Strategic Initiatives and Grant Compliance Manager

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Strategic Initiative and Grants Compliance Manager Job Description

 Location: Chicago, IL

Type: Full-Time; 15% evenings and weekends

Category: Finance and Operations

Preferred Education: Master’s degree in business, accounting, urban planning, community or economic development or related field required.

Certifications: Microsoft Excel Certification

Reports To: Executive Director

 GCI is an organization of residents and business owners working together to restore the health and strength of our Greater Chatham neighborhoods (Chatham, Auburn Gresham, Greater Grand Crossing, and Avalon Park).

 Since founding GCI in 2016, we’ve launched a series of initiatives designed to energize our economy, boost our housing market, and enrich the quality of life for all of us in Greater Chatham. We are currently addressing business, workforce development, housing and public safety challenges to strengthen Greater Chatham and re-establish it as a vibrant, appealing, and safe place to live, work, shop, eat, and socialize.

Job Summary:

The Strategic Initiatives and Grants Compliance Manager will be second in command.  The role of the Initiatives and Grants Compliance Manager is to plan, implement, and execute the strategic vision of the Greater Chatham Initiative regarding program and/or operational initiatives, and manage the fiscal operations of the organizations. Incumbent will be required to supervise and coordinate projects or initiatives in accordance with the needs of the organization and the Greater Chatham area. The Strategic Initiative and Grants Compliance Manager will also interpret multiple projects’ objectives and oversee reporting throughout their respective life cycle.  This includes acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of city-wide and local area-wide teams, the Greater Chatham Initiative’s personnel, plus third-party contractors, or consultants to deliver projects or initiatives according to plan.



Essential Job Responsibilities:

Strategic Initiatives

·      Executes strategic plan for the Greater Chatham Initiative insuring alignment and synergy between housing development, workforce development, business development and public safety.

·      Reviews program and operational initiatives from our programs and social enterprises for alignment with the Greater Chatham Initiative’s strategic plan and provides direct feedback to the Executive Director.

·      Develops, directs, and manages full-scale projects and initiatives assigned by the Executive Director from idea through implementation.

·      Generates metrics to measure staff and project impact and holds the staff accountable for success.

·      Proactively manages changes in project scope, identifies potential crises, and devises contingency plans.

·      Coordinates staff support, including recommending various personnel actions related to staff including but not limited to hiring, performance appraisals, and promotions; determining work priorities and scheduling workflow to meet deadlines; and ensuring accuracy and timeliness of work.

·      Prepares administrative reports.

·      Conducts post-project reviews and creates a recommendations report to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements.

·      Makes recommendations as to additional training needed for staff associated with Federal policies, community priorities, best practices, and other grant related regulations.

·      Prepares write ups for recommendations for operational and administrative problems.

·      Public speaking at community, professional associations, and government meetings, events, and seminars.


Fiscal Operations

·      Support the CPA in account reconciliation.

·      Provides and supports auditors’ requests.

·      Performs ongoing assessment of the organization's office organization and functioning, advises the Executive Director of deficiencies in office systems and operations, and recommends solutions.

·      Prepares financial and/or administrative reports.

·      Completes vouchers and oversees and where necessary compiles reports.


Grants Compliance

·      Coordinates with other units regarding multi-community-based organizations grants/contracts. Serves as contact for annual audits and agency site visits.

·      Responsible for in‐depth, high quality, and professional evaluations of GCI’s program operations, required documentation, and service delivery reporting according to the expectations and regulations of the various funding sources.

·      Reviews grant funding utilization to identify areas where grant funding could be maximized. Implements funding plans and/or draft budget revisions requests to funding agencies.

·      Identifies areas for improvement and puts compliance actions in place, in collaboration with the appropriate project manager.

·      Collaborates with project managers for program outcome analysis and quarterly program progress reports.

·      Acts as Project Leader to coordinate efforts between program managers to review new funding opportunities, renewals, and amendments, funder monitoring reviews, completing grant progress reports, and budget processes.

·      Prepares with project managers reports regarding grant funded project performance and statistics.

·      Consistently seeks out new business opportunities; Able to shift priorities fluidly, in tandem with evolving business demands.


Required Skills and Experience:

·      Professional and personal deep knowledge of and experience in executing community and economic development activities in black urban environments.

·      Excellent analytical, organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills with an ability to prioritize, drive and complete multiple projects under stringent deadlines, and to respond to changing priorities.

·      Excellent problem solving, with an ability to take disparate sets of quantitative and qualitative data and drive to innovative solutions.

·      Demonstrated experience in project, nonprofit, and social enterprise financial planning and analysis.

·      Experience with process change and optimization.

·      Excellent written and verbal communication and influencing skills.

·      Project Management

·      Lead varying sized teams.

·      Ability to work with a variety of partners and team members across different projects.

·      Strong analytical skills and ability to translate to operational processes.



Minimum Qualifications

·      a Bachelor of Arts or Science in business, accounting, urban planning, community or economic development or related field required.

·      3 years of experience in strategic consulting, operations, community and/or economic development, and/or social enterprise environments.

Preferred Qualifications

·      Master’s degree in business, accounting, urban planning, community or economic development or related field required.

·      3 years of work experience developing solutions to business problems, implementing solutions with a focus in strategy, operations, community development, economic development, and/or social enterprise environments.

·      Microsoft Excel Certification

·      International Economic Development Council Economic or “CEcD preferred” Certification


·      Knowledge of and experience in the use of technology. Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite products. Excellent Excel and Power Point command.

·      Excellent working understanding of the creation of financial statements.

·      Skilled in organizational development, personnel management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning.

·      Excellent people skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team in person and virtually.


Professional Qualities and Characteristics:

·      Outstanding collaboration skills. Exceptional ability to build relationships in a wide range of environments including community, nonprofit and corporate.

·      High level of business acumen; able to make timely decisions and drive to action.

·      Self-motivated.

·      Demonstrated commitment to black racial equity, diversity, and multiculturalism.

·      Ability to advise and influence the organization regarding performance improvement opportunities.

·      Must be able to work independently with little supervision, be detail-oriented, flexible in terms of hours/responsibilities, and able to organize and prioritize multiple deadlines.

·      High degree of interpersonal and professional savvy across varying levels of internal management, staff, clients, and associates.

·      Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to corporate mission.



This is a 12-month contract for 2021, with the possibility to be renewal.


Strategic Initiative and Grants Compliance Manager Job Description

 Location: Chicago, IL

Type: Full-Time; 15% evenings and weekends

Category: Finance and Operations

Preferred Education: Master’s degree in business, accounting, urban…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Health benefits as well as paid time off.

Health benefits as well as paid time off.

Level of Language Proficiency




Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
7822 South Dobson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619

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