Job Opening: Sr. Grants Manager - Washington, DC | UNCF

Job Opening: Sr. Grants Manager – Washington, DC

The position is responsible for the operations of post-award grant administration and related accounting duties of UNCF grants.

Job Title: Senior Grants Manager
Location: Washington, DC

Job Description

Under the direction of the Controller, the Grants Manager is responsible for the operations of post-award grant administration and related accounting duties of UNCF grants. The Grants Manager also assists in coordinating and directing the preparation of annual operating and financial forecasts, grant fund management and fund awarding/allocation to program partners including analysis and variance reporting. This position will also be responsible for the management and oversight of all matched savings record reconciliation, fund dispersal approval and interfacing with program partners and funders, including banks holding the savings accounts.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Guides, assists staff and participates in the development and preparation of proposals, grant agreements, financial models, and analysis to include budgets, supporting documentation, and interpretation of funding requirements for proper revenue recognition decision.
  • Analyzes and evaluates grant budgets for the adequacy and correct calculation of expense categories such as salaries and benefits (percent of effort), indirect costs, occupancy, use of technology allocations, materials, etc.
  • Employee shall serve as the primary liaison between Development and Scholarships and Programs Departments, other restricted programs and initiatives, and Finance and Accounting. Be responsible for the coordination, review, and submission of timely external grant reports and related funding requests.
  • Assists in the formulation of processes and procedures for cost transfers between programs and manages the cost transfer process – including timely allocations and reconciliations.
  • Serves as the principal financial liaison to the Gates Foundation and partners. Responsibilities include reviews of monthly financial reports for accuracy and completeness; assists in the preparation of the annual budget and annual report for submission to the Gates Foundation; coordinates and serves as the primary contact for Gates Assurance Audit; assists with Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMSP) financial audits; assists with updating the GMSP funding model.
  • Manages and conducts a monthly review of funded projects for cash and pledge status (where applicable); reviews the progress of the funded projects and whether the money is utilized for funder approved purposes.
  • Provides periodic reports and updates to supervisor, leaders and key staff of restricted programs.
  • Drives annual budget processes and forecast for restricted programs.
  • Participates and assists in special projects and performs associated duties as assigned; may provide functional direction to lower-level staff on assigned work.
  • This position may supervise one or more employees.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in accounting is essential, MBA, MFA or related field preferred
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing grants with nonprofit fund and grant accounting. Certified Public Accountant designation desired but not required.
  • Strong communication skills and experience in auditing, system design and implementation and knowledge of non-profit and GAAP accounting practices.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plan and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/or other computer systems, spreadsheet and financial systems programs and applications.

Other Skills

  • Proficient with accounting software, spreadsheets, and data management systems
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills, including financial analysis and reporting
  • Ability to meet competing priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent collegial interpersonal skills and team-oriented
  • Willingness to mentor others

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