Team Lead, Grants job at Canadian Red Cross Society

Canadian Red Cross Society

Job Description

The Canadian Red Cross (CRC), an iconic brand and one of the most inspirational not-for-profit organizations on this planet, is seeking a Team Lead, Grants to join the team.

We are guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. We help people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience.

Starting with the hiring process, we are committed to having an accessible, diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free work environment where everyone can reach their full potential. We encourage all qualified persons who share our values and want to contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace to apply.

Working with the Manager, Program Administration or the Manager, Grant Programs, the Grant Team Lead oversee a team of grants officers who assess projects within the program guidelines and administer, monitor, and support grant implementation with community organizations. The Grant Team Lead will use their granting technical expertise and strong team management skills to lead the delivery of the program and support organizations through all phases of the grant cycle. The incumbent will use their good judgement to provide guidance through areas of uncertainty, their strong monitoring skills to ensure efficient and consistent work of the Grants Officers, and their collaborative nature to coordinate with other members of the team to contribute to the successful delivery of the Community Services Recovery Funds (CSRF) in a fast-paced environment.

In this role you will:

Responsibility 1: Program management

  • Lead a team of grants officers in the delivery of the program from application support through the full grant cycle to final reports.
  • Lead the project assessment process, ensuring consistency of assessments across the team.
  • Ensure high quality support is provided to community organizations throughout their experience with CRC.
  • Contribute to the design and development of program tools and processes.
  • Provide solutions to challenges arising within funded projects.
  • Manage escalated files in conjunction with the Manager, Program Administration or Manager, Grant Programs.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with other program team members and internal teams contributing to the delivery of the program.
  • Identify trends and issues within the assessment process to leadership to inform program decisions.
  • Identify potential risks within the program and implement mitigation strategies.
  • Actively participate in coordination meetings that support the implementation of the program and ensures alignment with program intentions, granting good practices and CRC’s methodology.
  • Contribute to and support linkages between program teams to identify opportunities or concerns with cross-sector projects and to build on collaborative efforts.

Responsibility 2: People management

  • Provide direct supervision to help grants officers in carrying out their work, in collaboration with the Manager, Program Administration or Manager, Grant Programs.
  • Help grants officers support community organizations through the full grant cycle based on approved programs, guidelines, tools, and processes.
  • Monitor the grants officers’ work to ensure that the program is implemented in accordance with the program guidelines and established standards and methodology for granting.
  • Ensure updates to available program and processes are shared with grants officers and support implementation of the changes.
  • Provide training and orientation as required ensuring that the team is current with program guidelines and processes.
  • Monitor team’s progress, including addressing questions and identifying and resolving issues.
  • Assign and re-assign files and work to grants officers to ensure a balanced workload across the team.

Responsibility 3: Continuous improvement

  • Contribute to the documentation of program practices, internal tools, and resources.
  • Provide regular input and ideas that will contribute to continuous improvement of program processes.
  • Gather program and/or project feedback and analyze information that will contribute to further developing grant methodology and tools.

What we are looking for:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in social sciences, community development, human services, or related discipline from a recognized academic institution.
  • A minimum of 5-8 years of job-related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 4-5 years’ experience leading and managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience in non-profit grants administration and monitoring of grant programs and projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing funding plans with respect to regulations and guidelines.
  • Experience in grants administration as funding organization is an asset.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the not-for-profit sector.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, interpret, and apply program guidelines.
  • Ability to explain policies and procedures/rules and regulations in a clear and non-threatening manner.
  • Strong PMER knowledge and experience.
  • Knowledge of results-based management approaches is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to read, write and deliver services in English and French; additional languages are an asset.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills to facilitate relationship building within and across teams and colleagues remotely.
  • Strong people management and teambuilding skills (ability to mentor, motivate, support and lead teams)
  • Experience working in high pressure situations with short timelines.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and virtual meeting software; knowledge of grant management software an asset.

Working conditions

  • The work will be performed remotely from home.
  • If driving for CRC business; a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory drivers’ abstract will be required.
  • Eligibility to work in Canada: At this time, we welcome applications from candidates eligible to work in Canada. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, we encourage you to carefully review your visa to find out whether you are eligible to work in the job you are considering applying for. Refer to our FAQ for more information.
  • If you are selected for this role, you will be required to complete a successful pre-employment screening process which includes a satisfactory Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC).
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for this position and operation (the CRC will however adhere to its duty to accommodate those who are unable to be fully vaccinated for a reason related to a human right protected ground).

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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