Job Description


Job Title: Director, Government Grant Post Award Administration (Home Office)

Location: Chicago, IL 

Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)

Grade: 11

Reports To: Sr Director, Government Grants and Sponsored Programs

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.  

Position Summary:

The Government Grant Director will lead the Alzheimer’s Association in creating, maintaining and updating post-award policies & procedures for federal, state and other government funding to maximize the benefits of grants while minimizing their risks. The Government Grant Director will also serve as an internal subject matter expert on administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements to ensure the Association maintains a clean audit and must have proven ability to be a part of a dynamic leadership team and partner with peers to accomplish large scale projects. The Director must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills to communicate effectively with various stakeholders.


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the Association’s multi-disciplinary government $22-25M grant portfolio,  with 231 active contracts, representing 6.5% of the Association’s revenue
  • Develop and monitor Association-wide processes and controls to meet both internal and external requirements
  • Lead training and develop resources for Area Leads, Regional Finance Directors and Chapter staff around post-award grant requirements and new Workday Financial system
  • Coordinate cross-functional collaboration to build and maintain internal controls over grant administration
  • Lead the Single Annual Audit including preparation of the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA)
  • Monitor government grant contracts, reporting & recording of expenses and make process improvements
  • Oversee the Grants Management System (GMS) to account for and track, store and provide information electronically on each grant contract so that it is available to multiple users
  • Supervise the Grant Administrator and provide continuing education training on new systems and grant management procedures


  • Bachelor’s Degree in nonprofit management, business, communications, or other degree with direct application, Master’s preferred
  • 5 years progressive experience in grant management
  • 3-5 years progressive experience providing coordination between grant proposals with multiple stakeholders preferred
  • Doctoral degree in basic scientific inquiry or social and behavioral science
  •     Three-five years’ experience in program evaluation (strongly preferred)
  • Five-seven years work in dementia care and support research field
  • Experience in federal grant discovery, application, funding and reporting
  • Experience in writing/reading/analyzing scientific publications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated expertise in federal and state grant sources, reporting requirements, and audit requirements
  • Proven success in post-award management of government grants
  • Proven success working  with federal funding agencies, inclusive of CMS, ACL, HHS, or CDC
  • Proven ability to build internal relationships and provide training and support to deliver in chapter environment
  • Experience building and utilizing cohorts of Principal Investigators, whether university-based or internal to the organization
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating annual Single Audits



Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan. 

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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