Senior Manager: Grants, Contracts & Procurement

Job Category: Employing


SAMU is seeking a Senior Manager for Grants, Contracts & Procurement to serve as the in-house expert on grants, contracts, procurement, and compliance with award provisions. The ideal candidate possesses expert knowledge in federal, state, and private donor rules and regulations, with a strong emphasis on US government funding. Extensive experience with U.S. government procurement is required as is the ability to build strong working relationships with SAMU staff, partners, sub-recipients, and auditors.

The Senior Manager’s primary role is to oversee and provide expert guidance to the team on procurement processes, subawards, contracts, and grants.


  • Provide contractual oversight of SAMU’s project/program award portfolio.
  • Provide regulatory guidance on and throughout the lifetime of awards.
  • Develop and improve procurement, grants, contracts, and administration processes, tools, and templates to support program compliance with funder rules and regulations;
  • Oversee the submission of any required and/or regulatory reporting.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to enable program staff to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations.
  • Liaises with SAMU financial, admin and compliance, and other operations teams.
  • Provides procurement, compliance, and other training and capacity building to the SAMU team.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Stay apprised of relevant changes in rules and regulations and communicate updates to leadership and management team.
  • Develop and understand the industry best practices for award administration and implement these best practices across all awards.
  • Plan and manage staff support for internal and external audits as requested.
  • Cultivate and collaborate with cross-functional teams.
  • Participate in companywide strategic and business development initiatives as assigned.
  • Supervise manager(s) and junior staff, as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of related experience with procurement and the administration of USG and non-USG awards (both grants and contracts), with demonstrated knowledge and ability to interpret, apply and advise regarding USG regulations under FAR/AIDAR, CFRs, COMAR, OMB Circulars, and donor regulations.
  • Project Management or program implementation experience required.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Proven effective and efficient leadership and management skills in a diverse, multi-national and multilingual work environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure and maintain attention to details.
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively cross-functionally and cross-culturally at all levels in the organization.
  • Experience in content development, training delivery, and facilitation is strongly preferred.
  • Alignment with SAMU’s core values.
  • Execution-focused, with proven ability to drive processes to completion and produce results.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing, including ability to communicate effectively with executive leadership.
  • Technologically savvy including experience with: Sharepoint, Microsoft Excel, Word and other MS Office applications.
  • Fluency in English is required, with a second language (Spanish, French or Portuguese) preferred.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. and able to pass required background checks and health screenings (drugs, alcohol, TB).
  • Must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to work in-person within the DMV area, with occasional travel/accompaniment to other locations.

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