City of Boston

Director of Planning & Grantmaking

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Age Strong
Regular Full-Time
Comm Elderly Affairs
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The Director of Planning and Grantmaking is responsible for assessing community needs and service gaps, program planning, funding prioritization, strategic partnership development, and capacity-building across Boston's aging services network.



  • Leads a citywide needs assessment to determine emerging needs of the older adult population in Boston and identify service gaps.
  • Develops existing partnerships and cultivates new partnerships to address aging services programming gaps across the city.
  • Assists Title III program partners to adapt scope of service agreements to best meet the needs of the older adult population.
  • Maintains regular communication with Title III partners to convey funding changes, policy changes, and opportunities for program development.
  • Collaborates with Boston’s aging services network to identify opportunities for connection and build capacity to better serve the older adult population. 



  • Manages all grant making for federal, state, and local funds, including writing/editing grant/Request For Proposals (RFP) materials, leading review committee meetings, analyzing proposals, facilitating funding discussions, and writing award letters.
  • Serves as liaison between the Age Strong Commission and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs on all matters related to federal Title III funding, including attending AAA planners meetings and staying informed about policy changes communicated by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
  • Determines program priorities and makes funding recommendations.
  • Monitors sub-awards and funding partners to ensure timely reporting and deliverables are met.
  • Provides technical assistance and program monitoring to funding partners through site visits and report review.


  • Plans and facilitates the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council.
  • Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Compiles data and prepares reports for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and others as needed.
  • Represents the Age Strong Commission at meetings in the community and hosted by local and state agencies as needed.
  • Serves as Age Strong Commission representative for grant review processes led by other City of Boston departments as requested.
  • Promotes collaborative team environment.
  • Flexible schedule as some nights and weekends are required.
  • Assists with Age Strong Commission events as needed.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Minimum four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the support of human service programs, including social work, grants and partnership management, and program management, of which one year should have been in a team leadership, mentoring or supervisory capacity.
  • Associate’s degree may count for up to one (1) year of required experience, bachelor’s degree may count for up to two (2) years of required experience, and master’s degree may count for up to three (3) years of required experience.
  • Experience with organizational management, program development and analysis, preferred.
  • Experience in building and maintaining relationships across sectors.
  • Experience with grants administration and/or compliance (government grant experience preferred; federal grant experience desired).
  • Experience and comfortability working with diverse communities, delivering services to a multiracial, multigenerational, multicultural, and multilingual population. 
  • Familiarity with the aging population field preferred.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and think strategically.
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently; to show flexibility and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and think strategically.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with government agencies, social service agencies, community organizations, and older adults highly preferred. 
  • Experience working with funders, preparing grant and progress reports. 
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to give team feedback.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Travel throughout Boston may be required in support of the position’s responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates proper use of databases, and other tools to ensure accurate reporting. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Compliance to documented policies and procedures.

Subject to CORI check

Boston Residency Required



Union/Salary Plan/Salary Grade:

Non-union MM2-9

Hours per week: 35


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