Government Grants Manager

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/18/2021

Position: Government Grants Manager

Department: Resource Development

Reports to: Director of Government Relations

Status: Full time/Exempt

Level: 18

Compensation: See Starting Salary Expectations Below

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), four brick and mortar stores (Beaverton, Gresham, Portland, and Vancouver), one warehouse (NE Portland), and a number of construction sites (varies). Please visit our website and social media pages to learn more.

Position Overview:

The Government Grants Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for securing and expanding government funding in support of the mission and goals of Habitat for Humanity Portland Region. In addition, the Government Grants Manager will be responsible for developing metrics, maintaining and evolving a grant management system, implementing strategies and systems to stay in compliance with ongoing funding, and communicating with leadership (internal and external) what is needed to build and maintain grant relationships. The Government Grants Manager will supervise and oversee the work of the Government Grants Coordinator.

Note to Candidates:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. 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 strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications as described.


· Manage and support the grants requirement and implementation for the organization

· Supervise daily work of Government Grants Coordinator, including annual review

· Research, identify and maximize funding from government sources and ensure organizational compliance

· Write and submit all local, state, and federal government grant proposals, crafting clear project-specific budgets that come alive with innovative and exciting cases for support

· Manage activities to develop proposals: work inter-departmentally to develop timelines, compile information, and prepare and submit proposals packets

· Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process

· Prepare financial or budget plans and allocations

· Assist with 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

· Represent the organization at internal and external meetings related to grants, as well as prepare and present briefing and reports as necessary

· Prepare external agreements, subcontracts and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) as necessary

· Support organization-wide metrics program that is the core of Habitat’s ability to measure and improve efficiency and impact

· Build relationships with government partners to ensure Habitat’s voice is present in affordable housing policy and procedure discussions

· Understand who’s who in the affordable housing industry and closely follow the conversation at the local, state and federal level to stay in tune with government funding priorities


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience including proven experience securing and complying with government grants contracts
  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising grant projects
  • Make decisions and solve problems independently and effectively
  • Experience as a manager of both people and process
  • Possess thorough, organized, detail-oriented and accurate approach to work
  • Able to independently and effectively identify, evaluate, problem solve, and give direction regarding problem resolution for individual and department-wide issues
  • Multi-tasker with strong ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to lead inter-departmental collaboration
  • Ability to comprehend complex grant requirements and government regulations
  • Excellent writing skills with a history of success in writing public grants that secure awards
  • Strategic thinking with ability to execute a plan
  • Proficient public speaking skills
  • 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

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
  • Passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations
  • Experience in public policy, public affairs, government relations, or project management
  • 1-3 years of experience administering government grants for nonprofit organizations

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Hybrid work environment, primarily utilizing Microsoft Teams and Zoom
  • Ability to travel to and from work locations as needed


  • Monday – Friday work week
  • Occasional evenings or weekends
  • Occasional travel to government office locations


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!

Starting Salary Expectations:
Minimum $48,995 to range midpoint of $61,197. Placement will generally not exceed the mid-point, based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The full Annual Position Grade Salary Range is $48,995 to $73,448

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.

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

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