Senior Grants Manager

at Common Goal
Published May 28, 2024
Location Berlin, Germany
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


As our Senior Grants Manager, you will oversee the grant management processes at Common Goal in line with our strategic objectives. This includes the internal Common Goal funding cycle that distributes the 1% contributions made by Common Goal members as well as additional grant processes coordinated by Common Goal in collaboration with external partners. Responsibilities range from call for proposal preparations, application evaluations to contract management, project management and impact reporting. As a cross-functional position, you will be part of the Community team and work at the intersection of our Community, Impact, Fundraising, and Finance & Admin teams.

Beyond strong communication and coordination skills with colleagues, international organisations and funding partners, we are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about developing and improving all processes linked to grant management and programme coordination, establishing standards and guidelines, and using clever technology solutions. A very high attention to detail and proven experience in grant management are crucial for the success of the position.

This position will be based in our HQ in Berlin.

Your Responsibilities

Common Goal’s 1% Funding Stream

Provide funding recommendations to donors from the professional football industry based on preferences provided and the strategic direction of the movement
Coordinate the distribution of funds to Common Goal Community member organisations, including the necessary contracting and financial transfer processes in coordination with our partners Transnational Giving Network and our Finance department
Monitor organisations funded by Common Goal to ensure compliance with grant guidelines
Oversee the financial administration and reporting processes, including defining reporting timelines and templates, reviewing financial reports received, and coordinating impact reporting with the quality management and brand & advocacy teams
Manage communications with Common Goal Community member organisations on the grant cycles to ensure transparent information sharing with the entire community of organisations
Oversee the implementation of technology and enhanced processes to increase the efficiency of our grant management and funding procedures
Additional Call for Proposal Processes:

Define and manage emergency or topic specific grant processes or call for proposal processes coordinated for partners within and beyond the football industry
Coordinate and train external experts for the implementation of call for proposal processes, specifically for evaluation and reporting processes
Your Profile

You have minimum 5 years of professional work experience in grant management or similar, relevant areas in an international context
You have strong project management and coordination skills
You have a drive for process improvement and automation, as well as hands-on experience with technology solutions around grant management
You have experience with contract management and impact reporting
You possess an analytical mindset and high attention to detail
You are a strong communicator, have high ethical standards and are experienced in interacting with a diverse group of partners and individuals
You are fluent in English (minimum C2 level) and independent in Spanish (minimum B2 level
You are a great listener and team player who enjoys taking responsibility and working in a diverse, culturally rich and inclusive workplace
You possess strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and multitask

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