Specialist, Grants-Home Office
Job Title: Specialist, Grants-Home Office
Location: Chicago, IL
Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)
Reports To: Director, Medical & Scientific Relations
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 www.alz.org 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.
Alzheimer’s Association Specialist, Grants is responsible for providing oversight and management of the pre- and post-award activities for their assigned portfolio of grants. They serve to maximize efficiency, capitalize on core competencies of other team members, and provide proactive management research portfolio by fostering open lines of communication with the Grantee Institutions, Principle Investigators, Applicants and Reviewers. Will be responsible for working closely with the Director, Medical & Scientific Relations in order to disseminate information and the grant programs to the scientific community, to lead informational webinars and teleconferences with applicants and reviewers to describe the programs, the eligibility and answer queries for these programs. They will oversee the process of contacting grantees and their organizational/institutional administrators to obtain required reporting for the grants team. Must foster good working relationships, both internally and externally.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Responsible for working closely with the Director, Medical & Scientific Relations in order to disseminate information and the grant programs to the scientific community, to lead informational webinars and teleconferences with applicants and reviewers to describe the programs, the eligibility and answer queries for these programs.
- Oversee the process of contacting grantees and their organizational/institutional administrators to obtain required reporting for the grants team.
- Ensure all Grants are managed in accordance with approved policies and procedures for audit compliance, including the grant deliverable reminder, submission and review process; this includes providing the first tier review of budgets, activations, financial statements and progress reports.
- Work with the larger team to support the dissemination of information about the grant program to the scientific community, including emails, newsletter and posting on websites, hosting webinars and teleconferences with potential applicants.
- During application cycles, the Specialist will help analyze the content of each scientific application to ensure completeness and that program guidelines are met, including support for applicant issues including eligibility, documentation, and specific inquiries relating to the application process
- During application cycles, the Specialist will solicit and negotiate scientist participation in the peer-review process, and monitor the input of reviewer critiques and scores for accuracy of adjudication, support Director and Vice President in the review process of grant programs.
- Foster good working relationships, both internally and externally.
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- 2-4 years of nonprofit experience required.
- Bachelor’s Degree with a background in science preferred.
- Previous experience in grants or in sponsored projects management is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize, multitask and meet competing deadlines.
- Exceptional attention to detail and task follow-through.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Sound judgment and discretion, with an ability to proactively engage in problem solving with various programmatic and functional teams.
- Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Suite, Word, Excel and Power Point.
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.