Financial and Purchasing Management Careers | Grants Manager / Administrator

Grants Manager / Administrator

Career Area: Business Management and Operations

Occupation Group: Fundraising and Grants

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Grants Manager / Administrator earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $55,761

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $58,841

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works for an organization to identify sources for grant funding and manage grant reporting. Researches funding sources, writes grant applications, monitors the work being done with grant funding, and prepares reports for funders. Works for a non-profit or community based organization, or a college, university or health care organization that relies on grant funding to support research or develop new programs.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina155+13.1%
Nationwide4558+10.3%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Grants Manager / Administrator is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Grant Writing: Grant writing refers to the practice of completing an application process for funding provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation or trust.
  • Accounting: Experience maintaining and verifying the business records of a person or business and preparing forms and reports for financial purposes.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Staff Management: Working experience with the management of subordinates in an organization.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Grants Manager / Administrator that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Budget Preparation: Working experience preparing budgets for organizations. These serve as a method of comparison when evaluating their actual results over a specified period of time.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years30%
3 to 5 years56%
6 to 8 years9%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Grants Administrator
  • Grants Management Specialist
  • Grant Manager
  • Grant Specialist
  • Revenue Administration Manager For Grants

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