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Grant and Financial Associate, Center for Workforce Development

Grant and Financial Associate, Center for Workforce Development


The Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) mission is to strengthen and bring together diverse leaders and constituencies to improve outcomes for children and youth. In recognition of the need for substantial improvements in workforce preparation systems in this country, IEL established the Center for Workforce Development in 1991. CWD focuses on helping leaders in both the public and private sectors build bridges that connect individuals with both learning institutions and the workplace. The focus is on the ties that link the worker, the school or training institutions, and the workplace together—ties that promote the types of learning organizations needed to increase the overall productivity of the nation's workforce.

CWD's operational approach is collaboration with other organizations because no one organization has the capacity to have the full range of knowledge and expertise necessary to address these issues. Building bridges requires networking and knowledge of how different stakeholders and systems interact with one another. CWD is dedicated to helping build those bridges to create a more coherent workforce development system in the United States.

IEL/CWD’s work is built on helping meet the needs of all youth and improving the knowledge, skills and abilities of youth service professionals. IEL/CWD's recent work has been disability-related and includes the creation and operation of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth); developing and operating the youth-led National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Youth); and creating and implementing the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP), the Right Turn initiative, and the District of Columbia Advocacy Partners program.


The Grant and Financial Associate is the lead staff person on grant financial management and all financial duties of the Center for Workforce Development. This position also provides ongoing financial and administrative support for the staff and initiatives of the Center.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide direct program support to Project Director;
  • Review and process payments for invoices;
  • Monitor subcontractor spending and budgeting through the use of Excel spreadsheets and QuickBooks;
  • Ensure compliance with federal grant spending guidelines, guidelines provided by non-federal grantors, and those outlined in IEL’s own financial policy manual;
  • Assist in the development of contracts for consultants, subcontractors, and subgrantees;
  • Provide support for grant administration including assisting in the development and completion of financial and program reports for funders;
  • Assist in the development of grant proposals, including editing proposals, preparing budgets, writing budget justifications, and ensuring that proposals are developed and submitted in line with the guidelines provided in the request for proposals;
  • Help maintain routine communications with project funders, partners and other stakeholders;
  • Produce a variety of materials in draft including proposals, budgets, newsletters, correspondence, and project reports;Serve on IEL-wide ad hoc committees and planning groups;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related field a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks or similar accounting software a plus.
  • Documented capacity to work effectively as a team member;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; 
  • Strong financial management capability,
  • Interest in education and/or public policy, leadership development, workforce development, and/or disability public policy.

Salary Range

$45,000-$60,000, exempt

Application Deadline

February 15, 2017

To Apply

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Carly Fahey at Please include "Grant and Financial Associate" in the subject of your email.

IEL is an equal opportunity employer.