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Senior Grants Manager Food Policy
at Vital Strategies


Location: New York City preferred (Washington DC possible)

Summary of the Position

The Senior Grants Manager, Food Policy Program is responsible for all financial and compliance aspects—including new, renewal and extension grants—for the organization’s global Food Policy Program. Grants are issued to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, universities, and agencies and include technical and programmatic support and assistance from Vital Strategies. Food Policy Program Grantees are currently based in Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica and South Africa.


Working closely with programs, legal, finance, HR and other key partners, the Senior Grants Manager will provide effective and efficient grants management throughout the grant lifecycle by maintaining compliance with organizational regulations and requirements; ensuring grant timelines are met; monitoring grantee financial compliance; and providing budgetary feedback to grantees. The position requires regular communication with Vital Strategies’ program and operations staff and grantees, and close coordination of grantee activities with the overall strategic plan and the Program objectives.


This is a full-time position preferably based out of our New York City office location, where a hybrid office schedule is in place (at least two days per week in the office). The salary range for this position is $110,000-$120,000USD with comprehensive benefits. The candidate must have eligibility to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Roles and Responsibilities

Grants Management

  • Manage financial aspects of grant negotiations and submission processes and serve as the point person for new and renewal grants, in addition to grant extensions.

  • Lead in drafting sub-grant agreements and modifications, memos, and guidance documents, acting as a finance and compliance resource to staff, vendors, and consultants on issues pertaining to sub-grants. 

  • Provide ongoing grant monitoring and financial support to program team and grantees to ensure consistent progress, grant processing, and reporting.

  • Provide accurate, timely grants summary and analysis reports, responses to inquiries, and grant histories according to reporting schedules and upon request.

  • Maintenance of master data as it relates to sub-grants and regular maintenance of electronic sub-grant files Grant Management

  • Identify and organize tailored capacity building, financial grant management technical assistance, and budget training for grantees.

  • Conduct grantee site visits to provide grant management and reporting guidance, in addition to monitoring for financial compliance.


Compliance and Financial Management

  • Work closely with Finance to establish and maintain internal controls that ensure compliance with all 501(c)(4) spending and reporting requirements.

  • Partner with in-house counsel to ensure all sub-grant agreement templates and letters of commitment are current with respect to 501(c)(4) and donor compliance requirements.

  • Manage day-to-day processing of payments for the Program, ensuring 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) expenses are being correctly recorded and reported.

  • Ensure purchase orders are created in NetSuite and all invoices are paid against supporting documents and purchase orders, including price quotes, and other requirements.

  • Prepare program financial reports and analysis.



  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, public health, finance, accounting or other relevant field; or equivalent work-related experience.


  • At least eight (8) years of relevant grants management experience working in an international organization (preferably public health programs) or working on public health advocacy campaigns

  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting and finance.

  • Demonstrated experience with drafting contracts, memos, sub-grant agreements, and other related documents

  • Experience working with 501(c)(4) organization is preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proven knowledge of international accounting and financial reviewing/auditing standards.

  • Excellent computer literacy, particularly in Microsoft Excel and accounting systems, is required.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and in cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines.

  • Demonstrated attention to detail.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an appreciation of and sensitivity to diverse populations and cultures.

  • Knowledge of languages other than English, Spanish preferred.


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Ability to travel internationally 20% of time.

About Vital Strategies:

Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury, and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision-making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies, and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, tobacco control, road safety, overdose prevention, obesity prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building, and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific.


Please visit our website at to find out more about our work.


We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make our work and workforce more inclusive. We encourage people of all racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender expressions to apply. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment. People of color, women, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, people who use drugs or are in recovery, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.

Read about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Vital Strategies:

Vital Strategies is committed to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protecting the safety of our employees. All U.S. employees will be required to be fully vaccinated unless the employee is approved for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious reason.


HOW TO APPLY:  Please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject title ““Vital Strategies Sr Grants Manager Food Policy”

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