TITLE: Grants Administrator
FOCUS AREAS: Epilepsy Research
CONTACT: 312-255-1801, liz@CUREepilepsy.org
PROFILE: Liz Higgins is CURE’s grants administrator and the best point of contact for grantseekers. Higgins’ professional bio shares:
Liz joined CURE in April 2014 as Grants Administrator. Along with overseeing CURE’s grants administration process, she plays a critical role in liaising between the Research Team and other internal departments including Communications, Development, and Accounting.
Liz brings 15 years of project management and client relations experience to her role as Grants Administrator. Prior to CURE, she held positions in media planning, campaign management and account management at various advertising and tech organizations including Young & Rubicam, Turner Broadcasting, DoubleClick, Google and AOL. What led Liz to the nonprofit sector was her desire to have a positive impact on people's lives, not just the bottom line.
Liz received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Journalism and Mass Communication. She is currently enrolled in the University of Chicago’s Integrated Marketing Program, which she plans to complete in the spring of 2015.
Higgins’ responsibilities in this role include the following:
- Manage the grant administration process including grant program launches, the evaluation of grant applications, contracting and general oversight of projects once funded. Process and track grants and grant payments in proposalCENTRAL, and communicate altered timeframes, milestones and payment schedules to appropriate CURE staff (Development, Communications, Accounting).
- Develop strategies to optimize the grant administration process in support of the Research team’s evolving needs - particularly in light of increased grant volume and complexity.
- Oversee operational aspects of CURE’s Named Grants Program: establish timelines, monitor deliverables, ensure that reports are presented to donors by specified deadlines
- Manage CURE’s Frontiers in Research Seminar Series Program: establish program guidelines, develop growth strategy, oversee application process, and serve as main point of contact for seminar applicants, hosts and speakers.
- Facilitate development of timely press releases and important announcements highlighting the research program and scientific advances by CURE-funded investigators.