Director of Grants & Compliance

Friday, June 14, 2019


Job Title: Director of Grants & Compliance 

Department: Finance & Administration

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. The Center’s mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

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The Role: The Center is investing in a new Grants & Compliance unit to support its newly developed Government Funding Strategy. Historically the Center revenue came primarily from unrestricted or lightly restricted funding. Bilateral and multilateral funding has been identified as a promising new untapped stream. The Center’s Government Funding strategy sets out an ambitious plan for building a sustainable funding stream from bilateral and multilateral sources by 2021, which will be achieved in part by developing the capacity and systems needed to bring in and implement funding.

As such, the Director of Grants & Compliance will be designing and creating the systems, tools and processes to successfully support the Center in this endeavor. This includes all processes and procedures to ensure the integrity and compliance of the awards management process at each stage of the grant life cycle from proposals to grant implementation and compliance to award close out. The Director Grants & Compliance will report to and work closely with the Senior Director of Finance and Administration, be a part of the Finance and Administration leadership team and a key member of the Government Fundraising team.  

Primary Responsibilities: 

Proposal Process Support

  • Work closely with the Development Department and the Programs on the review of the proposal guidelines making sure the Center can comply with the financial and compliance requirements;
  • Create budget templates and guidelines for significant donor; and
  • Ensure that the budget proposals, budget notes and proposal are in sync and the proposal is properly costed.

Grants/Agreements Administration

  • Direct the review of contracts and grant agreements, and modifications to such agreements, to ensure adherence to donor regulations and that the Center's organization, programmatic, compliance and financial interests are considered and represented in such agreements;
  • Provide guidance to staff regarding awarded terms and conditions and donor regulations, as well as assist negotiating the terms and conditions of agreements with clients, contractors and sub-awardees;
  • Maintain close relationships with counterparts in Development, Finance and Accounting, Regional Offices, Programs and other departments to ensure contract and compliance coordination between departments;
  • Ensure contractors and sub-awardees comply with the terms and conditions of the awarding instruments; and
  • Keep abreast of, interpret, and provide guidance to staff on donor regulations and policies; educate staff on contract compliance and operational topics.


  • Develop, implement, maintain, and revise policies and procedures for the operation of Grants and Compliance and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct;
  • Support efforts around capacity-building and ensuring that tools and templates meet program implementation needs;
  • Maintain a current resource library for staff to use, and assist in preparations for training and refresher sessions on pertinent topics;
  • Work closely with the Accounting/Finance Units to ensure operations materials met the requirements to manage restrictive awards;
  • Ensure that we are in compliance reviews/audits of HQ and field offices, as well as external audits;
  • Lead responses on how to resolve alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies and procedures; and
  • Support the roll-out, training, and implementation of revised processes, policies, templates and other guidance documents.

Critical Position Behaviors:

  1. Strategic thinker: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
  2. Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives.  Blends vision and judgment.
  3. Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  4. Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  5. Commitment to learn: Receives and provides feedback and constructive criticism professionally.  Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team's development.  Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
  6. Passion for coaching and mentoring staff: Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members.
  7. Accountability: Holds themselves and others accountable.
  8. Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  9. Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence.
  10. Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.


The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and display evidence of good leadership, business partnering and influencing skills. They must have excellent written and oral communication skills and be comfortable participating as both an effective contributor and listener in group settings, which include senior staff. They must be well organized, resourceful, effective and efficient at prioritization and coordinating multiple resources to get things done; can work on multiple tasks at once without losing track; foresees and plans around obstacles.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting;
  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values; 
  • Working experience managing restrictive government and/or multilateral awards required, including, but not limited to, UN, Canada, DFID;
  • Demonstrated experience: 10+ years’ experience working in grant management with at least 5+ years’ experience in the management of a grants department of an international organization;
  • A client focused attitude;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to travel, for several weeks at a time to developing locations;
  • Effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic; and
  • Desire to work in a multicultural, diverse, and highly performance-driven environment.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter and resume must be included in your application. Please include these application materials as attachments. 

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.