Senior Grants Specialist- Kansas City, MO

Location
Kansas City MO
Job Type
Full-Time Regular

BCT Partners

We are a national, multi-disciplinary consulting firm that delivers a full range of research, consulting, training, technology and analytics services. We combine subject matter expertise with industry experience to help public, private, and nonprofit organizations achieve lasting results. We partner with our clients to identify their most critical challenges, offer expert advice, and deliver real-world solutions that transform business and society. BCT is a minority-owned and operated, small disadvantaged business enterprise and one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the following industries: housing and community development, economic development, workforce development, health, children and families, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, education, diversity and inclusion, and energy.

We invite and welcome to our team people who share our values and goals; those with a passion for making the world a better place, who see strength in our diversity, seek equal opportunity access for all communities and are motivated to create a more equitable and just society. We appreciate the knowledge, abilities, and ideas of each individual and embrace his/her/their positive contributions to our collaborative and dynamic work environment.

Our Clients

The US Department of Human Services, Administration of Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS). OHS’ mission is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services, as necessary. The Head Start Regional Office is the funding agency to grantees that provide Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) services to pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. OHS provides oversight of these grantees through monitoring and technical assistance, often with the support of partners like BCT. BCT takes great pride in supporting our clients: the OHS Regional Office, its grantees and the communities they serve.

Position Summary:

The Senior Grants Specialist provides ongoing, prompt and accurate fiscal assistance to Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) grantees and supports Federal staff with high quality grants management services. This includes preparing and tracking grants through review and funding processes, monitoring receipt and accuracy of grant documents, monitoring, evaluating and resolving grant issues, and preparing grant closeouts. Though this position does not directly supervise staff, the Senior Grants Specialist is expected to take a leadership role in managing projects and overseeing the work of others, as needed. He/she/they will be a critical thinker with outstanding attention to detail, strong collaboration and facilitation skills, and an eye towards process improvement.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review and act on applications so that they may be funded 30 days prior to a grantee’s refunding date. Prepare continuation Financial Assistance Awards (FAAs) with cover letters for mailing out 30 days prior to a grantee’s refunding date.
  • Design activities to ensure complete, timely review of grant applications, review and respond to client fiscal team requests including finalizing memos, decision letters, and maintaining tracking databases.
  • Understand all financial operations and be familiar with researching statues, legislation, regulations and directives that govern the financial aspects of a government grant-funded program.
  • Meet established quality thresholds for all deliverables, identify trends and tasks in collaboration with contractor and federal staff.
  • Prepare and track grants through review and funding process. Deliverables include completed grant review checklist, timely contact with grantees to resolve issues, negotiation sheets and FAAs prepared in applicable software, briefing meetings with program staff and with management, leading to the awarding of annual continuation grant awards, program improvement grant awards, cost-of-living grant awards, and one-time funding awards to grantees.
  • Monitor timeliness, receipt and accuracy of grant applications, financial reporting documents and financial draw downs.
  • Correspond with grantee staff on a regular basis.
  • Monitor ongoing fiscal performance of grantees, evaluation of required fiscal reports, wage comparability study; resolution of audit findings and recommendations; and resolution of community/individual complaints.
  • Prepare grant closeouts. Deliverables include completed closeout checklist, assurance that reports and audits have been reviewed for completeness and correctness, a closeout letter that is sent to the grantee, and a closeout award processed in the Grants Solutions software system.
  • In collaboration with the Program/Project Manager, provide leadership support, coaching and training to fellow team members.

Perform other reasonable tasks as assigned by management in support of BCT’s goals and objectives.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, with a preference for a degree in Accounting, Business Management, or a related field; master’s degree preferred but not required.
  • Background and training in accounting, financial management and/or audit resolution activities.
  • At least 7 years’ experience related to federal discretionary grants management non-profit or for-profit financial management, and regulatory compliance monitoring and oversight.
  • Knowledge and experience with the administration of discretionary grants is required; with a preference (not requirement) for Head Start/Early Head Start Programs.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate (both verbally and orally), exercise sound judgment, ask questions and be open to the input and decisions of others.
  • Experience aggregating, analyzing, charting, graphing and reporting on and presenting data gathered from multiple sources.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and project coordination skills, and the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the proven ability to collaborate and build relationships with staff, clients, remote colleagues and supervisors, and others.
  • Able to, both independently and collaboratively, solve problems, make decisions and support change.
  • Able to provide positive coaching and support to colleagues regarding work quality and deliverables.
  • Computer, Internet and general proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint; advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel is required; experience with Grant Solutions preferred.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters to BCT Partners via careers@bctpartners.com. BCT Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We appreciate the diversity of our communities and encourage candidates of all races, colors, ages, religions, sex, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, veteran or disability statuses to apply for BCT positions. No phone calls or in-person applications, please.