processes
  • Manage timelines and deliverables
  • Research and analyze potential grant funding to determine whether there is a match between the funder’s initiatives and a related County departmental need or potential opportunities for improvements
  • Provide clear communication of proper rules and regulations for approving grants, all specifications, requirements, and objectives across all departments of the organization and management

Grants Management

  • Develop a tracking mechanism/grants inventory system to account for, record, maintain, and report on existing grants and new grant awards within the County
  • Keep the relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
  • Oversee grants to ensure implementation is occurring according to the grant specifications and in the most cost-effective manner while maximizing the grants financial benefits
  • Monitor program budgets and expenditures and communicate with program managers to ensure effectiveness of grants
  • Administer grant records and evaluate financial reports to analyze progress.  Ensure all costs are expended within grant guidelines and within timeframes/deadlines provided
  • Analyze all processes in grants submissions and provide suggestions to enhance grant program entry for efficiencies
  • Monitor and analyze grant budget trends and make recommendations for cost control.  When applicable, make recommendations for future sustainability of programs if/when grant funds are set to expire
  • Accept and complete financial and accounting related projects that may involve independent research and analysis, balancing and preparing reports, training personnel, providing excellent customer service by assisting with inquiries, and/or assisting other departmental personnel with grant reporting assignments; this may involve making recommendations of process improvements to increase efficiencies
  • Perform other duties assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must have high-level writing and research skills, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of Cumberland County as such pertains to the performance of the essential duties of the Grants Manager position
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of accounting work to include performing grants management, budget and accounting activities, and financial and grant reporting
  • Working knowledge of the County’s financial systems to include chart of accounts and daily/monthly financial transactions
  • Considerable knowledge of financial systems & have significant knowledge of financial systems to analyze and modify operations
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the essential duties and responsibilities of the position
  • Considerable knowledge of the organization of the County government, and of related departments and grantor entities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, creativity, and critical thinking
  • Ability to maintain cooperative and effective relationships with intra- and interdepartmental personnel, as well as any external entities with which position interacts
  • Ability to work in collaboration with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality


Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, accounting, finance or a directly related field and four years of progressively responsible professional level experience to include grants management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.