Social Solutions

Contracts & Grants Director-ACES

Job Locations US-Washington, D.C.
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Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a Hispanic and woman-owned business emphasizing quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.

Overview of the Position

Social Solutions is seeking a Contracts & Grants Director for the anticipated Acceleration and Competitions Execution Support (ACES) USAID-funded contract. ACES will help USAID’s Missions, Bureaus, and Operating Units (OUs) to effectively implement innovative program design; Grand Challenges for Development, challenges, and prizes; and support the scaling of proven innovative solutions. The Director will ensure that all financial and administrative aspects of contract and grant management are completed in full compliance with Social Solutions and USAID requirements.


The Contract & Grants Director will partner closely with program staff to ensure creative, thoughtful, and innovative approaches to award monitoring and compliance, contract procurement, and subcontract and sub-grant management.


This position is contingent upon award.


  • Oversee financial administration and reporting including: preparation and timely submission of contractor reports, development and adjustment of associated budgets, and coordination of budgeted funds;
  • Provide contractual/regulatory guidance and ensure contracts compliance in accordance with terms and conditions of the contract;
  • Ensure successful grant administration, with responsibilities ranging from establishing grantmaking policies and procedures to soliciting, awarding, and managing grants, including capacity building support to grant recipients and monitoring performance;
  • Manage overall contract administration, compliance and implementation procedures, and ensure compliance with USAID and Social Solutions procurement regulations;
  • Assist program staff on the applicable regulations governing their work;
  • In collaboration with finance staff, supports project financial reviews and analyzes and troubleshoots financial issues. Ensures the accuracy of project finance transactions and monthly project invoices. Reviews and approves office payments (e.g., timesheets, expense reports, vendor invoices, etc.).


  • Master’s degree and at least 10 years of relevant experience managing U.S. government funded contract and grants. Experience managing grants under contract (GUC) strongly preferred;
  • Experience in senior management of large, ($100 million+) complex USAID contracts and knowledge of other international funders such as the Gates Foundation, World Bank, or DFID would be an asset;
  • Familiarity with flexible grants payment mechanisms and/or prized competitions;
  • Deep knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and ADS 303;
  • Experience developing and implementing financial systems and processes including strong organizational skills to ensure documentation is filed professionally and accurately for internal and external audit;
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal and communication skills who takes initiative and leadership.

Equal Employer

Social Solutions International offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at


Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.


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