LifeWorks Austin
  • Grants & Contracts
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

LifeWorks is looking for a Director of Grants and Contracts to ensure that LifeWorks managers, program staff, and finance team understand and adhere to the requirements of the various state and federal entities who fund our services.  

The Director of Grants and Contracts Compliance will launch new governmental contracts, complete documentation necessary for contract management and renewal, and oversee contract close-out. They will also coordinate the submission of performance reports, ensure funds are spent according to funder requirements, communicate relevant rules, regulations, and contract requirements to managers, and liaise with program staff and external auditors.

Experience writing continuation applications and report narratives, researching data on compliance topic areas, supporting programs that providing housing and other services to youth, navigating compliance with state and federal funder requirements, and providing oversight in the development and management of complex budgets would help ensure success in this role. Comfort working as part of cross-sectional teams, in an environment that changes frequently in response to new initiatives, is essential.  

Our ideal candidate is flexible, well organized and detail oriented, a team player with excellent communication, initiative, tenacity, resourcefulness and follow through, and a creative and critical thinker who enjoys a challenge.


  • Manages the Department of Grants and Contracts Compliance, including staff hiring and supervision, budget oversight, and development, documentation and implementation of G&C Compliance Department procedures.
  • Interprets and communicates contract regulations and guidelines and coordinates execution of duties with staff.
  • Develops and implements system for recording compliance information related to agency contracts, disseminating to program staff at initiation of new contract year, and monitoring and communicating changes as they occur.
  • Establishes systems and schedules for conducting internal programmatic reviews of activities and documentation to ensure compliance.
  • Provides direct oversight and management of multiple local, state and federal governmental contracts.
  • Negotiates awards, no-cost extensions, carry-over of funds, changes in key personnel, and other project modifications.
  • Prepares and submits continuation grant funding applications, including project narratives and budget, to LifeWorks' public funding sources.
  • Assists program managers in contract maintenance activities including account set-up, monitoring budget and expenditures, budget revision and close-out of accounts; develops and reviews contract budgets and budget amendments in accordance with grant and contract guidelines.
  • Develops and maintains subrecipient agreements as needed. Coordinates with Program Directors and Finance staff in programmatic and financial audits of subrecipients on an annual basis, monitors performance, and outlines corrective action plans when necessary to ensure compliance with funder requirements.
  • Provides guidance to management and staff in determining allowable expenditures as necessary.
  • Coordinates communication between stakeholders throughout grant cycle to ensure quality and accountability.
  • Works with program managers and Finance department to ensure the timely and accurate submission of required reports.
  • Coordinates with appropriate staff to ensure that information and documentation is provided as requested during contract audits, desk reviews, site visits and other monitoring activities, and that appropriate action is taken in response to audit findings.
  • Participates in long and short-term planning of Department goals and objectives.



  • Requires a Bachelor's degree behavior or social sciences, finance, business, or related administrative field; and
  • Requires 7+ years of relevant experience; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Preferred experience with the management of federal contract requirements for services funded through HUD (e.g. rapid re-housing, transitional housing).
  • Preferred experience with federal (HHS/RHY) and state (DFPS, TDHCA) agencies that provide funding to support youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Preferred experience with key LifeWorks issue areas, such as poverty, homelessness, mental health, education, prevention, and workforce development.
  • Preferred experience working a human services non-profit, either in direct service or administration.
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