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State of Massachusetts Grants Development Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Grants Development Manager, who will be responsible for increasing the capacity of DPH to deliver high quality public health services by supporting the acquisition of federal grants. The department submits approximately 100 grant applications and renewals a year, and this workload demands the ability to prioritize and organize workflow to ensure deadlines are met and review processes ensure high quality work is submitted to funding agencies. Working closely with Bureau Directors and other senior staff, the incumbent researches and proposes grant opportunities that align and promote DPH priorities.

Our selected candidate will research and identify federal grant opportunities; support the Bureaus in developing and finalizing grant proposals; develop project management strategies to identify and track federal grant development being conducted throughout all Bureaus; and provide one on one assistance or group training to ensure high-quality proposals are developed and submitted on time. The Grants Development Manager will work to develop the capacity of Project Directors/Primary Investigators to plan and draft quality applications.

/_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/



Development & Support

  • Submit final version of all grant applications and renewals to funders on time.

  • Supervise and review grant applications prepared by bureau staff to assess adherence to the requirements of the funder and Department priorities via DPH Grants Database.

  • Deliver directional support in terms of the proposal’s approach, content and final submission.

  • Edit and consolidate written documents to meet page limits while maintaining overall thematic integrity and to prepare federal grant reports and applications for final submission.

  • Facilitate internal decisions for which programs will apply for a particular funding stream using the strategic plan and input from senior management as a guide.

  • Develop and improve policies, procedures, resources and tools to ensure staff successfully and efficiently develop winning proposals.

  • Facilitate department-wide presentations on topics of interest related to grant research, grant writing and public health trends that may be funded through grant resources.

  • Maintain current information in DPH Grants database

Project Management & Agency Planning

  • Develop project management strategies to identify and track federal grant development being conducted throughout all the Bureaus and Offices.

  • Monitor compliance with federal and other funder conflict of interest policies.

  • Compile grant opportunities of interest to the Department’s Bureaus and Offices—opportunities include federal grants as well as foundation and other types of funding including sub-recipient opportunities.

  • Keep Bureau leadership and Project Directors/Primary Investigators informed of funding opportunities, trends in grant making and policy at the federal, state and local level. Develop effective communication strategies to share information about federal funder priorities and information to submit successful applications.

  • Produce monthly updates on active submissions and quarterly updates on successful applications/trends.

  • Serve as primary point of contact for all federal grant applications—work with Bureau to address any questions or concerns from funding organization.

*Research & Outreach *

  • Research national and local foundations and organizations that fund public health activities and how to research, apply and win successful grants.

  • Identify federal grant opportunities that align and enhance the mission and priorities of the Department.

  • Cultivate relations with current and potential grant-giving organizations.

/_Preferred Qualifications:_/

  • At least five (5) years of grant writing experience, preferably federal grants for public health projects.

  • Demonstrated success in writing federal and other grants that were ultimately funded.

  • Experience developing and implementing project management tools with realistic timelines and strategies for keeping staff motivated and accountable for their role in the development process.

  • Proven experience with grant policies/regulations and pre/post award processes associated with federal grants.

  • Familiarity with national and local foundations and organizations that fund public health activities and how to research, apply and win successful grants.

  • Ability to determine proper format and procedure for assembling information into reports and documents for various target audiences.

  • Demonstrated confidence with the ability to effectively engage other state, municipal and federal officials, non-governmental organizations, professionals and other stakeholders.

  • Understanding of the policies and practices of state, local and federal agencies, and works effectively within the regulations and constraints of publicly accountable organizations.

  • Appreciation and collaboration with community agencies and their needs, especially as partners with the Department, to work on competitive joint projects and solve problems if they arise in the process.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

/_To Apply:_/

  • Please upload a current resume.

  • Please upload a list of grant applications you have been part of writing including: (a) title of grant, (b) funder, (c) award amount and (d) your role in the application.

  • Please upload a Writing Sample that demonstrates your writing and research skills, preferably a draft responding to an RFP, grant or similar illustration of technical writing.

/_About the Department of Public Health:_/

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

*/_Total Compensation:


As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your total compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Economical Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_/Pre-Hire Process:/_

A tax & background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Human Resources Division prior to the candidate being hired.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2


Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, professional internship, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Administrative Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Grants Development Manager

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 200000GD