Government Grants Manager



Government Grants Manager

Employment Type:

Full time


Portland, OR


$55,000 - $65,000 salary

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Job Description:

Position:                                 Government Grants Manager
Department:                          Finance
Supervisor:                             Vice President of Finance
Status:                                     Full time/Exempt
Compensation/Benefits:       $55,000 - $65,000 salary.  Salary is commensurate with experience and includes full benefits package: medical, dental, vision, alternative care coverage, short-term disability, employee assistance program, vacation and sick leave, holidays, flexible spending accounts, and matching retirement plan
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in local communities, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With community support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. 
Started in 1981, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East (HFHPME) revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. HFHPME is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global home building movement. By providing affordable housing, home repairs, skilled construction training, financial education, and volunteer opportunities, the organization has transformed millions of lives, helped stabilize communities and fostered economic vitality in the region. HFHPME is one of the most successful affiliates in the nation and is on the leading edge of program development, innovation and fundraising. Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving families in need and creating a better community for everyone who lives here. 
Through our 2021 Strategic Plan, HFHPME will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing. This innovative and bold plan will triple the number of families served annually, and includes a shift to a new business model that leverages private fundraising with public, financial, and nonprofit partnerships. The Government Grants Manager will play a critical role in implementing the new business model.

Position Overview

The Government Grants Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for securing and expanding government funding in support of the mission and goals of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. In addition, the Government Grants Manager will be responsible for developing metrics, creating a grant management system, implementing strategies and systems to stay in compliance with ongoing funding, and communicating with leadership (internal and external) what is needed to build and maintain grant relationships.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage and support the grants requirement and implementation for the organization
  • Research, identify and maximize funding from government sources and ensure organizational compliance
  • Write and submit all local, state, and federal government grant proposals, crafting clear project-specific budgets that come alive with innovative and exciting cases for support
  • Manage activities to develop proposals: work inter-departmentally to develop timelines, compile information, and prepare and submit proposals packets
  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to prepare and implement grants
  • Prepare financial or budget plans and allocations with the CEO
  • Assist with negotiations and finalizations of awards
  • Interpret regulations and educate Habitat staff on required process and procedure to ensure affiliate compliance across departments -- primarily homeownership, finance and construction teams
  • Develop and implement infrastructure (technology, process and systems) that supports efficient tracking, data, drawdown of funds and reporting
  • Represent the organization at internal and external meetings related to grants, as well as prepare and present briefing and reports as necessary
  • Prepare external agreements, subcontracts and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) as necessary
  • Lead the organization-wide metrics program that is the core of Habitat’s ability to measure and improve efficiency and impact
  • Build relationships with government partners to ensure Habitat’s voice is present in affordable housing policy and procedure discussions
  • Understand who’s who in the affordable housing industry and closely follow the conversation at the local, state and federal level to stay in tune with government funding priorities
Required Education, Experience and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant experience including proven experience securing and complying with government grant contracts
  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising grant projects
  • Make decisions and solve problems independently and effectively
  • Possess thorough, organized, detail-oriented and accurate approach to work
  • Able to independently and effectively identify, evaluate, problem solve, and give direction regarding problem resolution for individual and department-wide issues
  • Multi-tasker with strong ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to lead inter-departmental collaboration
  • Ability to comprehend complex grant requirements and government regulations
  • Excellent writing skills with a history of success in writing public grants that secure awards
  • Strategic thinking with ability to execute a plan
  • Proficient public speaking skills
  • Experience with manipulating data and a deep understanding of Excel software
  • Experience with basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting
Preferred Experience
  • Experience with HUD Compliance
  • Passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations
  • Experience in public policy, public affairs, government relations or project management
  • 1-3 years of experience administering government grants for nonprofits
1.         A complete resume, including dates of employment.
2.         The names and contact information for three professional references.
3.         A cover letter including answers to the following questions:
  • How have your personal and professional experiences prepared you for this position?
  • How did you hear about this position?
To apply, submit the above information to: with “HFH – Government Grants Manager” in the subject before Monday, June 11, 2018.
Note:  This job description is intended as a guideline only, and does not limit in any way the duties or responsibilities of any employee.  Nothing herein shall be construed as a contract of employment, expressed or implied.  All employment is terminable at will, with or without cause.
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.  We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive.
For further information about Habitat visit our website at:
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
1478 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR, United States
Phone: 5032879529

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