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Grants Administrator

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We are searching for a dynamic and effective Grants Administrator to support management of our grant funded programs and a robust subgrants program in conjunction with our state and local policy campaign team. The campaign seeks to spark and support initiatives by state and local organizations, policymakers, and the public to build synergy and national momentum for food and nutrition policies, especially in historically disenfranchised communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing. This role reports to the Senior Grants and Program Manager. The job location is Washington, DC or remote.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the nation’s food and health watchdog, works to improve the food environment for all. CSPI led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school food, remove sugary drinks from children’s menus, and require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus. Those successes led to sweeping national policies—such as:

  • Nutrition Labeling and Education Act which put Nutrition Facts Label on most packaged foods;
  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which set 21st Century standards for school foods;
  • Food Safety Modernization Act, which gave authority to the FDA to recall contaminated foods; and
  • Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act, which requires clear labeling of foods containing leading allergens.

Unhealthy food and beverages are the leading contributors to death in the United States, contributing to over 600,000 premature deaths each year, primarily through heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. The typical American diet is low in fruit, vegetables and whole grains and too high in sugar-sweetened beverages, red and processed meat, full-fat dairy, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat. The ubiquity, amounts, and aggressive promotion of sugary drinks and unhealthy food in the food supply are hazardous to the public’s health.

We are searching for a dynamic and effective Grants Administrator to support management of our grant funded programs and a robust subgrants program in conjunction with our state and local policy campaign team.  The campaign seeks to spark and support initiatives by state and local organizations, policymakers, and the public to build synergy and national momentum for food and nutrition policies, especially in historically disenfranchised communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing. This role reports to the Senior Grants and Program Manager.  The job location is Washington, DC or remote.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as CSPI’s administrative support and point of contact for grantees.
  • Provide technical support to grantees, helping them with applications and reporting.
  • Ensure that our Grants Management System, Common Grant is kept up to date. Maintain other administrative grants trackers in SharePoint or elsewhere.
  • Facilitate the grant applicant evaluation process and discussions.
  • Help draft communications to grantors and grantees, including grant agreements, contracts, application forms, and amendments.
  • Work closely with campaign and organizing teams to monitor subgrant reporting, deliverables, and expenditures. Process subgrant payments per their contract schedule.
  • Monitor grants management workflow processes and procedures and recommend improvements to systems and policies.
  • Assist with processing payments made against grant budgets and with keeping grant budget trackers up to date.
  • Assist with managing CSPIs grant database and CRM system and ensure records are accurate and complete.
  • Help with scheduling and hosting grant related meetings. 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess:

  • Some nonprofit grant administration experience, including budget management, accounting, and grant-reporting.
  • Experience with working across teams in a positive, inclusive, collaborative, and strategic organizational culture.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of grantmaking, public health, and social justice and ability to promote it throughout the work and in the workplace.
  • Proven track record of building strong relationships with multiple stakeholders in a persuasive, credible, and professional manner.
  • High level of organization and attention to details.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to produce high quality written materials, including financial reports.
  • Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism, with the ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to manage competing deadlines.
  • Proficiency with MSOffice applications, including Word and Excel. 
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.

Compensation

The salary range is $50,000-$55,000, based on experience. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a three percent employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service.

To Apply

Please utilize CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to apply for the Grants Administrator position. You will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest.

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CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspective, and skills and encourage people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply.

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