Sr Grants & Contracts Officer

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Sr Grants & Contracts Officer

January 31, 2019

Job Category: Finance, Grants & Contracts

Washington, DC

Organization Summary

At the Institute of International Education (IIE), we believe that when education transcends borders, it opens minds, enabling people to go beyond building connections to solving problems together. Our vision is a peaceful, equitable world enriched by the international exchange of ideas and greater understanding between people and cultures.


This role supports the lifecycle of a portfolio of awards, providing contractual and compliance guidance to program implementers. S/he is regarded as a subject matter expert with regard to complex contractual & grant compliance and internal policies & procedures.


Essential Functions:

  • Advises IIE team members on compliance-related processes and interpretation of related contractual language.
  • Reviews and negotiates awards and amendments. Drafts, reviews, and negotiates subawards and amendments. Liaises with IIE internal stakeholders and clients on compliance-related issues. Supports the systematic closeout of awards in the portfolio. Identifies, recommends, and/or implements changes to process or templates to improve these processes.
  • Serves as subject matter expert for a specific grants and contracts-related topic. Develops related tools and resources to build internal capacity and drive organizational compliance with IIE policy and client requirements.
  • Reviews complex proposal budgets and budget narratives. Reads and compares solicitation or other client budget instructions to ensure that budgeted costs are allowable and in accordance with client regulations and IIE policies. Recommends and negotiates changes as needed.
  • Develops departmental process improvements by developing tools, templates, and procedures.


Education and Work Experience:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in order to apply a working knowledge of the theories and principles in a specialized field or work discipline.
  • Requires at least five years of related work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience supporting compliance with the terms of contracts or related funding instruments; preferably for those funded by the US government.
  • Working knowledge of pertinent regulations including OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200).
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to recognize and analyze difficult situations and to take appropriate action.
  • Experience analyzing financial documents and processes and interpreting contractual requirements and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to maintain confidentiality for sensitive issues and projects.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated training experience preferred.

Work Environment

Work Conditions & Physical Demands:
Essential functions are performed in a general office setting with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting; telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
IIE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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