Grant administrators are responsible for overseeing grants for their organization. They appropriate and allocate funds, as well as handle all paperwork and applications that need processing. Grant administrators also works with clients on a day-to-day basis, performing tasks such as reviewing budgets, conducting background checks, gathering information, providing guidance, and finalizing grants. Additionally, this individual might spend time working with grant recipients, making sure they are following grant guidelines and that the money is being used for the purposes for which it was provided.
Grant administrators work in a number of industries, and they often work for government agencies. Regardless of the industry, it is necessary for grant administrators to be able to communicate in a professional, efficient, and effective manner. They must work effectively with colleagues and external parties, communicating regularly in person, over the phone, and/or via email. Grant administrators generally work in an office setting during regular business hours, although alternative hours or overtime may be required.
A bachelor's degree is typically needed to work in this position, as well as relevant experience. Because research is frequently funded by grants, academic and/or professional experience in a research-related field may be required or prefer. Certifications in grant management may be beneficial.
Grants Administrator Tasks
Ensures proposals are in compliance with sponsor requirements.
Oversees the preparation and submission of financial reports to grantor agencies.
Reviews ongoing administration of grants to ensure compliance.
Negotiates and interprets sub award terms and conditions.