Director of Grants and Financial Planning

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,000
Maximum: $97,500
Details: This is a full-time staff position.



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


The Georgia Policy Labs seeks a Director of Grants and Financial Planning to lead the fiscal operations of the Georgia Policy Labs. This position is responsible for the sound financial management of a complex, multi-million dollar budget and serves as the principal fiscal advisor to the Senior Director. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Oversee all financial aspects of grants

  • Lead all pre-award activities in accordance with institutional and agency guidelines
  • Serve as liaison between labs and the Office of Sponsored Proposals and Awards
  • Lead development of all aspects of the format, preparation, and submission of grant applications to government, industry, and foundation sponsors
  • Lead post-award activities, ensuring all required post-award documents and reports are filed on a timely basis; prepare re-budgets and no cost extension requests
  • Work with the leadership team to identify strategies to increase external support for lab activities
  • Prepare detailed expense budgets; allocate, authorize, monitor, and control expenses
  • Prepare summaries of grants and effort allocations for principal investigators

Implement, monitor, and maintain financial controls and systems

  • Direct all fiscal controls as well as financial management, reporting, and analysis for the labs
  • Manage internal audit functions and risks
  •  Develop, implement, and maintain internal financial and operations control systems to ensure compliance with relevant policies and with all IRS, legal, and regulatory requirements
  • Select, develop, implement, and oversee procedures and systems for tracking and reporting of all revenues, funds, and operating expenses

Develop and manage the organization’s budget across all fund types; forecast revenues and expenditures to support a sustainable organization

  • Forecast expenditures and revenues for the Policy Labs
  • Develop, monitor, and analyze a short- and long-term budget plan as well as the budget preparation and submission process
  • Prepare and review monthly and quarterly reports for the leadership team to aid in the analysis of expenditures and return on investment and the reallocation of resources as needed
  • Review operating budgets regularly to analyze trends affecting budget needs

Advise on strategy and participate in efforts to raise funds through individual, corporate, foundation, and governmental grant giving

Cultivate relationships with funders and their offices; liaise with GSU fundraising offices

Supervise business manager

The Director of Grants and Financial Planning will report directly to the Senior Director and be a key member of the Policy Labs’ leadership team. This position is intended for a highly analytical individual who can see the big picture and is willing to be an active and engaged member in a young organization. Training opportunities are encouraged and supported for this position; travel commitments are limited.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field and six years of supervisory/management experience or a combination of education and related experience

Preferred competencies: An ideal candidate will have experience working in a university or non-profit setting. Other competencies include

  • Strong accounting, financial analysis, and budgeting skills
  • Ability to think strategically and translate into operational objectives
  • Ability to independently analyze and develop solutions to complex problems and make recommendations
  • Ability to work effectively under considerable time pressure on high stakes projects
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and self-managed

The Georgia Policy Labs (GPL) is a collaboration between Georgia State University and a variety of government agencies to promote evidence-based policy development and implementation. Housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, GPL works to create an environment where policymakers have the information and tools available to improve the effectiveness of existing government policies and programs, try out new ideas for addressing pressing issues, and decide what new initiatives are promising enough to scale up. The ultimate goal is to help government entities more effectively use scarce resources and make a positive difference in people’s lives. GPL comprises three labs: The Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education works to improve K-12 educational outcomes in metro Atlanta; the Career and Technical Education Exchange focuses on high-school-based career and technical education in multiple U.S. states; and the Child and Family Policy Lab works with state agencies to improve outcomes for children and families. In addition to conducting evidence-based policy research, GPL will serve as a teaching and learning resource for state officials and policymakers, students, and other constituents.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


Benefits are provided through Georgia State University.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

An application, resume, cover letter, and a list of three references are required for consideration by November 20, 2018.