Grants Planning and Compliance Director

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Organization Summary

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

About the Minnesota Department of Commerce

Commerce protects the public interest through a broad range of regulations and programs. We oversee more than 40 industry areas in Minnesota and license about 250,000 professionals and businesses to ensure that their services and products are fair, accessible and comply with state laws.

About the Division of Energy Resources

We advocate on behalf of the public interest in regulated-utility matters; conduct environmental review of proposed energy facilities; oversee utility energy conservation programs; and administer the federal Weatherization Assistance Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Working together to improve the state we love. 

What do Minnesota's State employees have in common? 

  • A sense of purpose in their work
  • Connection with their coworkers and communities
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth


As an employee, you'll have access to one of the most affordable health insurance plans in Minnesota, along with other benefits to help you and your family be well.

Your benefits may include: 

  • Paid vacation and sick leave 
  • 12 paid holidays each year 
  • Low-cost medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug plans 
    • Fertility care, including IVF
    • Diabetes care
    • Dental and orthodontic care for adults and children 
  • 6 weeks paid leave for parents of newborn or newly adopted children
  • Pension plan that provides income when you retire (after working at least three years)
  • Employer paid life insurance to provide support for your family in the event of death
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance that can provide income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury
  • Tax-free expense accounts for health, dental, and dependent care 
  • Resources that provide support and promote physical, emotional, social, and financial well-being

Support to help you reach your career goals:

  • Training, classes, and professional development
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website at

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for work/life support:

  • A voluntary confidential program that helps employees and their families with life challenges that may impact overall health, personal well-being, or job performance
  • Common sources of stress can be addressed through the EAP: mental health, relationship challenges (personal and work), grief and loss, finances, and legal issues
  • Daily Living/Convenience Services: Chore services, home repair, trip planning, child/elder care

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota. 


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. State agencies are committed to creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of the state and strongly encourages persons of color and Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve Minnesotans.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and disabilities related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, status regarding public assistance, disability, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.


Minnesota state agencies make reasonable accommodations to their employees and applicants with disabilities. If you have a disability and need assistance in searching or applying for jobs with the State of Minnesota, call the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected] and let us know the support you need.

Posting Date
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Location in MN
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Job type
  • Salary Range: $35.13 - $52.25 / hourly; $73,351 - $109,098 / annually
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
  • Working Title: Grants Planning and Compliance Director
  • Job Class: Planning Director State
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Commerce Dept / Commerce-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Energy Resources / Energy Market Transformation
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Administrative
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Location: St. Paul
Primary Duties

Job Summary

Hybrid work environment with potential for significant telework.  Primary work location will be the Golden Rule Building in St. Paul. 

This position serves to pursue, negotiate, and administer the Department's energy funding strategy in alignment with the Minnesota Climate Action Framework, MN's Clean Energy Goals, Justice 40 goal, and other federal and state requirements and directives. This position works closely with external and internal stakeholders in order to lead multiple responses to federal solicitations, negotiations of federal awards, and initiation of successful solicitations of competitive funding.



Minimum Qualifications

Four (4) years professional level experience in managing pursuit of external funds, negotiating grant awards, and pursing competitive grants. A bachelor’s degree is equivalent to one (1) year of experience. An Advanced degree is equivalent to eighteen (18) months of experience.

Applicants who meet the above education/experience requirement will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team as well as with lead staff, decision makers, and external partners.
  • Oral and written communication skills with the ability to condense and explain technical information in a concise manner that can be understood by diverse constituents, such as, leadership, local units of government, nonprofits, contractors, and the general public.
  • Focus and excellent attention to detail.
  • Data management and strategic analysis skills, with a strong ability to develop, negotiate, and operationalize plans.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with providing technical assistance and guidance in compliance, implementation, and review of federal award requirements and regulations.
  • Experience working on large federally funded projects with multiple partners utilizing relevant skills related to accounting and financial management and procurement systems.
  • Experience working in diverse teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate within an organization's formal and informal structures, build allies and relationships across the division and agency, seek to understand others' roles and perspectives, and navigate organizational structure with diplomacy and goodwill.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasional moving of articles such as boxes, accounting records, laptop computer, and portable printer.

Additional Requirements

Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.

How to Apply

Application Details

How to Apply 

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of the job posting page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected]. For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about this position, contact Jody Northouse at [email protected] or 651-539-1504.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Jody Northouse at [email protected].

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