Director of Fellowships & Grants

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), a gender equity advocacy organization, is one of the nation’s leading voices promoting equity and education for women and girls and empowering them to reach their highest potential. What began in 1881 as a group of 17 like-minded women has grown into a powerful grassroots network with more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and more than 800 college and university partners across the United States.

Summary Description

The Director of Fellowships and Grants is responsible for the effective design, implementation and management of AAUW’s nearly $4M in annual funding for fellowships and grants programs, associated special awards and related higher education collaboration and engagement.

Essential Duties

Program Development and Implementation

  • Direct the management, coordination, integration and delivery of all programs.
  • Lead and implement program plans, priorities and strategies to include setting and meeting yearly goals.
  • Oversee the design, recruitment and execution of applications and the selection and review process.
  • Design and implement assessment strategies to measure impact and effectiveness of fellowships, grants and awards. Coordinate and analyze the appropriate data to inform the programmatic and operational decision-making process.
  • Evaluate and recommend revisions to existing fellowships and grants policies and guidelines and stay abreast of new strategies and best practices for fellows, grantees and alumnae.
  • Develop and grow relationships with higher-ed institutions, organizations and stakeholders focused on graduate women and girl-focused grant making.
  • Execute and lead grant-driven program deliverables.

Program Operations and Management

  • Create and monitor departmental budgets; report on program fiscal status and adhere to budget parameters and donor intent.
  • Lead external application contractor parameters and statements of work and monitor contracts for timelines, benchmarks and deliverables.
  • Hire, train and evaluate staff in accordance with AAUW human resource policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with Finance department to budget and monitor programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management.
  • Work closely with Advancement staff to ensure compliance with donor intent and on proposal and concept development for potential partners and funders.
  • Partner with Communications staff to develop and ensure accuracy of AAUW’s digital and print resources for fellows, grantees and alumnae.
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally on functions related to the efficient operation of all programs.
  • Other duties as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.


  • Minimum BA/BS; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant experience in a nonprofit, government, educational or philanthropic role overseeing multiple programs or contracts.
  • Substantive knowledge of higher education equity issues, graduate funding, grant making and philanthropy.
  • Demonstrated budget and project management skills in fellowships, projects and/or grants.
  • Experience with current best practices in administration of funding programs including electronic grant applications and reporting, technical assistance and monitoring and tracking strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, collaborate and establish effective cross-functional relationships organizationally.
  • Ability to represent an organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Experience developing a high-performance, collaborative and results-driven team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and commitment to inclusion and equity.
  • Clear understanding and commitment to AAUW mission, goals and objectives.

Compensation & Location

The salary range for this position is $ 110,000-$130,000, contingent on relevant experience.

During COVID, this position can be worked remotely with DC, MD, or VA as the tax withholding state of record. However, when AAUW’s office re-opens, the position incumbent will be required to work at AAUW headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Apply: Submit a résumé with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications by email, indicating position title (Director of Fellowships and Grants) to