Title:  CPA- Grants Program Administrator


Requisition Id: 2171 

Salary: $75,972.00 - $96,768.00  

Salary Grade: S12 

Job Location:  Conservation Headquarters (JEFFE1) 

Closing Date: October 15, 2023

Our Culture: The Missouri Department of Conservation supports a family culture focused on diversity of thought, where all employees openly share ideas and turn their passion into purpose. 

To learn more about the job, feel free to contact the hiring supervisor- Jeffrey A Arnold at Jeff.Arnold@mdc.mo.gov or at573 5224115x3277.  


Provide oversight and guidance for the strategic development, analysis, and review of all Missouri Department of Conservation’s (Department) financial expenditures related to grants, cooperative agreements, Federal Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency (FEMA/SEMA) reimbursements. 

Essential Job Duties

  • Conduct final financial and programmatic reviews for the Department's grant proposals, including verification of signature authority, and assessments of modifications and amendments.
  • Oversee financial accounting for all federal grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and FEMA/SEMA reimbursement.
  • Develop process to increase efficiencies related to internal review and approval of grant documents, grant administration, collection of federal funds, and cooperative agreements.
  • Optimize the Department's federal aid revenue and other outside funding opportunities.
  • Provide strategic oversight for analysis and review of all grant and cooperative agreement related expenditures.
  • Develop, supervise, analyze, and review the Department's federal indirect cost proposal.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to the Grants team.
  • Coordinate resolutions between federal grant partners and the Department for issues identified. These may include federal grant program audit findings related to financial accounting, public use and habitat management on federally funded lands, or changes in use of federally funded properties.
  • Develop and provide training to all Department grant project managers ensuring compliance with grant requirements and internal financial processes.
  • Provide oversight for grant and cooperative agreement policy development and revisions.
  • Assist with review of grants ensuring strategic and appropriate use of federal funds to meet Department priorities.
  • Develop and provide oversight of the Department's grant review process to ensure compliance with grant requirements and policy procedures.
  • Ensure the Department's grant processes are considered and incorporated in the State's implementation of its enterprise resource planning solution ( MOVERS).

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Work with staff to ensure that Federal Aid programs receive timely and appropriate consideration. 

  • Assist with and provide strategic oversight for the development of new grant proposals. 

  • Coordinate in-state site visits for federal grant program staff to review and audit Department projects and programs. 

  • Review and comment on proposed legislative changes which might affect the Department’s use of restricted funds (license revenue, federal funds, etc.) and potential loss of control (authority) preventing the Department from carrying out its constitutional authority. 

  • Attend conferences and participate in grant-related committees as appropriate. 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field.
  • At least six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license.
  • Lack of post-secondary education will not be used as a sole basis denying consideration to any applicant.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of budget and funding process, cost share funding, and how to optimize resource allocation.
  • Ability to analyze financial data on multiple projects with a high degree of accuracy, often requiring a quick response.
  • Ability to keep focused on understanding, anticipating, and responding to the needs of customers.
  • Ability to use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work and programs.
  • Ability to keep focused on understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of customers.
  • Ability to administer financial resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the Department’s mission.
  • Skills to identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department.
  • Ability to define a problem, analyze relevant information, develop solutions, and solve problems.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and act quickly and decisively on the determined course of action.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of all types of groups, Department staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and assist in resolving conflicts.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with Department personnel and the general public.
  • Ability to develop and present programs to individuals and groups.

Work Environment

  • Regularly work in a standard office environment.

Physical Abilities

  • Remain stationary up to 70% of the time.
  • Regularly communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less. Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more.
  • Regularly lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


Disclaimer: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

Salaried and hourly employees are expected to use a mobile device-cellular phone for Department business, as needed. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

Nearest Major Market: Jefferson City
Nearest Secondary Market: Columbia Missouri