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Community Grants Manager (Dallas, Texas or Telecommute)

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Basic Function


Basic Function 

Applies community health expertise to Community Grants Programs. Manages peer review process for Request for Application-driven grants.  Manages grant initiation, annual progress and financial reporting, change requests, and close out for assigned portfolio of funded community grants. Supports communications and education efforts to develop strategies and novel approaches for illustrating the impact of Komen's community investments.  


Primary Responsibilities 


  • Manages application and community review process for assigned peer review committees for Request for Application-driven grants.   
    • Determines community expertise needed to review submitted applications, researches published literature and database of prior Komen reviewers to identify potential reviewers, and issues invitations. 
    • Monitors Committee submission of critiques and ratings for alignment with Komen score anchors and rating system; provides feedback to reviewers on addressing review criteria within critiques; ensures critiques and ratings are submitted on schedule; works with Chairperson to manage real and perceived conflicts of interest. 
    • Participates in conference calls with Chairperson to review outcomes of pre- and full application review process and follows up with Committee members regarding disparate scores at direction of Chairperson. 
    • Facilitates final review meeting in collaboration with the Chairperson; prepares Agenda, presents summary of community application at the direction of Chairperson; ensures that conflicts of interests are managed and quorums are maintained; prepares final review summaries provided to the applicants. 
    • Participates in online training of reviewers with regard to Komen application materials, review process, score system and review anchors, etc.   
    • Identifies and recommends modifications to peer review processes and policies to achieve defined goals. 


  • Manages initiation, reporting, change requests, and close out for currently active community grants. 
    • Reviews documents required to initiate Grant term, and works closely with the Komen Legal Department to prepare executable Grant Agreement.  Obtains Grantee signatures. 
    • Reviews annual progress and financial reports. Compares progress reports to proposed community project plans and identifies discrepancies. Compares expenditures to proposed budgets and assess discrepancies. Appropriately escalates financial issues to the Manager, Community Grants and develops recommendations for escalation issues. 
    • Reviews and evaluates grantee requests for changes, such as changes of budgets, project plans, and personnel. Manages and provides recommendations for escalated requests. 
    • Escalates grantee misconduct or failure to comply with grant requirements to Komen legal department. 
    • Manages close out of completed grants, including review and assessment of final progress and financial reports, verification of all final reports and issuance of grant close out letter.  
    • Evaluates existing grants to determine if funded grants are achieving intended program outcomes. Identifies grantee barriers to project progress, tracks across grants and provides recommendations for approaches to eliminate or minimize the impact of barriers. 


  • Identifies and implements approaches for improving grantee relations, identifying unmet community requirements, evaluating partnership opportunities, and serving as a key liaison to grantees.  
    • Professionally and rapidly addresses inquiries and requests from grantees and grantee institution officials. 
    • Assists in developing grantee surveys and interviewing protocols to track grantee and institutional satisfaction with Komen grants management procedures and policies. 
    • Links and coordinates grantee activities and involvement with Komen Affiliates and works with Affiliate Relationship Managers to foster strong and meaningful links between Komen grantees and Affiliates 


  • Supports communications and education efforts to develop strategies and novel approaches for illustrating the impact of Komen's community investments.  


  • Serves as a Komen representative on internal and external committees and working groups to represent Komen’s community grantmaking process and provides advice about best practices.

  • Keeps current and is knowledgeable of other community grantmaking organizations funding procedures

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 



Management Responsibility 

The Community Grants Manager has no direct reports. 


Position Qualifications

Position Qualifications 


Describe minimum (type and amount) of experience required for competent performance in the job. 

Master of Public Health (or related graduate degree) required with 3-5 years of experience in a grantmaking environment. Demonstrated skill in written and verbal communication.  Ability to manage a large, complex workflow with multiple deadlines, data points, and priorities.  Highly developed administrative and organizational skills, with demonstrated project management ability.  Superior interpersonal skills, both in person and on the telephone.  Ability to prioritize and manage daily business dynamics.  Shows positive approach to work, flexibility, cultural awareness, and sensitivity to relationships, security, and confidentiality.  Must have excellent and instinctive service and customer relationship skills.   Ability to travel domestically for peer review meetings and site visits approximately 4-6 times annually. 


Describe preferred (type and amount) of experience for competent performance in the job. 

Ph.D. in Public Health preferred with experience in program evaluation and statistical analysis preferred. Experience in cancer, particularly breast or other women’s cancers, a plus. Publication history a plus. 


Describe specialized knowledge requirements of the position. 

Knowledge of public health program design and development, and health statistics. Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.  Strong organizational, planning, communication and customer service skills.  Financial acumen to review budgets, financial reports, and to manage restricted grants budgets. Strong project management, writing and presentation skills.  


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