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Grants Specialist (Full Time)
Under the supervision of the Director for CCHD, the Grants Specialist works with Diocesan Directors and staff of community-based projects to carry out the Church’s option for the poor by promoting and supporting community-controlled, self-help anti-poverty organizations and projects within a geographic region of the country. The Specialist serves as a member of a team within CCHD and the Department of Human Development, Justice, and Peace and collaborates with other HDJP staff to bring the experience of the CCHD-funded groups to the development of policy and advocacy to effect social change and the elimination of poverty. Assists in promoting and implementing the bishops’ strategic plan for the Conference and demonstrates shared effectiveness in all work interactions.
Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree desirable. Major Field/Specialty: Liberal Arts, Theology, Social Work
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Serves as a principal resource person for CCHD Diocesan Directors within a specified region of the country and represents the HDJP Department to the particular group of local CCHD directors.
2. Reviews, analyzes and evaluates proposals seeking CCHD funding for community organizing and economic development projects submitted by organized groups of poor and low income persons.
3. Monitors grants approved for projects in collaboration with local diocesan directors; conducts periodic on-site visits to funded projects, as needed and in the light of available resources.
4. Provides technical assistance to Diocesan Directors, funded groups and pre-applicant projects.
5. Provides outreach to dioceses to build and maintain relationships between various CCHD constituencies, grantees and other philanthropic organizations focused on issues and concerns of low-income communities.
6. Collaborates with other staff within the HDJP Department and other USCCB departments to integrate policies affecting poor and low income persons/communities with CCHD funding resources, and on other relevant joint projects.
7. Keeps current with literature, related information, and skills needed to strengthen performance in carrying out position responsibilities.
8. Undertakes other activities as requested to advance the USCCB mission, the Department’s work, the bishops’ priorities and the ongoing re-organization of the Conference.
Other Specialized Training: (i.e., word processing, personal computer, knowledge of
the Catholic Church, etc.)
Number of Years Required: Five years of related experience