Federal Grants Manager

Posted Date: May 10, 2021
Location: Washington DC, District of Columbia
The Federal Grants Manager is responsible for the execution of a federal grants program to support the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL’s) Federal Affairs team and state and area offices, with a specific focus on project support for our Parks, Schoolyards, and Trails initiatives This includes: researching public grant programs with an emphasis on National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related federal agencies; disseminating information and providing grant guidance and support to staff, community partners, and/or agencies; assessing TPL projects for program eligibility and potential; managing the preparation, drafting, and submission of TPL project grant proposals; and assisting in post-award coordination.
This position works closely with Federal Affairs staff and field staff in relevant state and field offices.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assess TPL’s public grant financing needs, identify project eligibility, assess potential for federal funding programs, and help secure grant funding.
  • Coordinate with state/field, finance, legal, and other programs and staff as needed on preparation of grant applications for federal public agency funding, including researching, writing project descriptions, editing text prepared by project staff and partners, coordinating the design of proposals and finalizing application packages with project administrative staff.
  • Monitor grant proposals following submission to funding agencies; gather and provide additional information as needed, and work with TPL’s legal department, Finance team, applicants, and funding agencies to accept and manage awards.
  • Work with Federal Affairs staff to develop and maintain close relationships with program officers, contract offices, or grant administrators at funding agencies.  
  • Work with Federal Affairs staff to inform public agencies regarding grant programs and guidelines.
  • Maintain up-to-date database of grant information, including a calendar of grant deadlines, summary of grant program requirements, and research aids.
  • Research new grant program initiatives.
  • Provide grant information to TPL project and program staff and others as needed.
  • Organize and conduct workshops and training courses.
  • Make presentations at public agencies in support of TPL funding requests.
  • Travel periodically to TPL field offices.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in an equivalent position; experience in federal grant writing required, and knowledge of DOI, EPA, HUD, DOT, USDA grant opportunities preferred, especially: NPS State and Local Assistance (state formula and ORLP); HUD Community Development Block Grants; NEA Art Works and Our Town; DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD); and DOT Transportation Alternatives.
  • A passion for expanding access to the outdoors and commitment to partnering with frontline communities to create more equitable access to parks, green schoolyards, and trails.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficient with computers and spreadsheet/word processing applications.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Creative and independent worker.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations to solve problems.
  • Ability to establish professional relations with other departments and various outside agencies.
  • Ability to work as an integral part of a fast-paced team.
The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve.  Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.  We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you’re the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.