The Connecticut State Department of Education is currently recruiting for a Grants and Contracts Specialist. This individual will manage grants and contracts as part of the agency administration of programs under the federal United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs including the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Food Distribution Program, After-school snack Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Programs. This includes: developing and processing grants, agreements, contracts and memoranda of agreements with program sponsors, community organizations, private industry and other state agencies and universities; performing grant management functions including preparation and processing monthly sponsor claims for reimbursement for meals served; serving as the Child Nutrition Program liaison to internal and external stakeholders; developing and implementing related policies and procedures; interpreting and administering pertinent federal regulations and guidance and state statutes and policies; producing federal programmatic and financial reports; participating in agency strategic planning and implementation.
This position is located at the State of Connecticut office building at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. This is a 40-hour position that operates Monday-Friday.
Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualifications for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the hiring agency. However, there are no attachments required at the time of application.
Due to the volume of applications anticipated, the Bureau of Human Resources is unable to provide confirmation of receipt and/or the status of applications during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. For all other inquiries, please contact Kim Barberi at email@example.com; 860-713-6691.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist in planning, implementation, management and evaluation of a large complex grant program or group of programs in one field where responsibilities are assumed for program development, liaison and coordination with federal, state and community agencies and organizations, program implementation and administration, program monitoring and assessment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs specialized related duties in the area of grants management; performs research to support the application for or the disbursement of grants including needs analysis, literature review and regulations critique to identify problems and determine priorities; develops alternatives; gathers information related to program area; develops goals and objectives, evaluation standards, timetables, other program components and department policy for program area and individual projects; prepares grant proposals; monitors use of grant monies awarded to agency to ensure adherence to all terms and conditions; facilitates direct grant process; provides technical assistance and acts as resource person to grantees; evaluates program proposals and applications for conformance with regulations and state goals; recommends funding; prepares contracts and agreements related to grant activities; monitors and assesses ongoing programs for conformance to reporting requirements, general budget and timetable guidelines and program effectiveness; prepares quarterly and annual reports and statewide annual plan or section of plan related to program local area; attends meetings of appropriate state, local and regional organizations and performs other liaison functions to coordinate efforts in program area; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of grant preparation and administration; considerable knowledge of program evaluation and monitoring functions; knowledge of research methods and techniques; some knowledge of budget preparation and monitoring; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of experience in planning, implementation and/or management of grant programs on a community, state or federal level.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
Preference will be given to applicants with the following experience and training:
- 5 years of experience in preparing and monitoring spending plans and budgets;
- 5 years of successfully interpreting, analyzing, and verifying financial data and information, including financial and budget statements, reports, records, and agreements;
- 2 years of experience with government contracting requirements and procedures;
- Significant understanding of contract language and experience in developing contracts and associated documents, requirements, and instructions;
- Demonstrated experience in engaging partners, developing effective relationships and maintaining effective public and private partnerships to achieve program outcomes;
- Demonstrated ability to manage tasks for multiple programs and competing priorities and projects;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in a multi-tasked, large volume office with staff in various disciplines;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain productive working relationships; and
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.