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Madison Area Technical College
  • Position Number: 2382790
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Position Type: Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts

Director, Grants

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Job Posting Date:
July 18, 2021

Application Deadline:

Salary Information:
$88,299 - $114,789

Strategic Integration and Initiatives

Job Description:

Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin, invites applicants to apply for the open position of Grants Director. This position serves as the budget manager for the National Science Foundation CREATE grant projects, totaling $2.4 Million in funding to provide training and leadership to inform technician training in the field of renewable energy. The Grants Director ensures funds are allowable, allocable, and reasonable and monitors spending of the sub-award recipients.

We are seeking applicants who can work with stakeholders across the College to oversee the development and submission of 40-50 grant proposals per year to a variety of federal, state and private foundations.
  • Ensure grants are developed in alignment with college hiring practices, facility needs, financial management, and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Oversee grant activities, including pre-award assessments, awards, implementation, subrecipient monitoring and evaluation, and final disposition and close-outs.
  • Oversee grant implementation activities on behalf of the college to mitigate risk and ensure overall compliance with funder guidelines and college processes.
  • Oversee overall policies, practices and procedures related to all aspects of subrecipient monitoring and awards management.
  • Facilitate award management by proposing and implementing financial and administrative control systems and tools.

This position is expected to play a key role with a collaborative and dynamic team. If you are looking for a fulfilling career that can display your passion for working for the success of our students, apply now!

The position directly supervises full and part-time employees who develop grants and post-award implementation for 60 + grant projects and approximately $20 Million in grant funding.

Madison College's dedication to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity is reflected in our Mission, Vision, and Values. Hiring an inclusive workforce that mirrors our student population is more than just a commitment at Madison Collegeit is the foundation of what we are striving to do. Come be part of our great team!

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: cover letter and resume. Failure to include these documents with your application submission will render your application ineligible.

This position will be open until filled, with a first review date of August 9, 2021, at 11:59 pm. After this date, the recruitment may close without further notice. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interviews are expected to take place the last two weeks of August with an end of September start date.

Madison College provides a generous benefits package of vacation, holidays, health/vision/dental/life insurance options, and you will be able to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Newly hired administrators serve a one-year introductory period.

This position is located in the vibrant and diverse city of Madison, Wisconsin's 2nd largest city and state capitol. Nestled between two recreational lakes, Madisonians are offered year-round activities for all, including the Dane County Farmers' Market located around the Capital Square, more than 200 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails, world class restaurants, and numerous festivals and community events. Madison is consistently ranked as a top community in which to work, live and play. Madison offers a small town feel, with a big city impression. But, if that's not enough, Madison is just a short 125 miles northwest of Chicago and 77 miles west of Milwaukee. To learn more about what Mad-Town has to offer, you can visit

  • Manages the life cycle of grant processes, including support of proposal development by Grants Office staff and other staff and faculty, reporting and compliance management, and preparing close-out paperwork.
  • Serves as Budget Manager for select federal grants, including the $1.6 million CREATE Center grant
  • Lead and manage change within a large educational institution, utilizing strategic plans, analytical skills, research and writing techniques and strong oral communication skills.
  • Cultivates a collegial and team-oriented working environment, ensuring collaborative relationships, open lines of communication, and an environment of the highest integrity.
  • Oversee the strategic vision of grant development for Madison College, ensuring the Grants Office is familiar with the strategic priorities of various schools and units to maximize the opportunity to secure grant funding
  • Ensures program compliance by directing and coordinating evaluation and monitoring of grant funded programs or writing specifications for evaluation or monitoring of program by outside parties. Ensure compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws, grant guidelines, uniform guidance, codes, and/or standards. Serve as the district expert on grant compliance and interpretation of OMB Circulars and all applicable regulations, policies and procedures. Interpret applicable regulations and translate into operational policies as required.
  • Ensures the productivity and effective coordination of all grant activities and staff through maximum use of human and financial resources.
  • Advance issues of equity and inclusion through integration of these concepts into professional development opportunities for staff and the review of existing and creation of new policies, procedures, and practices
  • Maintains a commitment to the college mission, vision and values. Comply with college policies, directives, and work rules. Engages positively with colleagues, handles conflict directly and professionally, contributes to team discussions, collaborates and helps colleagues, assumes the best from colleagues, provides and accepts constructive feedback, follows through on commitments, and supports final decisions that are made.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Skill in communicating information, data, and opinions to inform, influence and/or persuade a wide variety of individuals and audiences effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated skill in communications and human relations with populations of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities with the ability to lead and empower cross-functional teams in a collaborative culture, as well as supervise personnel in a team-based and high performing environment.
  • Knowledge of the entire grant life cycle including pre-award assessments and development, awards, implementation, sub recipient monitoring and evaluation and closeout. Grant program and policy development including grant writing, contract administration, policy monitoring and adhering to related laws and regulations.
  • Utilize compression planning or other meeting facilitation tools to engage a variety of stakeholders from different disciplines and areas to identify common goals, strategies and plans for implementation. Knowledge of academic leadership principles by employing strategic and long-term thinking generally acquired through significant managerial experience in institutional settings. Ability to be proactive in anticipating opportunities and challenges and devise and bring forth strategies to address them, including finding innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Understand core concepts of accounting, budgeting and financial analysis to effectively implement fiduciary responsibilities with the ability to manage and administer program and grant budgets.
  • Research, analyze, and apply relevant information to the development of departmental processes and programs while also implementing the principles and techniques of continuous improvement.
  • -Advocate and promote the enhancement of diversity and inclusive work environment. Manage policies and programs relating to affirmative action and equal opportunity.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education Level: Master's Degree - M.A., M.S., or M. Ed

Work Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience to include:
  • Four (4) years of grant writing related experience, involving development and/or review as well as administration of grant proposals.
  • Three (3) years of program management, administrative or related leadership experience.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience in related areas.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: cover letter and resume. Failure to include these documents with your application submission will render your application ineligible.

If you are experiencing application issues please contact the HR hotline, (608) 246-6900.

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Madison Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. Madison College will not tolerate racism or harassment of any kind. We will provide an educational environment that preserves the safety and dignity of our students, staff and faculty. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Rosemary Buschhaus, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources, 1701 Wright St Madison, WI 53704 (608) 246-6900

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About Us
Welcome! Thank you for visiting our career site, where Madison College is committed to matching talent to opportunity. We are known for our real-world, smart approach to learning offering students innovative, high-tech career pathways and college transfer opportunities with more than 150 programs to choose from. Madison College is a great place to work and has been for over 100 years, serving more than 33,000 students in 12 south-central Wisconsin counties. The College offers generous salaries, benefits, and an inspiring work environment. Employees enjoy a culture dedicated to lifelong learning, wellness and inclusiveness.

Take some time and look around once you've have a chance to explore our current opportunities, apply to the ones you feel best suit your interests, background and experiences. Thereafter, you can keep track of your application status and watch for new opportunities that might be of interest to you.

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As part of the application process, finalists will undergo a background check including criminal history, educational verification, and references. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify you from employment. All cases are considered on an individual basis, and the offense will be compared to the position for which you are applying.

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