Grants Director

Grants Director
City of Philadelphia Office of the Director of Finance
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Job Description

The Grants Director leads the Office of Recovery and Grants and chairs the City’s Recovery Steering Committee and associated working groups designed to oversee various aspects of the City’s Recovery efforts.

The position will be a hybrid remote/onsite position.

Essential Functions

Oversight of COVID-19 Recovery Grants and Associated Reporting: The Grants Director is responsible for management of and mandated reporting on the City’s COVID-19-related grants, which include:

  • $276M in Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars;
  • $163M in Emergency Rental Assistance funds;
  • $1.4B in American Rescue Plan Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds;
  • Reimbursements from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance.

The Grants Director also provides general oversight over the City’s growing recovery grants portfolio and other grants.

Management of City Staff and Consultant Support: The Office of Recovery and Grants includes four other positions that support day-to-day operations and projects. The Grants Director is also responsible for overseeing a team of external disaster recovery consultants who are supporting the City’s efforts to recover costs related to the pandemic and other events.

Communication and Engagement with Key Stakeholders: The Grants Director provides ongoing updates, including making policy and process recommendations, to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Budget Director, Finance Director, Managing Director, and other key Administration leaders.

With support from staff in the Office of Recovery and Grants, the Grants Director prepares reports for the public and City Council on use of Recovery funds, handles press questions and interviews, advises leadership on strategy to maximize use of federal funding, responds to inquiries from the City Controller’s Office, and communicates directly with fiscal staff across the City’s operating departments to ensure that they have the guidance that they need to manage City grants appropriately.

Augmentation of the City’s Capacity to Pursue, Obtain, and Manage Grants: With support from colleagues in the Office of Recovery and Grants, Grants Accounting, and key fiscal staff in operating departments, the Grants Officer oversees the City’s federal, state and philanthropic funding, supports departments in applying for competitive grant opportunities, and implements training and process improvements to the City’s grants management practices from application to audit.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with federal and state grants, grant audits, disaster recovery funding, and budgeting
  • Familiarity with City accounting and budgeting systems and processes preferred, but not required
  • Experience working within government and with elected officials, constituents, and advocacy organizations
  • Ability to work independently and with a team to achieve goals
  • Ability to problem-solve and think creatively to produce solutions
  • Proven track record in establishing and sustaining collaborative and effective working relationships with leadership, direct supervisor(s), peers, staff, consultants, service providers, and vendors
  • Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing – with a variety of stakeholders
  • Strong public presentation skills and experience, strategic thinking, and high professional ethics
  • Experience identifying relevant performance and outcome metrics and using the information for improvement and evaluation purposes


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • 10 years of government experience, preferably in a financial role

Additional Information


Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, references and resume.

Salary Range: $130,000 - $140,000

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available

*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to

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