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Criminal Justice Specialist I Option 1 - Grant Specialist 1

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Date:  Sep 21, 2022

Chicago, IL, US, 60605

Job Requisition ID:  17988

Agency :  Criminal Justice Information Authority 
Closing Date/Time: 10/05/2022
Salary:   $4,525 - $6,622.00/monthly CBA language applies  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Cook  
Number of Vacancies:   3  
Plan/BU:   RC062  



This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Posting Identification Number 17988

Position Overview

We are looking for a Grant Specialist I to work at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority in the Federal and State Grants Unit (FSGU). FSGU offers a rich environment for a self-driven person desiring to enhance community-based programming and strengthen relationships with partner agencies. Grant Specialist I responsibilities include monitoring grantee performance, budgets, ensuring compliance with grant regulations, and site visits. The ideal candidate for this role should have superior organizational skills, exceptional time management skills, and experience working in grant programs and/or with public funds. The Grant Specialist I will maintain relationships with grantees, and will aid in serving the public by ensuring grantee success in effective and growing programs



Job Responsibilities

provides technical assistance in the review, examination, approval, implementation and monitoring of interagency agreements and contracts relating to grant programs;

travels to conduct on-site review of grantee fiscal records;

reviews and analyzes quarterly and close-out program and fiscal reports;

Reviews allocations requests and works with Grants Team members to determine approvability of requests

Conducts random reviews of quarterly subcontract/subrecipient program and fiscal reports submitted by grantees

Conducts research and recommends development or revisions to budget or fiscal report format

Prepares and distributes written drafts and final reports of site and enhanced desk review findings relative to the progress of agreements

Establishes and maintains a system/method to track grantee program performance, expenditures, objectives, and outcomes

Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college with coursework in law, criminal justice, violence prevention, government, public administration, sociology, accounting or political science or related field. 

Requires completion of an agency approved training program or one year of professional experience in planning, development, implementation, or assessment of pograms in criminal justice, violence prevention, government, public administration, sociology, accounting, political science, or equivalent advanced academic work.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefers two years of experience working with grant programs that deliver social service programming;

Prefers three years of experience demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; 

Prefers three years of experience demonstrating the ability to analyze complex information, identify problems, and propose creative and effective solutions; 

Prefers two years of experience with program performance tracking and reporting; 

Prefers two years of experience with budget preparation and analysis; 

Prefers two years of experience with expenditure tracking and reporting; 

Prefers three years of experience demonstrating the ability to utilize computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint as well as Adobe PDF software

Conditions of Employment

Requires valid driver’s license.

Requires occasional overnight travel

Ability to pass a background check

Work Hours:  8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri  
Work Location: 60 E Van Buren St, Ste. 650, Chicago, IL 60605  
Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Public Safety; Social Services  



Revolving Door:

Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this
position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during 
State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, 
prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive 
Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.



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ICJIA responds to community needs with research and federal and state grants administration. ICJIA administers over 100 million dollars in grants, including the R3 (restore, reinvest, renew) grants (funded through the tax on legalized cannabis), state violence prevention grants, and federal grants including under the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act. ICJIA convenes groups and collaborates on efforts to reform the criminal justice system. ICJIA leads criminal justice reform efforts by supporting policy makers through research.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago