Senior Grants Specialist

Macfadden, Now Part of PAE

About the organization

Macfadden is now part of PAE. Founded over 30 years ago, Macfadden has provided federal agencies with critical on-the-ground support to U.S. government humanitarian missions around the world as well as financial and IT system support. Through program management, human resources services, financial management systems support, information technology solutions, knowledge management, travel coordination and communications support, Macfadden enables effective U.S. government humanitarian response to international disasters. Macfadden’s workforce includes approximately 300 employees primarily located in the Washington, D.C. area.


Job Description
The Senior Grants Specialist will negotiate and prepare all pertinent documentation for new grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, awards to public international organizations, and all amendments/ modifications thereto, and supporting documentation such as waivers and memoranda of negotiation. This individual will ensure package of documents is complete for the approval and signature of the Agreement Officer. The Senior Grant Specialist will explain the legal requirements, policies and regulations, negotiation terms and grant procedures to U.S. and non-U.S. organizations interested in applying for grants. The individual will work with client to develop grant funding opportunities and post them on and advise client’s technical review committee on grants and budget issues. The Senior Grant Specialist must continuously review and update his/her knowledge of the professional field of procurement, especially in terms of the frequently changing Federal and Agency-specific rules, regulations and policies governing assistance instruments. In addition, the Senior Grant Specialist must be familiar with the technical aspects of the portfolios that he/she supports to permit full and active participation as a representative of the OFDA Team and the Grants Unit.

This position supports the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance’s (DCHA), OFDA.



Bachelor’s degree with 15 years of relevant experience; or
MS/MA/MB with 12 years of relevant experience; or
JD/ABD with 10 years of relevant experience; or
Ph.D. with 8 years of relevant experience; or
Less than BS/BA with 20 years of relevant experience
Professional certification in grants management and/or completion of the Grants Management Certificate Program is desired.


Experience in the fields of acquisition and assistance/grants and/or financial analysis, law, accounting/auditing, systems or business analysis. (See “Education” section for number of years of required experience.).
Experience working with USAID funded awards desired.
Experience working with federal awarding agencies and/or international non-governmental organizations.
Experience in managing, negotiating and resolving highly complex tasks, awards and award-related issues in an effective manner.
Experience in professional/customer service delivery.
Experience in writing and editing office communication products and/or professional materials and conducting presentation.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored clearance.

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