The Director of Grants Administration collaborates with colleagues
across the organization to execute grants that achieve the strategic
and philanthropic goals of The Chicago Community Trust. Reporting to
the CFO, responsibilities include developing, recommending, and
implementing policies and procedures related to grants management, as
well as providing leadership for interdepartmental activities
regarding the acquisition and administration of Competitive,
Designated, and Donor Advised grants. The Director of Grants is
responsive to the needs of grant seekers, internal staff and executive
This is a hybrid position, offering a flexible working arrangement
both in and out of the Loop office.
- Oversee the Grants Management department to execute all types of
grant making including Competitive, Designated, and Donor Advised grants.
- Manage, inspire, train, and evaluate the Grants Management team to
achieve departmental goals and support organizational objectives.
- Lead decision-making among colleagues to design and execute
efficient and effective funding programs.
- Partner with Community Impact team to leverage the grants
management system to best achieve the department’s goals.
- Incorporate industry best practices in grants management to
support the Trust in designing and improving grants policies,
procedures, and technology, reflecting strong internal controls and
US GAAP compliance.
- Answer and manage external and internal inquiries about the
Trust’s grant program and specific funding opportunities.
Communicate with grantees regarding their grant agreements,
payments, and reports.
- Plan grant cycles and deadlines in coordination with Community
- Oversee training staff on both grant procedures and grants
- Collaborate across departments to improve internal processes.
- Serve on various internal and interdepartmental committees as needed.
This description should not be construed to contain every function
or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an
incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other
related functions as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration,
Public Policy, Political Science, Finance or Economics
OR an equivalent combination of professional work
experience, training, and education.
- Ten (10) years of grant development experience.
- Three (3) years’ prior experience in grant administration policies
- Three (3) years of prior supervisory, managerial or project
management work experience.
- Thorough knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local rules,
regulations and guidelines related to grants administration.
- Considerable knowledge of grant writing and application process.
Knowledge of grants management software.
- Ability to analyze financial and other statistical data. Ability
to determine compliance with federal and state statutes, rules, and
regulations, as well as departmental grant policies.
- Ability to make sound judgments and effectively communicate with
others in written and oral form.
- Ability to evaluate and prioritize multiple assignments in an
efficient and timely manner.
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Experience with process improvement.
- Skilled in the management of other professionals engaged in
computer-based financial and budgetary analysis.
- Skilled in presentation development using Microsoft PowerPoint
and/or other presentation software.
- Strong problem-solving skills, a willingness to take calculated
risks and creatively address complex issues.
- Strong listening skills, with the ability to synthesize feedback
and information from various stakeholders.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Trust is committed to creating a diverse work environment and
is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Trust does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,
gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability,
parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under
applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to
apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please
e-mail us at email@example.com if you require a reasonable
accommodation to complete this application.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are fundamental to achieving
The Chicago Community Trust’s vision is a Chicago region where
equity, opportunity, and prosperity abound. We acknowledge the
specific role discrimination and systemic barriers based on race,
ethnicity, and other varied identities and differences have played in
limiting opportunities for too many. A commitment to Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion is at the core of who we are, the decisions we
make, and the actions we take in our work to strengthen the
communities we serve and advance our strategic focus to close the
racial and ethnic wealth gap. Click here to learn
more about our strategic plan.
The History of The Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and Albert
Harris, father and son duo of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank (now
BMO Harris Bank). The Trust was the fourth community foundation ever
created. There are now 750 community foundations in Canada and the U.S.
As our region’s community foundation, the Trust unites generous
donors, committed nonprofits and caring residents to effect lasting
change that moves our entire region forward. Our approach centers on
tackling the region’s immediate needs and addressing the root causes
of deep-seated issues to realize a more prosperous future for all who
call metropolitan Chicago home.
For more than 100 years, donors have entrusted their philanthropic
resources and visions to our stewardship. Guided by our deep knowledge
of the community, we fund, lead, convene and collaborate to address
the greatest and most critical needs facing the Chicago region. From
the $22 million raised to help with unemployment relief in the Great
Depression to spearheading an effort to help people keep their homes
during the foreclosure crisis of the Great Recession to $35 million
raised for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which
supported nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors, Chicagoans
have put their trust in us.
In 2019, we announced we would focus our discretionary spending over
the next decade on working to close Chicago’s growing racial and
ethnic wealth gap. The Trust envisions a Chicago region that’s
stronger and more prosperous because everyone—regardless of race,
ethnicity, or zip code—has equitable access to the opportunities and
resources they need to succeed and live a fulfilling life.
With assets of more than $3.7 billion, the Trust, in partnership with
its donors, distributes more than $600 million in grants each year.
The Trust Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors,
grant recipients, residents, and community leaders that continue to
work tirelessly to make the Chicago region one where all have the
opportunity to realize their dreams.