The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3, bipartisan organization that serves as America’s leading foundation for freedom, providing support for democratic activists, civil society organizations, and independent media throughout the world, as well as the NED core institutes: the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Solidarity Center, and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Through nearly $300 million in grants annually to 1,800 partners in over 100 countries, NED is at the heart of supporting a global infrastructure for democracy.
We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Grants Officer, Asia who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a fast-paced Grants Administration team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.
The Grants Officer works under the supervision of the Managing Grants Officer, Asia & Global, on the Asia/Latin America/Global Principal’s team in the Grants Administration Department. This position provides hands-on (cradle-to-grave) management of an assigned grant portfolio, working closely with colleagues to provide effective and collaborative due diligence and oversight of grant programs. The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission. The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.
- Participate in proposal review and risk assessment processes, providing input into the assessment of the eligibility and grants administration capacity of prospective grantees.
- Analyze proposal budgets for allowability, allocability, and reasonableness.
- Draft new grant agreements and amendments.
- Ensure the smooth management of grants portfolio, including timely payments, quick response to grantee inquiries, and efficient problem-solving.
- Maintain an up-to-date grant portfolio, sending all reminders, follow-ups, and closeouts.
- Approve grantee financial reports, payment requests, and conduct resolution of invoice review findings.
- Facilitate grantees’ understanding of grant, reporting, and audit requirements.
- Ensure that grants awarded are in compliance with US Government or other donor regulations and/or other special requirements.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (international studies, relevant area studies, nonprofit administration, etc.).
- 2+ years of grants and/or contract administration experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; knowledge of arelational database helpful.
- Asian language desired, but not required.
- Familiarity with Federal grant regulations and international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operational environment.
- Familiarity with or an interest in the Asia region.
- Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Attention to detail and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and organize time efficiently.
- Strong ability to be a team player and self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role, working independently, and in a multicultural environment.
- Ability to work with discretion.
- Authorized to work in the United States.
This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries.
Located in Washington, D.C., the salary range for this role is $ 51,750 – 73,125 USD, plus benefits. The final offer for a successful candidate will be determined by a combination of factors, including, but not limited to, skill set, level of experience, education, and market considerations.
At NED, we recognize that our most important asset is our people. We value the diversity of skills and perspectives our team brings to our work. We believe an inclusive and supportive work environment fosters a culture of respect and appreciation for all individuals. NED is committed to creating a workplace that allows everyone to be their authentic selves and make meaningful contributions to our organization, our grantees, and our world.
NED strives to create a work experience that supports the well-being and healthy work-life balance of our employees. Our comprehensive benefits package offers health insurance (includes no copay for mental health services), a generous retirement savings plan, paid parental, vacation, and sick leave, a hybrid workplace model, flexible work schedules, and wellness initiatives to ensure a positive work-life balance.
NED is dedicated to creating an environment of respect and collaboration where everyone is encouraged to participate and take ownership of their work. We offer flexible work schedules and, for most positions, the opportunity for weekly telework days. This hybrid approach allows our employees to balance their work and personal lives while still participating in the collaborative process at the heart of our mission.
The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion among our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.