Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs


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College Overview

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is an award-winning, comprehensive urban college serving one of the most historic and ethnically diverse areas of the United States. HCCC students were born in 119 countries and speak 29 different languages. The diversity and the multitude of our community’s cultures, life experiences, skills and aspirations, are the very values and traits that empower us to be productive and caring members of our society.

HCCC embodies an unwavering commitment to student success and an intentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2019, the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PACDEI) was instituted to develop new levels of understanding and access and advance the College’s commitment to transparency and inclusion. We are proud of the differences we share, which are the foundation for the life changing and transformational education we offer and the social mobility we provide to the communities we serve.

HCCC has three campuses located just minutes from Manhattan: The Journal Square campus in Jersey City and North Hudson Campus in Union City are adjacent to vital transportation hubs; the Secaucus Center has abundant parking. Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the College offers courses and classes in a wide variety of disciplines to the people and businesses of Hudson County, one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the United States. The College was recently recognized with the 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Regional Equity Award, and the 2021 INSIGHT into Diversity’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. In 2016 the Gabert Library was one of three academic libraries in the United States to receive the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and in 2019 the HCCC Tutoring Center received the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for Two-Year Institutions. In 2019, the College joined Achieving the Dream, a network of high achieving community colleges, part of its expanding effort toward continuous improvement in student success.

HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education. Hudson County Community College is proud of its culture of care and invites applications from those wishing to join a community dedicated to promoting student success in all forms.


Position Summary

The Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs will lead the College's grants operation, which provides funding that drives innovation, advances strategic priorities, and impacts programs and initiatives college-wide. A collaborative and strategic leader, the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs works closely with faculty and staff to couple educational activities and strategic priorities with government agency and foundation interests, effectively communicating educational, experiential, financial, and human resource aspects of HCCC programs.

The Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs will plan, implement, evaluate and champion grant-related fundraising efforts that identify, cultivate, solicit and steward government and corporate agencies and foundations to obtain funds for institutional priorities at Hudson County Community College.

Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement and Communications, the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs leads and supports several full-time direct reports and works closely with the College’s Business Office to ensure effective management and compliance of grant funds.


Essential Responsibilities and Duties

Grant Writing, Grant Management, and Fundraising

  • Plans, researches, cultivates, develops, and writes proposals independently and collaboratively with the grants team and faculty and staff, as needed.
  • Develops, facilitates, cultivates, and stewards government and corporate agencies and private foundation relationships to maximize the opportunities for gifts and other resources, including identifying ways to partner with funders and outside organizations when appropriate to leverage financial resources and/or institutional reputation.
  • Synthesizes abstract and lengthy RFPs into two-page summaries that call the reader to action.
  • Creates all federal and state grant development and submissions in accordance with HCCC’s grants development and management standards, processes, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Supports the development and submission of legislative requests (e.g., state or federal earmarks) under the direction of the President and Cabinet.
  • Responsible for pre-award administration of federal, state, and private grants.

Strategic Planning

  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and recommends strategies to guide proposal processes from start to finish.
  • Develops and implements plans for achieving projected dollar goals for high-priority areas of the College each year in collaboration with the Vice President for Advancement and Communications.
  • Provides monthly and quarterly regular reports and other dashboards that communicate grant activities, fiscal year accomplishments against strategic goals, and the current status of grant-funded projects to the Vice President for Advancement and Communications.
  • Identifies, researches, and proactively pursues grant opportunities and prospects that match the priorities and interests of the College’s strategic priorities and programs.
  • Collaborates with Advancement staff within CRM database to build a body of research relevant to business and corporate relationships, primary contacts, and top prospects, among others, to enable better communications and outreach to these key contacts.

Team Management and Leadership

  • Coordinates and manages meetings between and among HCCC leadership with external philanthropic leaders/partners where appropriate.
  • Plays a leadership role in promoting and providing direction, training (in-person and virtual) and expanding the number of faculty and staff initiating and collaborating on the development, writing, and submission or resubmission of successful proposals and progress reports.
  • Serves on internal committees and attends meetings and represents the College externally on collaborative grant development projects when requested.

Key Competencies

  • Maintains a best practice-level understanding of local, state, and national trends and statistics related to HCCC’s strategic priorities and points of pride.
  • Performs research and maintains and analyzes background data on current and prospective grantors from various information sources including in-house records, publications, directories, online databases, and individuals.
  • Effectively manages time and resources to respond to emerging needs while continuing to deliver on organizational goals, objectives, and timelines while juggling multiple priorities and competing deadlines.



  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Management experience preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of full-time city, state, and federal grants experience or equivalent nonprofit sector business development, corporate outreach, or public relations experience.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills along with financial and data management skills including accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proven effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to conceive, develop, write and manage proposals that result in action.
  • Team-oriented, self-directed, and able to effectively manage priorities and projects with a thoughtful approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to work with a broad variety of individuals and teams, including faculty, administrators, staff, and external partners with a high degree of tact, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrable ability to take initiative, exercise judgment, prioritize, manage multiple complex projects/assignments, and set/meet deadlines with an orientation toward results.
  • High standards, integrity, adaptability, and comfort working in and thriving in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous environment.
  • Superb administrative skills. Near-expert-level facility with Microsoft 365, including the ability to create PowerPoint presentations and slide decks.
  • Routine and recent use of Salesforce/Blackbaud platforms and prospect research tools including DonorSearch, iWave, RelSci, and more.
  • Authentic passion for Hudson County Community College’s mission.



To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to foundationFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE. Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.


As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.

HCCC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment. Decisions on employment are made on the basis of the qualifications of an individual for the particular position being filled. Women, veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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