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Director of Grants, Contracts & Compliance


Position Summary: The Director of Grants, Contracts, and Compliance is part of a dynamic senior management team devoted to providing a wide range of support services to Maryland Legal Aid’s advocacy efforts. The primary responsibilities of this position include the preparation and submission of proposals for grants and contracts and overseeing compliance with requirements of those grants and contracts; the development of new funding opportunities and maintenance of current sources; the conducting of periodic audits of Maryland Legal Aid’s grants and contracts; the management and assessment of grant-related data with a view toward enhancing program performance; and supervision of assigned staff.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Work with Executive and other senior staff to set funding priorities; 2. Oversee the work of a team of professional and administrative staff dedicated to the work of the Grants, Contracts, and Compliance office; 3. Consult with advocacy and other staff to identify and pursue program-related funding opportunities from government entities, foundations, and other institutional sources; 4. In collaboration with Executive staff, cultivate potential funders and maintain relationships with current funders; 5. Prepare and submit written proposals for grants and contracts; 6. Ensure compliance with all grant and contract requirements, including qualitative and quantitative reporting of staff activity and billing, and with the laws, regulations and program requirements governing such grants and contracts; 7. Provide training to staff and Maryland Legal Aid’s Board of Directors on compliance issues in consultation with advocacy and operations staff; 8. Coordinate responses to programmatic audits and assessments of Maryland Legal Aid’s work to evaluate performance and adherence to funding requirements; 9. Develop and implement periodic internal audits of Maryland Legal Aid’s work to ensure compliance with grants and contracts and other funding source requirements; 10. Manage and assess grant-related data for use in program development, fundraising, and other organizational activities; 11. Work closely with Maryland Legal Aid’s Finance Unit to prepare and monitor budgets for grants/contracts and collect supporting documentation for processing of invoices; 12. Initiate and maintain positive working relationships with external entities that may influence funding opportunities; 13. Make presentations to Maryland Legal Aid’s Board of Directors and staff about funding initiatives and compliance issues; and 14. Such other duties as assigned.

Maryland Legal Aid offers a competitive salary based on experience and education. Exceptional employment benefits include generous leave, health insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan that includes an employer-based contribution and match.

About Maryland Legal Aid Founded in 1911, Maryland Legal Aid is a private, non-profit, law firm providing free, civil legal services to low-income persons and vulnerable communities from 12 full-service offices throughout the State. Maryland Legal Aid’s largest office and administrative headquarters is in Baltimore City. Additional offices are located in Annapolis, Bel Air, Cumberland, Easton, Frederick, Hughesville, Landover, Rockville, Salisbury, and Towson. A dedicated staff of more than 250 employees including attorneys, paralegals, and administrative and support staff provide legal assistance that directly addresses the most basic and essential needs of individuals and families. An estimated 100,000 people are served annually. With a 2019 operating budget of approximately $26 million, Maryland Legal Aid is funded through a variety of sources including federal, state, and local governments, foundations, law firms, corporations, United Way, and private individuals. More than 95% of Maryland Legal Aid’s funding comes from governmental and foundation sources. 


Minimum Qualifications: 1. B.A. or B.S. degree in a related field; 2. Familiarity and facility with use of relevant computer systems and applications, including Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Experience with case management systems a plus; 3. Excellent organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to oversee a variety of projects with competing deadlines; 4. Outstanding interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills, both verbal and written; 5. At least five years of relevant experience in non-profit management, legal services, grants management, and/or grant compliance; 6. Demonstrated success in identifying, securing and maintaining significant funding for a non-profit entity; 7. Experience in both supervising staff and working collaboratively; and 8. A commitment to working in a mission-driven organization dedicated to helping low-income people. 

To Apply: 

Anyone interested in applying must send an updated resumé and cover letter to Gustava E. Taler, Chief Operating Officer. Apply online at or copy this URL

Maryland Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.



Submission Deadline: 
April 22, 2019
Organization Information: 
Maryland Legal Aid
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States