Grants Officer

Company: ECDI - Economic and Community Development Institute

Location: Columbus, OH

Job Function: Business Development


ECDI is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to serving underserved and underbanked small business owners. Our goal is to assure that every entrepreneur – regardless of where they came from, where they live, their gender or their race – has access to funding and the business mentoring services they need to succeed.

We’re based in Columbus, with offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Portsmouth, and Toledo. For small business clients in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, we serve a one-stop resource center.

Our Recruiting Process:

  • 20-minute call with recruiter
  • 60-minute video call with panel interview
  • Job offer

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. We are committed to attracting and retaining diverse talent while providing learning and professional advancement opportunities for our employees. We strive to advance our mission and bring equitable opportunity to all those we serve and employ.

The Economic and Community Development Institute is an Affirmative Action Employer and members of underrepresented communities and demographics are particularly encouraged to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ and people with disabilities.


The Grants Officer will work with Development leadership to develop and implement ECDI’s development and fundraising strategies and ensure the successful implementation of grant-funded projects. They will assist with the development of grant, program, and department-level budget justifications in collaboration with Development and Fiscal team members, and draft grant and program reports for internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, the Grants Officer will advise staff on funding restrictions, and monitor grants for compliance and alignment with best practice and organizational strategic goals. They will also assist with producing and submitting reports to external stakeholders on a period basis, and assist with program and organizational audits as needed.

This position is a hybrid role with required time spent in-office, according to manager direction and business need.

The starting annual salary range for this position is $53,000-$64,000. Candidates for this position must be located in the Central Ohio Area.


Grants Responsibilities:

  • Work with Development team members to develop grant budgets and narrative justifications to accompany grant proposals.
  • Create and maintain consolidated program/department budgets.
  • Train and provide ongoing advising to staff on grant requirements and deliverables.
  • Co-lead quarterly grant program monitoring and hand-off meetings.
  • Revise funding and program budgets and prepare budget revision requests.
  • Monitor and advise Fiscal on updates about grant funding allocations available for staff time reporting.
  • Prepare and analyze monthly grant expenditure reports and provide feedback, corrections, and problem-solving solutions.
  • Monitor grant spending and collaborate with program managers by making recommendations to ensure timely and appropriate expenditure of grant funds.
  • Request invoices from Fiscal to support grant spending details.
  • Monitor accounts receivable and follow up with funders as assigned.
  • Maintain schedule of external grant reporting deliverables and assign tasks to appropriate staff.
  • Produce and submit reports to funders.
  • Support Development and Fiscal teams on all grantor and funder audits.
  • Advise and answer questions for program staff on billing and coding items.
  • Advise and confirm Fiscal set-up of new grants.
  • Review grant contracts and advise Fiscal and program staff of requirements.
  • Assist in the development of grants management policies and procedures.
  • Assist with database maintenance for the management of funder and prospect records.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate files, documents, and profiles for necessary paper files and in appropriate tracking systems.
  • Maintain a thorough working knowledge of and adhere to all ECDI policies and procedures.
  • Participate in meetings and provide suggestions for improvement for the department.
  • Perform other related activities, as required, to assure department and organizational success.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to think creatively and execute innovative ideas.
  • Success with working in a multi-ethnic environment that supports diversity.
  • Ability to forge strong connections with external agencies to achieve organizational priorities.
  • Language Skills:
    • Ability to read and interpret documents.
    • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
    • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.
  • Reasoning Ability:
    • Ability to solve practical problems.
    • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Computer Skills:
    • Experience with and knowledge of computer operation
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.).
    • Proficient understanding of database or CRM systems.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of standard office practices, procedures, equipment, and techniques.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Associates degree in accounting, finance, or business preferred AND two to three (2-3) years of experience in a similar role, OR equivalent number of years relevant work experience.
  • Successful budgetary experience in a non-profit or business.
  • Experience with creation of budgets for grant proposals preferred.
  • Experience working with federal grants and knowledge of federal regulations preferred.
  • Previous non-profit experience a plus.

Special Requirements:

  • Occasional after hours and travel required.


  • This position is a hybrid role with required time spent in-office, according to manager direction and business need.
  • Must have access to transportation in order to travel to and from the office and to trainings and offsite meetings.
  • Typically, the employee must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% or more of the time. The person in this position will occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc., and operate a computer and other office productivity machinery such as a copy machine and computer printer.
  • Positions self to move items up to 15 pounds, such as printer paper boxes across the office as needed.
  • Must avoid risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered.

Compensation and Benefits

ECDI offers a holistic benefits package that reflects how much we value our employees. Benefits include:

  • Healthcare (including qualified dependents)
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Coverage
  • Pet Benefits
  • Life Insurance, STD, LTD
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Educational assistance program
  • A generous time off package
  • Take your Birthday off – Its paid!
  • Hybrid Environment (during business hours)

ECDI is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) qualified employer.

How to Apply

Please apply directly through our website: