Manager, Grants and Contracts

Job Type

Full Time




1744 R Street, NW
United States


The Manager for Grants & Contracts, a newly created position in GMF’s Finance department, will provide expert grants management services throughout GMF. S/he will be responsible for the financial management of major grants through each stage of the grant life cycle. Major grants are loosely defined to include several of the following attributes: multi-year duration; large USD value in excess of $1.0M; applicability to more than one GMF program; and awarded by the US government or the European Union. Responsibilities include assessing and defining financial reporting requirements and schedules for individual grants. S/he will ensure compliance with required regulations (US government, EU and other public donors), and award terms and conditions for each agreement or contract. This role serves as the primary point of contact for: grants, contracts, procurement and subgrant management; proposal and award review; donor compliance; financial reporting; and agreements and funding mechanisms for subgrantees/subcontractors. 

Further, this individual will provide institutional learning and training on grant, contracts and procurement administration. As the key manager and facilitator of programmatic and operational grant management systems, the Manager, Grants and Contracts is responsible for developing and managing many critical processes and tools across a global organization.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Grants Management (80%)

  • Develop, implement, and manage processes used to administer inbound major grants and gifts, including financial reporting, and stewardship components.
  • Perform grant management financial analysis and reporting for major grants.
  • Act as liaison between the programmatic, partnership and financial teams to ensure continuity, accuracy, and adherence to key grant management and reporting processes for major grants.

Procurement & Contracts Management (20%)

  • Ensure that UG government federally funded procurement and contracts comply with all sections of the Uniform Guidance (§200.317 – §200.326)
  • Develop, implement, and manage processes and tools used to administer contractors and subcontractors, including financial, reporting, and stewardship components.
  • Review all procurement documentation, contracts and agreement checklists for accuracy and completeness.
  • Coordinate legal review with legal counsel of material contracts and agreements.
  • Provide mentoring and training to staff in areas of procurement and contracts.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Accounting, Finance, Math or related field; MBA, MPA or certification (CFA or CMA) a plus.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of technical grant management experience with US government issued grants or cooperative agreements.
  • Working knowledge of US government regulations regarding fiscal management of federal funds OMB 2 CFR Part 200, OMB Circulars A-110, A-133, A-122; Federal Acquisition Regulations; USAID Regulation 22CFR226, 22CFR228; and grants and cooperative agreements.
  • Experience with EU and other European donors a plus.
  • Experience working with and managing financial oversight of multimillion dollar and multi-year grants.
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel and experience with accounting and CRM software.
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving and ability to find creative solutions.
  • Solid skills prioritizing projects, meeting deadlines, and initiating follow through with meticulous attention to detail and high-level accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and handle multiple simultaneous tasks.
  • Solid analytical capabilities; excellent data presentation skills.
  • Proven ability in project management.
  • Superior interpersonal and communications skills, verbal and written, including the ability to engage effectively with staff at all levels in a fast-paced entrepreneurial work environment.
  • Prior experience in an international, cross-cultural work environment; willingness to work flexible hours on an as-needed basis to serve multi-time zones.
  • Excellent English language skills with proficiency in another language a plus, especially German, Romanian, Polish or French.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.

Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, nonprofit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.


To Apply: 

Please visit our website at: provide a cover letter and your salary requirements. 


 Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree