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Grants Management Specialist II

Job Type
1 Aug 2022
Why Join IEM?

We are a woman owned company in Emergency Management that embraces teamwork, collaboration, flexible performance, actionable solutions and integrity/ethics. Our work touches everyone. We produce results that matter. Results that save lives - join us while we build a safe, secure and resilient world.

Our culture:

IEMers believe in the greater good and it is our commitment to attract those who have excellent technical skills, creative minds and innovative ideas to keep propelling us forward.

Primary Location:

Candidates can originate from anywhere in the United States however, preference will be given to candidates that live in/near Springfield, Illinois
Once hired you will deploy (travel) across the United States to client sites as needed

Travel Requirements:

This position may require work to be conducted onsite and may require work on weekends or in excess of 40 hours per week. Travel and other expenses are reimbursable in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.
All interested candidates must be willing to work on site for the duration of each disaster assignment. Assignments typically may last up to 12 months with potential for extension.

Job Summary:

The Grants Management Specialist II (GMS II) will support IEM s State and Local Disaster Response and Recovery Team with its FEMA disaster recovery efforts, working hand-in-hand with the state /local government and private non-profit representatives to guide them through the FEMA Public Assistance process.

IEM s GMS II is responsible for assisting applicants with implementing and managing their Federal grants (FEMA or other grant programs) and providing grants-related assistance and service for IEM s Disaster Response and Recovery management and staff.

The GMS II has an intermediate level of proficiency of demonstrated experience in applying the rules and regulations to situations encountered within the respective grant program they have prior experience with and has the required practical experience.

The GMS II understands and can discuss the application and implication of changes to the rules and regulations and process changes within his/her areas of expertise. The GMS II must be capable of coaching the GMS I as well as assist in the development of reference and resource materials.

Essential Functions:

Prepare, process, track and submit on behalf of the Applicant/Subapplicant (Recipient/Subrecipient) including all required schedules and documentation and responding to Federal Awarding Agency Requests for Information (RFI) for the:

FEMA Request for Public Assistance (RPA) and/or grant application
Award/subaward agreements between the Federal Awarding Agency/Recipient
Requests for reimbursement (RFR) (e.g. advances, expedited payments or reimbursement)
Required award/subaward financial and performance reporting, milestones and deliverables requirements
Requests for closeout documentation
Determine if the Applicant/Subapplicant (Recipient/Subrecipient) meets all grant or cost eligibility requirements
Compile, develop and maintain Recipient/Subrecipient project records supporting eligible activities and costs
Verify, validate and reconcile Recipient/Subrecipient documentation to ensure information matches in all systems
Conduct compliant procurements
Conduct subrecipient and contractor monitoring
Prepare, review or assess its internal policies and procedures
Prepare for and respond to monitoring events and audits conducted by the Federal Awarding Agency, Office of the Inspector General, State auditors and other auditors
Prepare grant documentation for closeout readiness and address any deficiencies
Conduct a final review of completed awards, making appropriate adjustments or disallowances, and processing close-outs
Prepare for post-closeout audits and review
Provide general programmatic assistance to applicants and maintain currency of and compliance with applicable state and federal grant management policies and procedures relating to the Public Assistance Grant Program
Participate in meetings and briefings with applicants
Assist with the performance of project validation reviews and address any inconsistencies, special considerations, and compliance issues with management
Recommend technical guidance and recommendations to management
Assist with the development, maintenance, and implementation of plans and procedures associated with the effective and efficient delivery and monitoring of grant performance of the Public Assistance Grant Program
Collaborate with IEM s Disaster Recovery Specialists to identify and elevate financial or administrative issues for resolution, including responding to Federal Awarding Agency or Recipient Request for Information.

Minimum Qualifications:

At least three years experience with FEMA Grants (Public Assistance, 428, 404 or 406 Mitigation)
Bachelor s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in accounting, business administration, public administration, emergency management, insurance, or related field. An equivalent combination of training and experience may substitute for a degree.
Intermediate level of understanding with Title 2 of the Federal Code of Regulations (CFR)
Intermediate level of understanding with Federal Awarding Agency s respective Title of the CFR including cross-cutting Federal rules and regulations.
Intermediate level of understanding with applicable State rules and regulations.
Intermediate level of understanding with Federal Awarding Agency, State or Recipient program policy rules and guidance
Intermediate level of understanding with Recipient/Subrecipient s internal management policies, procedures, and practices.
Intermediate experience in grants management, program management, emergency management, or administration of disaster recovery programs preferred
Intermediate level of knowledge of grant management, accounting and business management, and budget preparation procedures, and department administration.
Demonstrated ability to interpret grant policy and procedures, to read and interpret grant guidelines and contracts, and to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Intermediate level of knowledge of disaster recovery, emergency management and associated state/federal legislation with the ability to research and organize data.
The ability to write reports, conduct analysis, and prepare/conduct briefings.
The ability to assist with the development of and provision of training to support the recovery process.
Intermediate level experience using Federal, State and Local grants management workflow software and documentation management systems at either the Federal (preferred FEMA), State, Local Recipient/Subrecipient level.
Intermediate level ability to use provided IT tools and document management tools to create, organize and maintain project documents
Intermediate level knowledge of standard office procedures and intermediate computer operations to include a working and functional use (preferred intermediate to advanced) of all Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook, and Excel as well as smartphone /text usage
Ability to effectively communicate (written and orally) with team members and local, state and federal stakeholders.
Solid written, verbal and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as within a team framework to accomplish objectives under a tight deadline
Able to remain flexible and adapt quickly to changes during each assignment
Must be willing and able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance through an extensive government background check with fingerprints.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of Disaster Recovery and FEMA grant programs including an understanding of Public Assistance, 428, 404 and 406 Mitigation.
Knowledge of other federal grant programs such as CARES Act, CDC Grants, HHS Grants, USDA Grants, USACE projects, Small Business Administration disaster recovery, and insurance.
Knowledge of Emergency Management and associated state/federal legislation with the ability to research, organize and write reports, conduct analysis, prepare/conduct briefings and provide training to support recovery process.
Experience within the commercial and/or public industries including, but not limited to, government entities/facilities (including military), medical facilities, schools, transportation (roads and bridges), coastal entities, water/waste treatment and utilities/power.
Professional Registration or Certification including Certified Grants Management Specialist, Project Management Professional, Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner

Benefits and more:

10 paid holidays
Vacation pay
Sick pay
401 (K) plan with matching
Company paid STD and LTD

IEM is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Vets and Disabled

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from Human Resources.
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  • Job Reference: 673962475-2
  • Date Posted: 1 August 2022
  • Recruiter: Innovative Emergency Mgmt
  • Location: Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Administration
  • Job Type: Permanent