Director of Grant Strategy and Development

Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for Director of Grant Strategy and Development

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago.  Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres.  These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in over 82,000 credit hours of instruction.  This position will be based out of the Des Plaines campus. The College's Operating Funds' budget (Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2017 amounts to $69.3 million.  The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and recent opening of the 93,000 square foot Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees. Oakton seeks a Chief Human Resources Officer who is an innovative leader and who will continue a strong tradition of excellence.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.


Job Description:

The Director of Grant Strategy and Development provides strategic planning and leadership toward the coordination of college-wide activities to secure grant resources from external public and private sources, to monitor fiscal and programmatic aspects of externally funded projects, to negotiate funded grant contracts and to manage, implement, support and supervise all Oakton Community College-related grant applications. The Director leads a centralized grants office that identifies potential funding sources, develops grant proposals, and monitors active grant awards.

  1. Develop a grant strategy that aligns with the strategic direction of the college.
  2. Direct all grant proposals and applications seeking funding for the College from external public, not-for-profit and private agencies and organizations; prepare final applications according to format required, including writing proposals as needed; submit proposal to funding agency.
  3. Research literature and information dealing with funds available through grants, disseminate information about grant opportunities, and make preliminary assessment of feasibility and appropriateness of preparing grant proposals from identified resources.
  4. Work collaboratively with personnel affected by proposed grant-funded program to assist in the development of program goals and objectives and to outline how funds are to be used, and troubleshoot, identify and address areas of concern regarding proposal development and preparation. 
  5. Identify Oakton's strategic priorities as they relate to potential grant projects, faculty and staff interests, and potential project directors, and help connect concepts and personnel to develop funding opportunities.
  6. Serve as the official College liaison with state and federal agency personnel in developing grant proposals, negotiating budgets, preparing grant reports and implementing grant supported programs.
  7. Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of federal and state grant regulations to ensure college is in compliance. Work with appropriate College offices to ensure internal controls pertaining to grants are effective and implemented.
  8. Understand general accounting principles impacting restricted grant funds. Working with project directors, develop grant proposal budgets, identify appropriate expenditures, and serve as liaison between accounting and project directors to answer budget questions. Work directly with accounting staff to monitor fiscal aspects of externally funded projects to ensure compliance, including timely fiscal reporting and close-out.
  9. Troubleshoot and address programmatic aspects of grant projects to ensure compliance, including required evaluations and reporting, and address areas of concern regarding implementation.
  10. Recommend and monitor use of outside consultants to serve in capacities such as external project evaluator, proposal development consultant, and other such duties as may be appropriate for external consultants.
  11. Maintain master files on all grants and monitor all paperwork connected with grant-funded programs.
  12. Work collaboratively with Executive Director of Oakton Education Foundation in cooperative fund-raising activities.
  13. Develop, organize, direct, assign and evaluate activities and personnel of the Office of Grant Strategy and Development.
  14. Develop, prepare, and monitor the budget for the Office of Grant Strategy and Development.
  15. Develop and implement long and short-term goals for the Office of Grant Strategy and Development.
  16. Perform other duties as assigned.



  1. Master's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is required.
  2. Three or more years' work experience in preparing grant proposals, administering grant-funded projects, working with or for funding agencies, and proven success in the ability to secure funding.
  3. Two to three years' experience in managerial or administrative position demonstrating ability to collaborate across functional areas within the organization is preferred. 


Additional Information:

The salary range for the 2017-2018 fiscal year associated with the Director of Grant Strategy and Development:  Minimum annual salary $82,923; salary midpoint: $109,818; maximum annual salary: $136,719.  Placement in the salary range is based on educational qualifications, related experience and internal equity.

Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees. 


Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website.  Electronic copies of a current resume/cv, cover letter, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information, two (2) letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton website.  Please indicate the position name on the cover letter.  Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format.  A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College. 

Transcripts Required:

An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant.

Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior to appointment.

Recommendation letters may either be original documents with signature or e-mailed from the reference to  Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to or if sent by postal mail sent to: Oakton Community College, Director of Grant Strategy and Development, c/o Human Resources,1600 E. Golf Rd, Des Plaines, IL  60016

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.