Grants And Contracts Specialist (Durational)


Recruitment #220727-4191AR-001


Are you a Grants and Contracts Professional looking for an exciting new opportunity?
Do you want to make a positive impact every day?
If so, read below & apply today!

The Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS) is a newly created agency, housed, with administrative support, under the Office of the Governor. The OWS is charged with influencing and operationalizing the statewide strategy for workforce with the support of the Governor’s Workforce Council and related agency and statewide stakeholders. This small team is looking for two (2) dedicated and excited Grants and Contracts Specialists to help support the Connecticut Workforce. These opportunities are durational, full-time (40 hours/week), with flexible work hours and the opportunity to telecommute.

The OWS was awarded American Rescue Plan funding to deploy short term training grants to local workforce development providers. This $70 million award aims to train and place upwards of 8500 Connecticut Residents. The funding has been awarded to the OWS and durational employees will only be permitted, per Federal guidelines, to be employed by the OWS through 12/31/2024. Applicants will be initially placed in vacancies under durational appointment with anticipated end dates of 12 months. These appointments may be extended. Benefits and leaves will be subject to the appropriate collective bargaining contract language and Connecticut General Statutes.

We are seeking a durational candidate to assist and support deploying and operationalizing these grants. You will be working within a fast-paced environment, that requires independent work, collaboration with a team when needed, and navigating/prioritizing complex work tasks.

Our ideal candidate has familiarity with the Workforce System (including the Regional Workforce Investment Boards, state and colleges education system, community-based organizations, and state agencies), has strong project management and communication skills, competency with Microsoft Office/related programming (Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe Pro), and strong attention to detail as you will be required to read, review or prepare project scopes of work, reports, communication materials, data and analysis documentation and other tasks that may arise to support the successful deployment of the Grants program.

We would like to hear from you if you’re solution-driven and have the ability to manage multiple competing priorities!

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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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.


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.


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.


Seven (7) years of experience in planning, implementation and/or management of grant programs on a community, state or federal level.


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.


  • Experience reviewing grant applications and writing contracts.
  • Experience implementing state, municipal or federal government contracts or agreements.
  • Experience working with local boards, educators, or state agencies.
  • Experience reviewing and cataloging business documentation, for example finance policies, business incumbencies, business bylaws, etc.
  • Project Management Experience.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.