Job: Grants Officer, Europe (National Endowment for Democracy)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3 grantmaking foundation that receives an annual Congressional appropriation in excess of $310 million and is governed by a private, bipartisan Board of Directors. This unusual arrangement positions NED to play a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center).

We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Grants Officer, Europe who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a fast-paced Grants Administration team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Grants Officer works under the supervision of the Senior Manager, Grants Administration (Europe).  This position provides hands-on (cradle-to-grave) management of an assigned grant portfolio, working closely with colleagues to provide effective and collaborative due diligence and oversight of grant programs. The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission.  The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.

Responsibilities:  

  • Participate in proposal review and risk assessment processes, providing input into the assessment of the eligibility and grants administration capacity of prospective grantees.
  • Analyze proposal budgets for allowability, allocability, and reasonableness.
  • Draft new grant agreements and amendments.
  • Ensure the smooth management of grants portfolio, including timely payments, quick response to grantee inquiries, and efficient problem-solving.
  • Maintain an up-to-date grant portfolio, sending all reminders, follow-ups, and closeouts.
  • Approve grantee financial reports, payment requests, and conduct resolution of invoice review findings.
  • Facilitate grantees’ understanding of grant, reporting, and audit requirements.
  • Ensure that grants awarded are in compliance with US Government or other donor regulations and/or other special requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (such as international studies, relevant area studies, or nonprofit administration).
  • Minimum of 2 years of grants or contract administration experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; and knowledge of a grants management database or system.
  • Familiarity with Federal grant regulations and international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operational environment.
  • Familiarity with or an interest in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Central or Eastern European languages desired.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and organize time efficiently.
  • Strong ability to be a team player and self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role, working independently, and in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to work with discretion.
  • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.

This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries. 

Located in Washington, D.C., the salary range for this role is $ 51,750 – 73,125 USD, plus benefits. The final offer for a successful candidate will be determined by a combination of factors, including, but not limited to, skill set, level of experience, education, and market considerations.

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