In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and housing. Since 1989, Inspiration Corporation has assisted thousands of individuals and families affected by homelessness, extreme poverty and recent incarceration each year - serving as a catalyst for self-reliance.
At Inspiration Corporation, employees live this mission by demonstrating the following Core Values. Inspiration Corporation believes that these Core Values are what makes the organization one of Chicago’s leading facilitators of personal transformation, and a great place to work:
Act with compassion
Pursue growth and learning
Take care of ourselves so we can help others
Work greater together
Create a fun and productive environment
The Government Contracts Manager is a full-time position reporting to the CFO and responsible for managing the government contracts for the agency. Currently the agency has five HUD contracts, two state contracts, and four contracts with DFSS spanning the Housing, Supportive Service, and Workforce Development departments. Government contract revenue accounts for a significant portion of the agency budget (approximately 45%, or just under two million dollars).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Exhibit professionalism and high standards in all aspects of performance.
Work with all departments as appropriate to ensure that the needs of the agency’s participants are addressed.
Attend department and agency meetings.
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
Prepare and submit government contract applications, budgets, financial reports, and budget revisions, as necessary.
Develop and maintain dashboard of grant information, activity, and expenditures.
Facilitate meetings with department directors and managers to coordinate the administration of government contracts.
Facilitate program and financial audits and prepare and organize necessary documentation. Assist with preparation of plan for corrective action, if needed.
Research HUD, IDHS, DFSS and other government agency regulation as necessary for allowable costs and compliance requirements. Summarize and disseminate this information to administrative and program staff.
Attend trainings on government contract and grant information and requirements.
Build and maintain relationships with external contacts for government contracts.
Maintain complete, accurate and uniform files commensurate to grant and year.
VOUCHERING AND BUDGETNG
Complete and submit vouchers on time, as often as the contract permits, requires, or is reasonable, and with proper backup documentation and necessary signatures.
Monitor the receipt of government funds and process accordingly within agency’s standard financial procedures.
Conduct monthly review in order to effectively manage the financial activities of each contract. Ensure that all activities fall within contract and agency guidelines and grants are being spent down appropriately.
Prepare cash flow projection of government grant income.
Maintain monthly salary and cost allocation spreadsheets and ensure timely submission of monthly time studies.
Coordinate with Chief Financial Officer and Directors to prepare government contract budgets. Prepare relevant financial reports as needed.
Coordinate with Chief Financial Officer to ensure that all government contract budgets are reflected accurately in the agency budget.
Record, manage and monitor government accounts receivable accordingly within agency’s standard financial policies.
Reconcile grant expenditures and payments in general ledger.
Assist Chief Financial Officer and Accounting Manager with various accounting/finance projects as they arise.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and/or related industry experience/training is required. Degree in finance, accounting, and/or business administration is preferred.
Minimum 2-3 years experience working with government contracts and/or grants is preferred.
Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook is required. Experience with Fund EZ or similar accounting software is preferred.
Thorough understanding of basic accounting principles and procedures is required.
Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple deadlines simultaneously is required.
TO APPLY please submit Resume and Cover Letter.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, 401k with company match, health savings account, generous PTO package and 12 paid holidays.
About Inspiration Corporation
In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation assists individuals and families affected by homelessness, extreme poverty and recent incarceration.Inspiration Corporation was founded in 1989 by Lisa Nigro, a police officer who was searching for a personal response to the people she encountered on her beat. Lisa borrowed her nephew's red wagon, filled it with coffee and sandwiches, and pulled it around the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, offering a little dignity and respect to the people she encountered.Over time, the wagon grew into a bus, and eventually a full-service cafe, where men and women experiencing homelessness could sit down, order off a menu, and be served. In the years that followed, Inspiration Corporation expanded its services beyond simply meals, to include case management, supportive services, housing and job training.Inspiration Corporation's mission, core values and dynamic culture create an exciting and rewarding workplace. Join our team, and be inspired.