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Director of Grants Management

National CASA/GAL Association

Director of Grants Management

Location: Seattle, WA

Position Purpose
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children fulfills society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified and compassionate adult will fight for and protect an abused or neglected child’s best interest. The mission of National CASA/GAL, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive. Today, only 40% of the abused or neglected children in the system have access to a CASA/GAL volunteer. The National CASA/GAL organization is committed to ensuring 100% of these children have access to a CASA/GAL volunteer.

Breaking New Ground
Starting in 2019, National CASA/GAL launched a multi-year campaign, “Change a Child’s Story”. The campaign is an integrated campaign designed to reach out to a wide range of constituent groups and was deployed across a wide spectrum of media. In addition to this campaign, National CASA/GAL has developed a new strategic framework that is informing and guiding our efforts through a major reorganization, development of a new business model, and a plan for the future direction of our organization, including the launching of a major capital campaign. The team that will drive these changes will be hands on leaders, critical thinkers and problem solvers, relationship builders, collaborative decision-makers, as well as effective communicators, and entrepreneurial and change leaders.

Position Summary
The Director of Grants Management will be the primary position responsible for managing all internal grants processes for federal and non-federal funding, including but not limited to the grant application and selection process, leading the administration of grant awards to state and local CASA/GAL programs, monitoring the grantee reporting system, preparing and analyzing grant data, managing grantee reporting, helping to assure compliance with funder requirements, providing technical assistance to members regarding the grants program, and closing out grants. The position will also provide structure around grant making by developing or improving processes, procedures, guidelines and internal controls.

Responsibilities

  • Develop or continually improve National CASA/GAL’s new grants process and systems created.
  • Manage all internal grants processes for federal and non-federal funding and provide structure around grant making by developing or improving processes, procedures, guidelines and internal controls.
  • Oversee the grant application and selection process and lead the administration of grant awards to state and local CASA/GAL programs to include identification and screening of the eligibility criteria.
  • Serve as National CASA/GAL’s primary grant liaison with the network providing technical assistance to members regarding the grants program.
  • Provide training to grantees on the application process, grant compliance and reporting requirements.
  • Maximize opportunities for grants to be awarded broadly across the network and the states based upon the type of grants and funding priorities and preferences.
  • Design and participate in a system of grant accountability, assist staff conducting onsite monitoring and desk audits, provide feedback and ensure follow-up.
  • Develop, improve, monitor and manage the grantee and financial reporting systems to assure compliance with the requirements of the grant program, grantee accountability and accurate reporting of expenditures.
  • Prepare and analyze grant data; assist in the creation of grantor related reports; provide regular and ad hoc grantee progress reports to organization leadership.
  • Assure compliance with funder deliverables coordinating with other staff as applicable.
  • Maintain grantee files that contain supporting documentation and conduct periodic internal audits of files to assess completeness.
  • Manage the notification, grant budget adjustment and close out processes for the various grant programs.
  • Develop and collaborate on an annual report addressing the impact of National CASA/GAL’s grant funds on program and child outputs and outcomes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements
To be successful in this position, the employee must:

  • 5+ years’ experience in a related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the job;
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively internally and externally.
  • Demonstrates ability to embrace and exemplify organizational competencies and values.
  • Works well under pressure with deadlines and skilled in prioritizing responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including National CASA/GAL staff, board members, volunteers, donors, member organization staff, and other supporters.
  • Demonstrates a history of continuous improvement through professional development.
  • Previous experience in a non-profit or grant making organization, experience successfully applying for and administering grant funds is preferred;
  • Willingness to travel as necessary (10-25% of the time);
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with staff, and external constituents;
  • Proven ability to work with and lead teams;
  • Demonstrated flexibility, mature judgment and ability to function professionally under stress;
  • Strong ability to approach tasks from a customer service orientation;
  • Experience as a trainer/facilitator both in-person and online desired;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word and PowerPoint) and grants management systems;
  • Highly organized;
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a flexible, entrepreneurial, and opportunistic environment;
  • Proven success with large-scale initiatives, change management, and culture shifts;
  • Demonstrated experience directing and implementing new systems, processes, and technology to enhance internal operations and organizational effectiveness;
  • A commitment to continuous improvement.

Organizational Values
Adaptability ◦ Collaboration ◦ Integrity ◦ Respect ◦ Quality ◦ Service ◦ Stewardship

National CASA/GAL offers a competitive base salary plus benefits, generous paid leave, and work/life balance policies. This is a full-time exempt position.

National CASA/GAL is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, GA and is committed to an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to employment@nationalcasagal.org with a subject line of Director, Grants Management.

National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children
100 WEST HARRISON, NORTH TOWER, SUITE 500, SEATTLE, WA 98119
https://nationalcasagal.org