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Executive Director, Grant Development

Austin Community College
Highland Business Center
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Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Reflects the diversity of our community
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for under-represented populations
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and under represented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC's faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.

Job Posting Title:

Executive Director, Grant Development

Job Description Summary:

Oversees the development of external grant applications / proposals, working directly with faculty, staff, and administrators as appropriate. Coordinates college-wide efforts to identify and pursue external grant opportunities that advance scholarly and creative work, and provide financial assistance to students at the College that is consistent with the College's mission.

Job Description:

Description of Duties and Tasks

  • Serves as lead grant consultant to administration, faculty and staff as well as external partners to ensure project proposals reflect the overarching goals of the college’s strategic plan.

  • Manages the grant pre and post award activities to include meeting facilitation with potential project managers, assignment of projects to the Resource Development Officers, budget approval and coordination of necessary signatures for proposal submittal.

  • Supervises trains, directs and coordinates the activities of the Grant Development and Compliance staff while adhering to organizational human resources policies and procedures as well as related employment laws. Recommends hire and termination personnel actions for the department staff. Prepares staff annual evaluations.

  • Oversees the training, technical assistance, and support to all grant awardees to aid in effective and appropriate expenditures of grant monies and effective grant project management.

  • Reviews and monitors requests for grant support from administration, faculty, and staff as well as external partners in order to assign Resource Development Officers to develop applications and maintain appropriate timelines for submission.

  • Manages the Grants Development Department budget.

  • Advises the Vice Chancellor, IEGD on all grant related matters.

  • Writes Federal, State and Foundation grants for the college.

  • Researches and makes recommendations on future high-potential sources of revenue for grant funding.

  • Coordinates regular post-award grant performance meetings and check-ins with project manager(s) to ensure grant award compliance.

  • Maintains and prioritizes inventory of existing and prospective funding opportunities to monitor grant submission and renewal dates.

  • Lead in the development of department processes, policies, practices, procedures and standards. Develops and implements operating procedures for proposal development, submission and award management.

  • Oversees all grant-seeking at the College to prevent duplication of effort, ensure adherence to College policies and goals, and maximize revenue through external sources. Makes recommendations about which grants the College will pursue.

  • Works closely with executives to ensure College grant approval process is followed.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with other institutions regarding collaborative resource development efforts, including other colleges and universities, state and local agencies, non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, etc.

  • Facilitates planning sessions using the Compression Planning system to assist internal departments in collaborating ideas and agreeing on solutions.

  • Conducts professional development sessions on researching, writing and maintaining grants for ACC staff and faculty.

  • Prepares monthly and annual resource development reports for the Vice Chancellor, IEGD and Chancellor.

  • Assists the VC, IEGD with preparing project overview narrative to provide to ACC Marketing department for internal and external dissemination.

  • Reviews and prepares contracts and letters of support, etc. for the Chancellor signature.

  • Serves on college-wide committees.


  • Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.

  • Grant development services.

  • Grant standards and proposal guidelines.

  • Potential funding sources.

  • Effective management and leadership models and techniques, including Servant‐Leadership Principles.


  • Maintaining an established work schedule.

  • Working in a collaborative manner with diverse constituencies.

  • Working effectively with a diverse and multi‐cultural student body and staff.

  • Planning, prioritizing, and problem‐solving.

  • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills including tact and diplomacy.

  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow-through.

  • Overseeing all phases of grant development.

  • Identifying and recommending potential funding sources.

  • Collaborating with outside agencies and organizations in relation to grant development and implementation.

  • Developing procedures to assist in grant proposal writing and submission.

  • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.

Technology Skills

  • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.

Required Work Experience

  • Three years related work experience including two years supervisory experience.

Required Education

  • Master's degree. Experience cannot be substituted for required, applicable educational level.

Physical Requirement

  • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.

  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.

  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.


  • Provide resources for safe operation of units. Create and support workplace safety.

Salary Commensurate With Experience

Number of Openings:


Job Posting Close Date:

July 15, 2022

ACC Benefits Overview

Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.

EEO Statement

The Austin Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation or other protected categories.

Clery Act

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The Austin Community College District is the primary gateway to higher education and training for residents in eight Central Texas counties. ACC is among the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, providing access to valuable programs and services that change lives and benefit communities.

Mission and Vision

The Austin Community College District values and respects each individual student. We promote student success and improve communities by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in the eight-county service area. Community colleges have a diverse, four-part mission:

  • General education and academic transfer
  • Workforce education
  • Foundation programs to get students college-ready
  • Lifelong learning (Continuing Education)


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