Job Details

Seattle Colleges
  • Position Number: 3067389
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Position Type: Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts


Director of Grants & Strategic Initiatives


Job ID: 11381
Location: Seattle Central College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Opportunity Description
About Us

We are a district of three distinct colleges-North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College-and five specialty training centers. Which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington, we are leaders in change and innovation.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the passionate work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as we work against systemic racism. Additionally, you will gain the rewarding experience of contributing to the success of an open-access learning institution that prepares students for life and work, fostering a diverse, engaged and dynamic community.

Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.

Position Summary

This opportunity is open until filled

Salary range for this position is: $70,000/yr. - $90,000/yr. (depending on experience)

Are you passionate about working collaboratively to develop, write and submit grants? Have you contributed to the fiscal health of an organization through grant-funded opportunities? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining our team, an equity-focused open-access college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. As a Director of Grants & Strategic Initiatives, you will be responsible for being a key member of the team that leads the grant process and working with colleagues to ensure that the college meets various grant requirements.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, the Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for providing crucial support for fulfilling the college's mission by securing external funds through successful grant proposals to federal and state agencies, foundations, corporations, and other organizations. The position is responsible for coordination of grant applications, including evaluating potential funding opportunities, working collaboratively to develop competitive projects that address college needs, writing proposals, and coordinating post-award support to ensure successful implementation of funded grants. In additional to grant development and management, this position provides key institutional leadership of strategic college initiatives supported by external funding sources and assists the office of Strategic Partnerships in the leadership of specific grant-funded initiatives that achieve target outcomes and institutional strategic plan objectives.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will enjoy competitive compensation as well as all the benefits as a Washington State employee. To learn more about our excellent benefits offerings please see our benefits overview here: Seattle Colleges Employment Benefits

Application Procedures:
  • Attached current Resume
  • Attached cover letter addressing how your background intersects with the job

Required application materials must be completed and submitted online

Notice to Applicants:
Please note that Seattle Colleges has moved to remote operations, pending public health guidance. Per CDC and WA Public Health directions, at this time we will be practicing social distancing and holding interviews virtually using video conference or teleconference options. As such, if you are selected for interview, please be prepared to hold your interview virtually.

Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.1, employees of higher education and healthcare institutions must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 18, 2021, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. Updated information about how to provide proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious accommodation will be posted as soon as it is known.

What you will be working on:
  • Conduct research related to needs assessment and background information for proposal development, as well as programmatic research required for writing comprehensive grant proposals in order to secure grant funding.
  • Analyze funding organization requirements and anticipate the college's competitive position for each opportunity.
  • Primary responsibility for the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals and preparation of budgets including identifying standard line-item costs where applicable for staffing, space, and material.
  • Ensure grant proposal budgets adhere to all applicable campus, district, and state policies and requirements; assume fiscal management responsibilities as assigned.
  • Provide technical assistance to deans, directors, managers and faculty in planning, writing, program design, budget development, and evaluation.
  • Manage the reporting of award funds; develop and implement fiscal policies and procedures that adhere to all applicable campus, district, and state policies and requirements.
  • Coordinate and oversee grant implementation including instruction on internal procedures and funding agency compliance, assistance with all issues of financial, personnel, payroll, purchasing, and administration of funded awards.
  • Work with administrators, staff and faculty to identify and resolve budget and compliance issues.
  • Serve as liaison with funding source program and contract officers, resource developers nationally, and with community organizations.
  • Support grant managers or project directors as needed.
  • Dissemination of information about external funding opportunities and other grants-related information.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with college faculty, staff, administrators, and community organizations, public and private agencies, and other professionals associated with the development and operation of grants and contracts.
  • Provide periodic updates on grant-funded projects to the appropriate committees, councils, boards and to the campus.
  • Research and identify viable external funding opportunities that match the college's mission, goals, and strategic priorities.
  • Support strategic planning processes, including assisting with evaluation scoring and external analysis.
  • Attend college meetings, seminars, and activities as assigned.
  • Work collaboratively across the district and lead (as directed) projects and initiatives in support of student success.
  • Work in collaboration with the District office on special grant projects and requests.

What you bring as a candidate: (Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience)
  • Bachelor's degree in English, education, public/educational administration, or related field.
  • Three or more years of experience as the primary author of recent successful grant proposals for federal state, and /or private agencies, preferably in higher education.
  • Ability to work independently, manage coordinate multiple projects with minimal supervision, and maintain high quality work products that meet critical deadlines.
  • Experience coordinating staff and consultants.
  • Experience in building partnerships within institutions and among community stakeholders.
  • Experience with preparing and managing budgets.
  • Proficiency in research, interpretation, and analysis of data.
  • Proficient knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office Applications, databases, and online research software and tools.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 25 pounds; lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and traversing up and down stairs.

Disability Accommodation

Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants:
  • Ability to operate office equipment
  • Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials
  • Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person

Notice of Non-discrimination Statement

Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of "bullying" behaviors, including "cyber bullying".

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college's Director of Legal Compliance:

1500 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA 98122-3803

(206) 934-3873

Seattle Colleges is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and employees who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

Background Check Statement

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. In addition to the background check, candidates will be required to complete the Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form as required WA HB 2327.


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