Deputy Director of Government Grants

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 2/25/2023

Position: Deputy Director of Government Grants

Department: Resource Development

Reports to: Director of Government Relations

Status: Full time/Exempt

Level: H

Compensation: $69,00 to $84,070 annually; See Starting Salary Expectations Below

Closing Date: Until Filled

About Us:

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global home building movement and top private home builder in the country. By providing affordable housing, home repairs, skilled construction training, financial education, and volunteer opportunities, the organization has transformed millions of lives, helped stabilize communities and fostered economic vitality in the region. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and that starts with a stable and healthy place to call home.

We are intentional about building a healthy and thriving organizational culture and envision a community of staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to equitable and anti-racist practices in every facet of our organization. We engage in continual learning and seek ways to operationalize equitable practices. Our Equity Statement and Cultural Compact are living, breathing documents that we continually work toward.

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region operates out of two offices (Hillsboro and NE Portland), three brick and mortar stores (Beaverton, Gresham and Portland), one warehouse (NE Portland), and construction sites in east and west Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City, Gresham, and Lake Oswego. Please visit our website and social media pages to learn more.

Note to Candidates:

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We recognize that requirements for educational and experience minimums create unnecessary barriers for under-served populations in pursuing employment opportunities in which they may be successful. In considering this alongside our Equity practices, we have removed educational and experience minimum requirements in order to focus on candidates’ abilities to excel based on the responsibilities of the position. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Position Overview:

Deputy Director of Government Grants oversees the organization’s government grants, including drafting and compiling applications, ensuring compliance, optimizing systems for drawdowns or reimbursement, and handling or coordinating grant reporting. This position reports to the Director of Government Relations and supervises the Government Grants Coordinator.

Deputy Director of Government Grants plays a critical role in launching Habitat developments by bringing in tens of millions of government dollars for land acquisition, pre-development, and construction.


  • Manage government grant application process; work inter-departmentally to develop timelines, compile information, and prepare and submit proposals
  • Track and understand procedures for compliance, reimbursement (drawdown), and reporting
  • Research, identify and maximize funding from government sources and ensure organizational compliance
  • Write and submit local, state, and federal government grant proposals, crafting clear project-specific budgets that come alive with innovative and exciting cases for support
  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process
  • Supervise and support Government Grants Coordinator
  • Assist with financial or budget plans and allocations
  • Facilitate negotiations and finalizations of awards
  • Interpret regulations and educate Habitat staff on required process and procedure to ensure affiliate compliance across departments -- primarily homeownership, finance and construction teams
  • Develop and implement infrastructure (technology, process, and systems) that supports efficient tracking, data, drawdown of funds, and reporting
  • Cultivate an in-depth and hands-on understanding of Habitat’s work and the communities where Habitat builds
  • Communicate with compassion and contextual understanding about the families and communities who partner with Habitat
  • Attend webinars and trainings hosted by government agencies to learn about upcoming funding opportunities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Experience securing and complying with government grants and contracts
  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising grant projects
  • Make decisions and solve problems independently and effectively
  • Possess thorough, organized, detail-oriented and accurate approach to work
  • Ability to track and adhere to multiple deadlines
  • Ability to comprehend complex grant requirements and government regulations
  • Experience with manipulating data and a deep understanding of Excel software
  • Experience with basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting
  • Able to thrive in a collaborative and distributed work environment
  • Skilled oral and written communication, including a contextual and compassionate approach to describing housing and economic hardship, the legacy of past and present racist practices in our housing system, and Habitat’s efforts to implement equitable and anti-racist practices in our organization.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Any qualifying combination of education, certification, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position
  • Expertise in working with Smartsheets
  • Experience with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other online meeting software
  • Experience with HUD compliance
  • Experience with affordable housing organizations
  • Interest in supporting Habitat’s mission to expand opportunities for affordable homeownership
  • Work or lived experience with households who struggle to find affordable stable, decent housing
  • 2-3 years of experience administering government grants for nonprofit organizations
  • Any degree or certificate relevant to grant writing

Work Environment and Physical Demands


  • Human-paced, open, team-oriented, business casual office
  • This position may be eligible for remote/hybrid work based on responsibilities, performance, and access to essential work-related resources. Must live in the Portland Or metro area
  • The employee will routinely use standard office equipment such as computer and phone
  • This is largely a sedentary role
  • This position will have occasional local travel – typically to other Habitat locations.



  • 40 hours a week, M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, flexible schedule available and welcome

Starting Salary Expectations:

Minimum $69,000 to salary range midpoint of $84,070. Placement will generally not exceed the midpoint based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The full salary range is $69,000 to $100,050.

Calculation dependent on a set scale based on experience.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Health insurance (medical, vision, alternative care, prescription)
  • Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)
  • Dental insurance
  • Generous paid time off
  • 3% matching 403(b) retirement plan
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Short-term & long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • And more!

How to Apply:

Submit the following materials at:

  • Cover letter addressing how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this position.
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Employment is contingent on passing a background check.

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region hires a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Note: This job description is intended as a guideline only and does not limit in any way the duties or responsibilities of any employee. Nothing herein shall be construed as a contract of employment, expressed or implied. All employment is terminable at will, with or without cause.

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency | Management | Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer

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