Troy, MI

Grants Management Associate, The Kresge Foundation

The Organization

The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 largest private foundations in the U.S. Our staff of over 100 employees works to expand opportunities in America’s cities for people with low incomes. We do this through grantmaking and social investing nationally in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and placed-based work in Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, and other parts of the country.

Our state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting features. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.

Position Overview

The Grants Management Associate works externally with applicants and grantees and internally with program, finance, social investments, and legal staff in support of the grant making process.

The Grants Management Associate ensures compliance and shares data to inform the strategic decision making to support organizational learning.

This role allows for collaboration and partnership across the organization. This role is responsible for reviewing all components of grants and program-related investments in the Foundation’s grants management system.

Primary responsibilities

1.     Applies an understanding of IRS and foundation-specific regulations, capability to read non-profit organization financial reports, nonprofit law, and concepts of program related investments.

2.     Applies concepts of financing, and familiarity with foundation structure and history.

3.     Provides systems and process training and operational support to programs as a partner to and member of their program teams. Advises teams on issues of compliance.

4.     Collects and shares grant and program-related investment data to foster continuous learning and improvement.

5.     Monitors and ensures that grants and program-related investments move expeditiously through the automated review process in the grants management system, focusing on high-quality, timely and consistent due diligence.

6.     Supports foundation grantees and investees in the navigation of foundation systems used for application, approval, reporting and the disbursement of funds. Works with organizations to ensure compliance with foundation reporting and other requirements.

7.     Works with Program and Social Investment staff members to ensure required documentation is in the grants management system and closes out grants and program-related investments.

8.     Coordinates with Managing Directors and Program Team Assistants to ensure proper communication and correspondence with applicants and grantees/program investees.

9.     Supports the final production of the grant and program-related investment materials for the monthly grant docket and the quarterly Board book.

10.  Conducts monthly audits to ensure accurate program coding, budget allocation, payments, reporting requirements, compliance efforts and adherence to policies and requirements.

11.  The ability to use statistical methods to analyze grant data and generate dashboards and reports using the grants management system and or secondary platforms.

12.  Builds strong relationships within and across teams.

13.  Attends appropriate Program and Social Investments meetings and engages with the teams in a collaborative and constructive manner on an ongoing basis.

14.  Performs other duties as assigned.

15.  Strong commitment to the Foundation’s vision and values with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions.


·       Bachelor’s degree with at least, three to five years of work experience in an office environment, working independently and managing detailed information on specific deadlines and with others in teams required.

·       Excellent computer skills, including proficient to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint and intermediate to advanced knowledge of and experience with a grants management system preferred.

·       Proven process management, operation, organization, and time management skills; strict attention to detail.

·       Adept at prioritizing and handling multiple complex assignments and setting and meeting competing deadlines with an orientation towards results and resolution.

·       Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.

·       Demonstrated comfort with ambiguity.

·       Demonstrated ability to problem solve and suggest new processes to improve internal and external customer responsiveness. Excellent customer service skills required.

Physical Requirements

The Kresge Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its programs, and operations. As part of this commitment, the Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact our Human Resources Department.

Compensation and Benefits 

Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.

How To Apply

Application deadline for this position is 11:59pm EST on June 28, 2021.

Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Kresge staff are working remotely, and our Troy and Detroit offices remain closed until further notice. Kresge staff will not be traveling or attending in-person meetings during this time. Thank you for your understanding.

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