Sisitsky Administration Wants New City of Framingham Grant Manager Position

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FRAMINGHAM – The Sisitsky administration is seeking approval from the 11-member Framingham City Council to create a grant manager position.

If approved by the legislative branch of government, the individual would “apply strategic methods in enhancing funding models, identifying new sources of funding, and developing sustainable and effective grants programs. Responsibilities include managing overall grant efforts, documenting payments and expenditure, optimizing the grant administration process, preparing progress reports, ensuring compliance with grant regulations, reviewing grant proposals, managing grant databases, engaging with outside agencies, and educating staff on policies and preparing financial reports.”

The position will “This position will “aid our organization in serving the public by securing continuous funding, improving business opportunities through effective funding programs, and executing meaningful projects.”

“The grants manager is responsible for developing and sustaining relationships to ensure grant programs operate proficiently,” and would report to the Mayor, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Fianncial Officer.

The position would be a S1 level, which is roughly $95,000-plus.

The City Council is expected to discussion the position at its December 6 meeting.

The City’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Tusino said the position should pay for itself.

“Historically, the City has done a good job obtaining grants, however more attention is needed in management, coordination, and execution of these grants,” wrote Tusino to the City Council. “This position will be funded through grants received.”

“This position will manage programs and funds received from opioid settlements award to the city,” added Tusino.

The job description includes

  • Serve as a liaison with principals and other departments on issues regarding grants.
  • Ensure compliance with the rules and regulations administered by the grantor; oversee special audits conducted by grantor.
  • Research funding opportunities.
  • Monitor interventions and programs funded by grants to ensure compliance with grantor guidelines.
  • Optimizing the grant administration process.
  • Oversee the preparation and timely submission of grant applications, application amendments, and budget transfers.
  • Develop grant-based opportunities with appropriate internal departments and teams, and coordinate project plans to ensure adequate reporting and compliance per funder guidelines.
  • Cultivate, manage, and maintain relationships with organizational funders and stakeholders through targeted and strategic outreach, interpretation, and stewardship.

  • Track and monitor annual revenue goals for grants to provide financial updates and recommendations for annual budget development.
  • Monitor application and reporting timelines and communicate them interdepartmentally to ensure funder deadlines and requirements are met.
  • . Manage progress of grant-funded programs and broker communication between funders and City departments.
  • Work with City departments to ensure they are informed of the requirements of grant contracts and assist in advising on how best to navigate any necessary changes through communication with funders.
  • Assist with grant proposals, letters of interest/inquiry, concept papers, and related materials for proposal submissions that align with funding requirements.
  • Manage funds received from Opioid settlements and assist in city departments in program development.

If approved, the job description would request applicants “Education and Experience: “Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or a related field; minimum of five to seven (5-7) year’s administrative experience. Will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications.”

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