CUNY Grants & Contracts Specialist (Development Grants Specialist) in Queens, New York


LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit to learn more.

The Grants & Contract Specialist reports directly to the Associate Director and, in addition to the CUNY Title Overview, assists with the following responsibilities in the Grants Office:

  • Research and resolve multiple and often complex assignments; set priorities in a timely and efficient manner; collaborate with the unit director in identifying short term and long term unit objectives.

  • Monitor and administer routine program activity; ensure that awarded funds are expended in accordance with terms and conditions of grants.

  • Monitor staff projects; Compile and analyze data for management reports; develop and maintain various databases to ensure compliance for college-wide grants.

  • Research, draft, and format reports of considerable complexity using innovative techniques and formats.

  • Coordinate effort reporting for all grants; act as liaison for all release time and sponsored project effort reporting with Research Foundation and College project staff; coordinate related reporting and management systems for all office program sites.

  • Respond to Principal Investigator and Project Director requests and inquiries in a timely and thorough manner.

  • Maintain audit-compliant records for all College grant programs; coordinate data collection in the event of audit; liaise with internal audit at Research Foundation.

  • Coordinate the implementation of College's internal vacation usage policy to ensure usage of vacation balances within project period(s) of grants to minimize cash liability for unused vacation balances.

  • Assist with staff orientation, training, monitoring of work, time and leave, and performance management.

  • Recruit and supervise volunteers and interns; participating in professional development activities.

  • Facilitate and attend department and related meetings.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.


  • Master's Degree in a related field with two (2) years administrative, progressively responsible experience, of which at least one (1) year entailed working with state or local government processes for budgeting, expenditures, human resources, grants management and/or procurement, preferably in a social service or non-profit organization preferred; at least one (1) year supervising the work of others in a related area

  • Expert knowledge of major office computer and spreadsheet software related to field of work

  • Ability to work effectively with staff, associates, and internal and external constituents

  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies

  • Ability to explain complex concepts to professional college staff and officials

  • Ability to conduct research and manipulate complex statistical information


Organizes College grant development programs under management direction.

  • Develops grant proposals to foundations and corporations; writes and edits proposals, including budgets and related materials

  • Researches and identifies grant opportunities that support College programs and initiatives; matches goals and priorities with grant opportunities

  • Tracks grant prospects and submissions; manages grant budgets

  • Assists faculty in writing research grant proposals and reports

  • Compiles and analyzes data to prepare reports for management and funding sponsors

  • Advises faculty and administration of funding opportunities and requirements

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Development Grants Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Candidates should provide a resume and cover letter.


Open Until Filled. Review of resumes will begin 10/30/2018 (Revised).


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Job Title: Grants & Contracts Specialist (Development Grants Specialist)

Job ID: 19365

Location: LaGuardia Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular