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COLLEGE GRANT MANAGEMENT, IN-DEPTH: People Tend To Stay In Their Jobs For Many Years Here

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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.

Degree: Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience
Job Title: Associate Director of Sponsored Programs
Employer: LaGuardia Community College

Job Summary: Grants Manager

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training


Additional Info

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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$40,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Organizational skills, Written communication skills, Mathematical skills, Teamwork

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