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Grants Manager

New York, NY, USA

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160 Fifth Avenue
Full time

The Grants Manager is responsible for providing comprehensive grant administration for pre and post award activities for Neuroscience Collaborations grants and gifts. The Grants Manager will supervise a Grants Administrator(s).

Areas of Responsibility: 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Act as the main point of contact for applicants, grantees and institutional administrators.
  • Serve as the point person for all grant related questions from the Grants Administrator(s).
  • Liaise with other departments in the foundation.
  • Interact with proposalCENTRAL staff regarding online application and grants management.
  • Implement diversity, equity and inclusivity initiatives.
  • Work to ensure more diverse, equitable and inclusive applications and review processes.
  • Manage entire RFA process, from announcement to grant activation.
  • Facilitate creation of RFA announcements and schedules.
  • Produce application templates, instructions and FAQs.
  • Coordinate the review of non-competitive grant application and renewals with Program Managers.
  • Review grant budgets, send award letters and activate grants.
  • Oversee grant-related compliance review activities, such as tax status verification and expenditure responsibility for international grantees.
  • Create grant deliverable templates, instructions and FAQs.
  • Oversee the grant deliverable (renewal, supplemental, carry forward, no cost extension, change of institution and termination) submission and review process.
  • Perform grantee due diligence, as needed, to determine legal compliance, as well as financial and reputational risks.
  • Provide final review of grant financial statements.
  • Administer the grant closeout process.
  • Prepare reports as needed, as well as biannual portfolio analysis.
  • Communicate outputs to the Simons Foundation and to the appropriate scientific and grant communities.
  • Develop training materials and standard operating procedures for the department and their portfolio.
  • Develop innovative solutions to increase efficiency and streamline workflows.
  • Continuously improve grant processes and procedures to improve and streamline workflows.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, best practices and standards.
  • Define workflow requirements for the Simons Foundation's grants management system, Simons Award Manager (SAM), in partnership with program staff for current and future configuration.
  • Actively build and maintain strong relationships with relevant grants stakeholders, most importantly Scientific Program Directors and Managers.



  • Bachelor's degree


  • 3–5 years' work experience in grants administration is required.
  • Knowledge of SmartSimple, proposalCENTRAL or related award management system is preferred.
  • People management experience is preferred.

Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks with competing deadlines and priorities
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to proactively anticipate needs
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills — must be able to work well with and adapt to diverse personalities and communication styles
  • Exceptional attention to detail and task follow-through
  • Superb Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Team player with respect for others and ability to work independently
  • Interest in new technologies and new media
  • Enthusiasm for and the ability to easily adapt to change
  • Eagerness to grow with the position as the organization's needs evolve


  • Please submit a résumé and a cover letter detailing your interest in the position.

The Simons Foundation's Diversity Commitment

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds, and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state, and local law.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jun 21 2022
Active Until: 
Jul 20 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Simons Foundation