Who We Are:

For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential.

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Summary of Opportunity:

As a direct report of the Vice President, Finance, the Senior Director, Federal Grants serves as a functional leader of the Federal Grants department of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). The Senior Director ensures the organization follows and complies with all Federal grant rules and regulations; develops and implements adequate internal controls, policies, procedures, and policies; submits requisite financial management and program performance reports to partners; and effectively executes corrective action in a timely manner

Travel: Approx. 20-25%

Location: Full-time Remote

People Manager: Yes

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and communicates information with regard to planning, implementing, and monitoring the Federal grant compliance and program management activities.
  • Oversees and monitors the implementation of the federal grant compliance activities. Designs, develops, implements and directs compliance and program management operational procedures and verifies whether that BBBSA meets government, standards—including coordinating full compliance with corrective actions.
  • Manages the BBBSA federal grant administration, program management, reporting and submission process; supports development of and analyzes effectiveness of the grant compliance, administration, and program management functions to maximize team and organizational efficiency
  • Reports on a regular basis on the progress of implementation and establishing methods to improve efficiency and quality of services.
  • Periodically revises compliance and program management policies and procedures. Maintains familiarity with laws implemented by the federal and state governance bodies; supports public and private business development initiatives that support federal grant programs.
  • Provides guidance to BBBSA regarding compliance rules and regulations and how best to implement them ensuring on-going relationships.
  • Develops and will steward collaborative relationships with government agencies. Provides strategies for programs with government partners.
  • Supports Grant Compliance/Quality Assurance efforts with grant writing, budgeting, compliance, and program management support on all federal funding opportunities.
  • Assists with responses to government queries. Prepares and timely submits all reporting documentation to federal grant sponsors.
  • Approves FFR, DTCAT, and draw down request ensuring compliance with federal guidelines
  • Monitors all sub-recipient registration in SAM twice a year.
  • In collaborative partnership with the Learning and Development department, creates and participates in educational and training activities that focus on elements of compliance and program management, and seeks to ensure that all appropriate employees and management are knowledgeable of, and comply with, pertinent federal, state, and other standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.

People Management

  • Direct supervision of approximately 4 team members and indirect management of 10 or more Federal Grant Accountants.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion that reflects BBBSA’s commitment to JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion).
  • Recruits, trains, retains, and cultivates professional development of direct reports.
  • Creates a dynamic, supportive, and effective team that is impactful across the BBBSA network.
  • Leads and manages resources (people and capital) that retains and cultivates positive, measurable success.
  • Monitors progress against performance targets; implements countermeasures as needed.


  • Demonstrates a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion that reflects BBBSA’s commitment to JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion).
  • Champions internal and external culture of the organization focusing on being a JEDI-focused youth empowerment and equity organization.
  • Provides consistent follow-up regarding assigned projects and after meetings.
  • Manages related and other duties as assigned in support of department and business needs.

Education & Related Work Experience

Education Level: Direct experience equivalency specific to core responsibilities of the role; Bachelor’s Degree or other educational certification in non-profit management, business or a related field preferred, but not required.

Years of Related Work Experience: 7-10 years of direct experience working on federal grants including experience with grant administration. Demonstrated knowledge of fiscal responsibility for grant funds. Proven track record in the development and writing of complex federal grant applications and reports. Demonstrated ability of federal grants management, program performance, data retrieval, and report writing skills. Superior knowledge of federal and state grant relations, prospect research and stewardship. Proven project management experience. Intermediate MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

JEDI Commitment
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.

Equal Employment Opportunity
BBBSA provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, age, sex, familial or marital status, pregnancy, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Employee must be able to perform all essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Job Responsibilities
The above statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. BBBSA may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is directly recruiting and hiring for this position. We are not engaging any staffing/recruitment firms or agencies for this position. If any candidate profile/resume/identifying information is sent to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and/or Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, we will not pay any referral or firm fees in relation to this information.