Director of Grants and Compliance

New York, New York, United States
Apply by 11 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 June 2018

Job Description

The Role:

The Director Grants Compliance is responsible design, create and implement all processes and procedures to ensure the integrity and compliance of the awards management process. The Director Grants Compliance will report to and work closely with the Senior Director of Finance and Administration to support all matters as they relate to the securing of new funding, grant compliance implementation and awards close out. In addition, the Director Grants Compliance will create the processes and procedures necessary to ensure that the organization can effectively implement the grants.


The Director of Grants and Compliance primary job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Proposal Process Support

  • Support Development Department and the Programs on the review of the proposal guidelines making sure CRR can comply with the financial and compliance requirements.
  • Create budget templates and guidelines for significant donor.
  • Review budget proposals, budget notes and proposal to make sure these are in sync and the proposal is properly costed.

Contract Administration

  • Review draft contract and grant agreements, and modifications to such agreements, to ensure adherence to donor regulations and that CRR organization, programmatic, compliance and financial interests are considered and represented in such agreements.
  • Provide guidance to staff regarding awarded terms and conditions and donor regulations, as well as assist negotiating the terms and conditions of agreements with clients, contractors and sub-awardees.
  • Maintain close relationships with counterparts in Development, Finance and Accounting, Field Offices, Programs and other departments to ensure contract and compliance coordination between departments.
  • Ensure contractors and sub-awardees comply with the terms and conditions of the awarding instruments.
  • Prepare contract related templates including those for solicitations, contracts, consulting agreements and purchase orders
  • Keep abreast of, interpret, and provide guidance to staff on donor regulations and policies; educate staff on contract compliance and operational topics.


  • Develop and lead contract administration and procurement courses for HQ and field staff and other select partners.
  • Develop organization-wide compliance awareness program, including whistleblower, fraud, waste/abuse, and other compliance issues.


  • Develop, implement, maintain, and revise policies and procedures for the operation of the Compliance Program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct.
  • Support efforts around capacity-building and ensuring that tools and templates meet program implementation needs.
  • Maintain a current resource library for staff to use and assist in preparations for training and refresher sessions on pertinent topics.
  • Create program operations materials to ensure compliance is addressed, including procurement policies, compliance standards for program management, agreement review and negotiation process, sub-award management process, review of start-up and close out procedures, and other materials as applicable;
  • Participate in meetings as required with staff to assist in identifying and supporting any outstanding compliance issues.
  • Assist in compliance reviews/audits of HQ and field offices, as well as external audits.
  • Collaborate with other departments and divisions to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for investigation and resolution.
  • Lead responses to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and Standards of Conduct by assisting in the evaluation of initiating investigative procedures.
  • Support the roll-out, training, and implementation of revised processes, policies, templates and other guidance documents.
  • Assist in reporting on a regular and timely basis concerning compliance efforts.


  • Assist in developing and updating CRR contracting and compliance policies and procedures for HQ and field use.
  • Assist in updating and maintaining, when required, the CRR Contracts and Grant Administration Manual and Compliance Manual for HQ and field use.

Record Keeping

  • Manage and retain contract, procurement and agreement files. Ensure proper and complete documentation go to SharePoint
  • Develop and maintain operational, procurement and record-keeping systems for efficient performance and audit records of client contracts and agreements


The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and display evidence of good leadership, business partnering and influencing skills. S/He must have excellent written and oral communication skills and be comfortable participating as both an effective contributor and listener in group settings, which include senior staff. S/He must be well organized, resourceful, effective and efficient at prioritization and coordinating multiple resources to get things done; can work on multiple tasks at once without losing track; foresees and plans around obstacles.

  • Bachelors in Finance or Accounting
  • Demonstrated experience: 10+ years’ experience working in grant management with at least 5+ years’ experience in the management of a grants department of an international organization
  • A client focused attitude
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to travel, for several weeks at a time to developing locations
  • Effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic
  • Experience with one or more of the following grantors is required: United Nations, European Union, World Bank, DFID

Critical Position Qualities:

  • Strategic thinker: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
  • Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center’s mission, core values, and strategic objectives. Blends vision and judgment.
  • Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  • Commitment to learn: Receives and provides feedback and constructive criticism professionally. Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team’s development. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
  • Passion for coaching and mentoring staff: Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members.
  • Accountability: Holds themselves and others accountable.
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
  • Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

About the Organization

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

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