Grants and Contracts Manager

Washington, DC
Full Time
Grants & Finance
Mid Level

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, anti-corruption & ethics, and trade.

Position:  Grants and Contracts Manager

Reports to: Director, Grants and Contracts

Scope: This is a full-time, exempt Washington, D.C. based position, responsible for providing grants and contracts management, and technical support to CIPE programs.  This includes managing awards through the total grant cycle (pre-award to post-award), monitoring sub-recipients, interpreting grant regulations and contracts, collaborating with Program customers on grant budget and expenditure management, and providing guidance on a continuous basis to ensure compliance with grant regulations and contract obligations.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing management oversight and technical assistance for all matters relating to grants, contracts, and sub-agreements for CIPE projects.
  • Maintaining extensive knowledge of federal regulations, including the Uniform Guidance, and familiarity with the FAR.
  • Reviewing sub-awards, contracts, and modifications, to ensure the appropriate donor requirements and flow-down language are incorporated, procurement procedures are documented, and budgeted costs are allowable and reasonable.
  • Providing guidance and technical support to CIPE’s program teams regarding grants and contracts agreement terms and conditions.
  • Assisting CIPE project teams with negotiating grants, contracts and sub-awards.
  • Regularly meeting with Program teams to review spending, budgets and forecasts to ensure required program activities are adequately funded and spending does not exceed budgetary constraints.
  • Working closely with CIPE project teams and the Senior Grants and Contracts Manager to identify grants and contracts management needs.
  • Collaborating with the Finance and Legal departments to ensure accuracy and compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Assisting the Senior Grants and Contracts Manager in developing and maintaining policies and procedures to effectively manage grants and contracts and comply with donor requirements.
  • Oversee sub-award management, including, but not limited to assessing the risk level for sub-awards and determining the appropriate monitoring requirements.
  • Maintaining accurate documentation to support grants and contracts related activities and ensuring adherence with donor and audit requirements.
  • Assisting with the proposal and project development process.  This includes reviewing incoming and outgoing proposals and providing recommendations to program teams.
  • Preparing donor reports and billing, as requested. 
  • Assisting the Senior Grants and Contracts Manager with project closeouts.
  • Assisting project teams with monitoring project deadlines and deliverables
  • Generating and disseminating periodic reports on the status of grants, contracts, and sub-agreements.
  • Developing and managing special projects as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years grants management and negotiation experience with federal and/or private funders
  • Extensive knowledge of rules and regulations for grants and cooperative agreements including 2 CFR 200
  • Ability to creatively problem solve while maintaining compliance with donor requirements
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with staff at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple assignments
  • Understanding of financial management terms and procedures
  • Effective listening and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally as required by project activities.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills including demonstrated writing, proofreading, and research skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Good financial acumen
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and supervise junior staff and Interns
  • Strong IT Skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Benefits and Perks
Competitive Benefits including medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, flexible spending, paid family leave, life insurance, 401(k), commuter benefits, telework, and more!
CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.
Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and marital status or any other legally protected class or characteristic covered by applicable law. CIPE is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need.

CIPE believes diversity and inclusion across our organization is critical to our programs, mission, and success as a globally operating business. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain talent from a diverse candidate pool.


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