John is the Associate Director of Sponsored Programs at a university, which involves overseeing grant management. His typical day involves helping faculty secure funding or administer grants. He found his job while temping in grad school, and it developed into his career today. He tells us that he wishes he had done more research in preparing for college because there are more career opportunities out there than he ever knew.
Grants management is a job function within a grantmaking organization that focuses on the operations side of grantmaking, including grantmaking policies, procedures, compliance, and data and records management.
Within grant management are the following roles and responsibilities.:
-Senior managers (officers and the board) are the experts in what the organization funds, deciding the organization’s strategic focus and funding priorities.
-Program staff are the experts in who the organization funds, building relationships with grantees and potential grantees, keeping abreast of developments in the field and making the tough decisions among competing proposals.
-Grants managers are the experts on how grants are made, dealing with the policies, procedures and operations behind receiving, awarding, and monitoring grants.
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