John, a university grant manager, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and his work-life balance. He tells us that there aren't many job openings in this field because many of the people who have these jobs tend to stay in it. However, that does mean that these people love their work, so it is an enjoyable field to get into.
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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