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Grants Manager

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB TITLE: Grants Manager

FLSA STATUS: Salaried, exempt

REPORTS TO: Executive Director of Planning, Grants and Foundation Relations

JOB STATUS: Full-time, exempt



The Grants Manager is a key member of the grants administration team within University Advancement Division and manages the monitoring of post-award grant activities, evaluation plans and compliance reporting. The Grants Manager collaborates with project teams to conduct data analysis and ensure the progress monitoring of grant objectives, outcomes, and impact reporting to internal and external stakeholders. The Grants Manager also assists in the pre-award process for the research, concept development, proposal writing and submission of grant applications to foundation and government funders in support of Dominican University’s strategic initiatives and priorities.



To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.



  1. Monitor the progression of all grant project activities, evaluation plans, data collection methods to ensure effective post award management and facilitate a timely grant reporting process. Collaborate with all grant award Project and Activity Directors to monitor grant progress and post-award compliance.
  2. Work closely with the Restricted Funds Manager in the Business Office to monitor and manage awarded grants including budgeting, reporting, and compliance timelines through the lifecycle of each grant.
  3. Manage the creation, review and submission of required grant stewardship, impact, or compliance reports, including producing data analysis of grant evaluation qualitative and quantitative data collected through a variety of methodologies
  4. Assist the Executive Director of Planning, Grants and Foundation Relations in developing systems, policies, and procedures for an effective grants management infrastructure, including the development and maintenance of grants management handbooks and manuals, training materials, and grants website to communicate the grant operating procedures relevant to grant development, submission, and administration.
  5. Collaborate with the Executive Director of Planning, Grants and Foundation Relations to develop materials that articulate the impact of grant initiatives to internal and external stakeholders.
  6. Assist in the development and design of grant evaluation and data collection methodologies in the pre-award proposal development stages.



  1. Bachelor's degree in related field
  2. At least 2 years of experience in a grants management, or a combination of relevant education, training, and experience
  3. Strong organizational and project management skills, including attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, manage, and move multiple projects forward in a self-directed, goal and deadline-oriented work environment
  4. High level of computer proficiency and experience with data analysis or reporting (e.g., excel, SPSS, R, etc.) and the ability to master a variety of electronic grant application and grant management systems, such as, Raisers Edge, Instrumentl
  5. Knowledge of data collection tools such as Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey and document management systems such as Teams/Microsoft OneDrive



  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  2. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships
  3. Proven collaboration skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across units and roles within the university
  4. Willingness to endorse and support Dominican University’s mission and institutional priorities
  5. Knowledge of federal agency grant policies, procedures, or post-award compliance best practices preferred





Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls over 3,300 students, which includes 2,280 undergraduates and 1,027 graduate students. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 77% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 38% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent of undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. Nearly half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; over half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and 58% are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.


To Apply

Apply online at Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of 3 references.


A background screening is required.


EEO Statement

Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.


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