The Ideal Candidate

EF China seeks a grants management professional who leads with a deep understanding of grants and contracting policies, systems, and processes, and brings past experience working with finance professionals to effectively oversee strategic finance initiatives. Candidates must have a practical understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how public charities are regulated in the United States – particularly grant-making and grant-receiving organizations – and be able to incorporate these regulations into EF China’s operations as an intermediary foundation.

The ideal candidate is a self-driven individual who excels at delivering on strategic and tactical levels, while demonstrating the agility to seamlessly navigate substantial change. Leading through influence and with a client-service orientation, this individual will thrive in an autonomous role in a cross-cultural environment, bringing the emotional intelligence and cultural humility to skillfully collaborate across offices to achieve constructive solutions. A proactive leader, this individual will demonstrate the capacity to apply a systems level, holistic viewpoint to institute changes and refinements that support increased organizational efficiency and success across a myriad of teams, systems, and objectives.

The incoming Director will have the intellectual drive to build and streamline a dynamic Grants Management and Finance team in support of broader organizational goals. As such, strong analytical prowess is essential. Decisions and recommendations must be based on concrete data and rigorous analysis. Successful candidates will have a proven track record of designing, planning, and implementing process improvement initiatives, along with a collaborative approach to problem-solving and process design. Paired with an analytical mindset, the ideal candidate will bring a natural proclivity for training and educating colleagues on both the technical and contextual aspects of grants management processes and requirements. In doing so, the selected candidate will possess the communication skills to successfully translate complex and nuanced content into relatable and digestible messaging. The goals of such trainings include ensuring alignment, garnering buy-in, and building grants management capacity amongst the Beijing Program team.

While Mandarin language skills and an understanding of Chinese culture are preferred but not required, experience working internationally or in cross-cultural contexts is essential due to the close collaboration between the Director and colleagues in Beijing. Given the remote nature of the role, this individual will need to be highly comfortable working across time zones and managing work streams accordingly.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of grants management experience within a grantmaking institution. Strong understanding of data systems and business processes related to grantmaking is essential. Familiarity with grants and funder-related finance reporting and budgeting is necessary. Experience conducting business across cultures is required.

The Director of Grants Management and Finance will be located in the EFUS San Francisco office. This position requires occasional international travel and the ability to flex hours to work across time zones.