Grant Program Coordinator

Chicago Theological Seminary | Fully Remote,
Date posted: May 1, 2024

The Grant Program Coordinator is a flexible 20-hour-a-week, five-year, part-time position that can be fully remote with occasional travel to Texas or other locations determined necessary for grant programs. The Coordinator will report to The Director of the Doctor of Ministry in Public Ministry Program and oversee the grant management of the Building New Tables: Queering Womanist/Feminist Preaching grant, which is a partnership with Chicago Theological Seminary, The Gathering, A Womanist Church in Dallas, and Nevertheless, She Preached. Individuals who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, immigrants, or anyone who has experienced systemic oppression or gender-based discrimination are encouraged to apply.

Building New Tables: Queering Womanist/Feminist Preaching is a fully-funded, 5-year initiative that provides multiple pathways for training in dialogical preaching based on womanist, feminist, and queer wisdom, led by a collaboration between Chicago Theological Seminary; The Gathering: A Womanist Church of the Christian Church; and Nevertheless She Preached. With a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the Collaborative will design unique cohort learning experiences, introduce dialogical preaching courses into seminary education, and launch a residency program. Together, the Collaborative will articulate models for compelling preaching that counter the inadequacies and limitations of traditional proclamation while supporting and encouraging the creative hearts and minds of womanists, feminists, and queer preachers who are already thinking and working outside the box.

Building New Tables will revolutionize the homiletic form by making the preparation and delivery of sermons more dialogical and less hierarchical. It will empower current and aspiring preachers, especially marginalized individuals, with unique opportunities to embody gospel proclamation innovatively in their local contexts.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Grant Implementation:

  • Coordinate the implementation of grant-funded programs, projects, or initiatives–including conferences, retreats, cohorts, and residency programs–according to the grant agreement.
  • Work closely with program managers, project leads, participants, and vendors to develop detailed project plans and timelines.
  • Ensure that project activities align with grant objectives, timelines, and budgets.

Financial Management:

  • Collaborate with finance and accounting teams to manage grant budgets, expenditures, and financial reporting.
  • Provide regular updates on financial status and projections to relevant stakeholders.
  • Receive and organize invoices from grant partners and vendors, submitting check requests, and ensuring prompt payment.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Prepare and submit regular progress reports, financial reports, and other documentation required by the grant agreement in collaboration with three participating organizations.
  • Collect, organize, and maintain all relevant project documentation, including contracts, invoices, and correspondence with funders.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for grant-related inquiries from internal and external stakeholders.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration between project team members, partners, and funders.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with funders, vendors, and participants, ensuring clear and timely communication regarding project progress and challenges.

Project Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Develop and implement systems to monitor project progress, milestones, and outcomes.
  • Collect and analyze data to assess the effectiveness and impact of grant-funded activities.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations for adjustments to project plans as needed.

NOTE: This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Professional Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is preferred.
  • An understanding and interest in feminist, womanist, and queer theologies.
  • Proven experience in grant administration, project management, or related roles.
  • Strong understanding of grant compliance requirements and reporting processes.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build positive relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent planning, implementation, and management skills.
  • Knowledge of financial management principles and experience managing budgets.
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector or with government grants is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Ability to work in a goal-oriented environment and contribute to a team effort.
  • High energy, initiative, flexibility, and a commitment to CTS’s mission are required.
  • Critical thinker with strong analytical skills; ability to draw insight from complex data.

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Chicago Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in matters of employment

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