Grants and Finance Manager

Location: National (remote)

About Us

Our country's education and workforce systems are inequitable, failing to meet the needs of our country’s most marginalized citizens. Historically, workforce education has led to low-wage jobs disconnected from ongoing higher education, which has created significant barriers for career advancement. At the same time, traditional higher education has increasingly become unaffordable for Americans from lower-income backgrounds while also lacking direct connection to the labor market. The consequences of these systemic failures are dire. Despite increases in national high school graduation and college enrollment rates, systemic racism and inequity mean that college persistence continues to be low, particularly for people that are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

At Propel America, we believe a better system should and can exist. We believe high school graduates shouldn’t have to choose between forestalling income and accruing significant debt while pursuing a traditional college degree or forestalling education and mobility for low-wage, entry-level work with few opportunities for advancement. Propel is building that better system, a ‘third way’ solution that allows young adults from low-income backgrounds to access an affordable and efficient pathway to a good job in healthcare that serves as a springboard to a choice-filled life.

By working backwards from the needs of established employer partners, Propel America:

  • Supports young adults (18 to 24 years old), particularly those from low-income backgrounds, to prepare for living wage jobs in healthcare
  • Partners with training and higher education organizations to offer workforce credentials that allow students (or “fellows,” as we call them) to earn college credits
  • Provides wraparound coaching and professional skill development to ensure fellows have what they need to be successful in their job interview, on the first day of work, and a plan for ongoing education and career advancement in healthcare.

The Opportunity

The Finance Manager will be a key part of the Operations team in helping to manage and analyze the different sources of revenue and expenses that drive Propel’s operations. As Propel works to achieve a sustainable business model we have a number of different revenue sources (public, philanthropy, earned revenue) that require different reporting and compliance functions that need to be managed. Responsibilities will include:

  • SNAP Education & Training Grant Management (50%-70%)
    • Participate in all trainings related to SNAP E&T
    • Compile data and submit monthly financial reporting requirements
    • Coordinate with the program team and technology team to ensure we have all of the necessary information and systems to collect and maintain reporting requirements
    • Support development of annual SNAP application documents, including: Statement of Work, Budget Proposal Exhibit, and Budget Narrative
    • Ensure all case management systems are up-to-date and accurate for annual SNAP E&T Management Evaluation
  • Program Financial Systems (10%-30%)
    • Manage the payments of program stipend payment and work to ensure school partners have paid stipends where applicable
    • Develop systems to track how Propel is leveraging Title IV funding and track tuition payments across training partners
    • Update monthly cash flow in the budget and track budget to actuals
    • Track the payment of earned revenue from both employers and training partners
  • Additional Grant Management (20%-30%)
    • Develop and execute systems to track grant expenditures, including philanthropic and public sector grants
    • Compile financial reports and analysis required for grant reporting
    • Collect and organize data and paperwork submissions from grant partners as required by the grant; inputting and/or uploading required data to state or federal databases (attendance, survey responses, etc.)
    • Project managing major grant-related reports, ensuring that all relevant staff and partners have clear instructions and ample time to submit updates, data, or narrative; compiling all report content and/or supporting External Affairs with writing narratives, ensuring that the report is reviewed by the necessary staff and partners, and submitting the report
    • Demonstrating an understanding of all fiscal requirements for each grant (e.g., timekeeping, procurement rules, etc.) to support compliance and problem solving
    • Supporting External Affairs with project plans and content creation for future federal grant applications
    • Additional projects or assignments based on staff capacity, organizational needs, and this team member’s skills and interests

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of experience in finance or operations
  • Comfort in leveraging technology to track and monitor performance and financial data
  • Experience working with complex budget models and completing financial analysis
  • Proficiency with Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Adobe PDF
  • Detail-oriented with experience setting up processes and systems
  • Team player with a learning mindset
  • Entrepreneurial and operational mindset
  • Commitment to Propel America’s mission and core values - innovation, courage, joy, team, equity and impact
  • Strong communication skills and willing listener


The salary for this position is between $54K-74K annually. Propel America offers a competitive total rewards package including coverage of 90% of health insurance premiums, unlimited PTO, and a flexible work environment.

Interested in Applying?

Please submit your application here. The application deadline to apply for this position is January 25, 2022. After this date we do not guarantee review of submissions.

Propel America is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

We encourage candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply.