Grant Management Support Specialist (Contractor) - #7928865

Dept of Children and Families

Date: May 2, 2021
City: Boston, MA
Salary: $35 / hour
Contract type: Part time
Dept of Children and Families

The Grant Management Support Specialist will support the ongoing operations of the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) grant within the Department including the coordination and compilation of required reports as assigned; facilitation of the federally required CJA Task Force meetings and activities; and related administrative activities. This individual will work directly for the Children’s Justice Act Grants Manager, with informal working relationships with other DCF staff when they are working on federal grant activities. The CJA program is a federally funded program that focuses on improvements to the investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim

This part-time position is federally funded. The position requires flexible working hours. Weekly hours may vary depending upon project deliverables and report deadlines. Total hours worked cannot exceed 975 hours in a state fiscal year.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Review CJA Program Instructions issued by the federal oversight agency, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to ensure the Department maintains compliance with all federal program requirements and communicate change in requirements and any compliance concerns to the Grants Manager.

  • Prepare for DCF management review and approval the Annual CJA report and the Three-Year CJA Annual Assessment; and provide content to DCF staff specific to the CJA Grant for the Federally required Annual Progress and Service Report (APSR), a compilation of federal grants reporting.

  • Support other CJA activities including sub-grantee reporting and procurements as appropriate.

  • Support the CJA Task Force and its members providing administrative support, facilitation services, consultation/guidance, research services and other tasks as requested by the CJA Grants Manager.

  • Be an active participant in the CJA Task Force; recruit new members as needed, maintaining the multi-disciplinary array of skills and experiences required of members by the grant.

  • With the CJA Grants Manager, bring the Statewide Child Fatality Review Team’s recommendations to the Department’s senior leadership for consideration; and participate in drafting the Department’s response to these recommendations

  • Review other federal grant reports, including but not limited to Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA’s) Citizen Review Panels’ reports as requested

  • Provide support as requested to the ongoing operations of the federal CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) program.

  • Schedule, attend in-person or virtual meetings or conferences as requested related to CJA; provide updates to CJA Grants Manager and follow-up on any outstanding tasks or requests for documents as directed by the CJA Grants Manager.

  • Other duties as assigned by the CJA Grants Manager.

Preferred Qualifications-Knowledge:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the MA DCF, its mission, array of services, and populations served.

  • Knowledge and experience relating to the criminal justice system, issues of child physical abuse, child neglect, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and/or child maltreatment.

  • Experience with federal grant writing and reporting and ability to produce timely, professional reports.

  • Knowledge of tools, such as Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, and Outlook calendar.

Preferred Qualifications-Skills:

  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail in preparing or reviewing documents and reports

  • Show strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to provide clear, concise communication involving complex issues.

  • Demonstrate strong time-management and organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and competing interests, work under time constraints to meet simultaneous priority deadlines, and work collaboratively with colleagues to meet shared goals.

  • Discretion when handling confidential information

  • Proven ability to think and work independently.

  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships in order to work collaboratively with agency staff and external stakeholders.

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree required with a major in a human service-related field preferred (social work, psychology, sociology, human services, criminal justice or other related field)

Agency Mission:

The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated professionals who are committed to upholding the Department’s fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. The Department’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth’s children by: stabilizing and preserving families; reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.

  • Please ensure that you attach a cover letter and resume with your application submission to the requisition.

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on "Information for Job Applicants."

As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

  • Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2


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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title
: Program Coordinators

Primary Location
: United States-Massachusetts-600 Washington Street

: Contractor

: Department of Children & Families

: Part-time

: Day

Job Posting
: Apr 30, 2021, 7:55:02 AM

Number of Openings
: 1

: 35.00 - 50.00 Hourly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator
: Diane Chang - 617-748-2104

Bargaining Unit
: Non

: No

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