Senior Grants and Funds Manager


The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) is a 501(c) 3 charitable family of funds that advances economic development through cooperative enterprise. Its mission is to promote community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprises.

CDF is currently seeking a qualified candidate to become the Senior Grants and Funds Manager. The person serving in this capacity is responsible for overseeing the orderly administration of CDF’s finances, operations and grants management. This will include the distribution and balance of the workload including application budget reviews, grant adjustment notices, indirect cost negotiations, award package reviews, and any other work assignments among employees and contractors in accordance with established fiscal year work flow and job priorities.


  • Provide guidance to senior leadership relative to the financial operations of the grants program, providing advice, counsel and assistance to management in developing, implementing and evaluating program plans, strategies, program announcements, guidelines, and procedures relative to pertinent grant programs.
  • Oversee and seek to improve the process and workflow by which grants are made, from how grants are sourced, through the application process, to due diligence review, approval, grant agreement generation, payment, grant reporting, and grant closing.
  • Conduct studies to develop ways and means for improvement of administrative and management procedures and processes relative to the grants programs, including software and database implementation.
  • Synthesize large amounts of information (technical, legal, financial, and anecdotal) and communicate key findings, clearly, to the Executive Officer.
  • Instruct and provide advice and assistance to management, staff, and grantee organizations in resolving audit findings to ensure all financial discrepancies involving the use of federal funds are cleared to the benefit/satisfaction of the federal government.
  • Assume fiscal responsibility for grant spending and assures compliance with all terms and conditions of contract and grants received by CDF including oversight of banking transactions, invoicing, cash flow and timely bill payment.
  • Work with independent auditor and external accountant to assure timely and accurate, reporting (quarterly and annually), financial audit and tax preparation, also to ensure compliance of the grantee with generally accepted accounting principles, government auditing standards and other federal practices.
  • Serve as a key resource and grants management representative with independent auditors and external accountants.
  • Ensure annual compliance and timely filing for all tasks related to the state charitable organizations renewal/registration requirements.
  • Assist in grant application preparation and maintain all records required as part of grant agreements, contracts, and financial reporting.


  • Oversee and execute logistics related to the Hall of Fame Screening, CDF Board, membership, fund advisors and other relative entities.
  • Manage communications to contributors.
  • Work collaboratively with staff at all levels to execute duties.
  • Scan and organize historical documents
  • Create reports for the Executive Director regarding the results of grants and projects (outcome measurements).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required, graduate degree preferred.
  • 5-8 years of experience in grants management demonstrating a deep understanding of the grant making process and its related financial and compliance nuances of US Government grants and other donor funded grants.
  • Experience with grants management software and its implementation.
  • Exceptional customer service, problem-solving, analytical and conceptual skills, including a proven ability to create and manage organizational change.
  • Proven ability to provide feedback and develop staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven talent in ensuring positive, proactive, responsive relationships within and across departments for compliance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Quickbooks experience.
  • Microsoft Office Applications.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


Reasoning Ability::

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where complex tasks are necessary.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to write or type, use arms to reach for items and turn head to speak and/or hear others. The employee will frequently walk, reach, stoop, push and pull up to 20 lbs. and lift up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and should remain low to moderate during normal business hours. The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job within an office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


The Senior Grants and Fund Manager reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the other CDF staff members. S/he is expected to work in a positive and professional manner with all CDF and NCBA/CLUSA staff, former staff, members, potential members, vendors and the general public.

This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities of this job.  The incumbent may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description, commensurate with the needs of the organization.  As a minimum, the job description will be reviewed and revised as necessary in conjunction with the incumbent’s annual performance review.

To apply, click here. We recommend using either of these browsers when applying: Google Chrome or Firefox. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

CDF and NCBA CLUSA are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

CDF and NCBA CLUSA are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at NCBA CLUSA, please send an email to Misti French or call 202.638.6222.


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