The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines federal grants management as work that "involves implementing and managing federal grants and cooperative agreements and providing grants-related assistance and services."
To prepare employees and prospective employees for grant-related career paths, the federal government has developed a range of tools and assets. If you are considering a career in federal grants management, or if you are hoping to add related skillsets to your resume, we encourage you to consult the following resources after familiarizing yourself with the Grants 101 section of the Grants Learning Center:
OPM’s position flysheet for grants management contains example tasks, including administering grants, designing grant policy, and serving as liaison between the government and external parties.
The Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council identified functional competencies that are standard performance requirements for individuals working in federal financial assistance management.
Additional Resources to Help Your Grant Career
Grants Management Online Training Course: The CFO Council has developed an online course for government employees and grant professionals hoping to work in federal financial assistance management.
Module 1 – Laws, Regulations, and Guidance
Module 2 – Financial Assistance Mechanisms
Module 3 – Uniform Guidance Administrative Requirements
Module 4 – Cost Principles
Module 5 – Risk Management and Single Audit
Financial Assistance Management Career Roadmap: This interactive resource from the CFO Council supports the grants management workforce to identify and learn about key competencies to continue their professional development.
Federal Financial Management Career Roadmap: This interactive resource was developed by the CFO Council to support the professional development of federal financial management professionals.