Raise Your Hand If You Know Your Job

July 7, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Volunteers with a keen awareness of the grants management job market are needed.

The Association of Government Accountants’ Partnership for Intergovernmental Management and Accountability is seeking 12 volunteers to help develop a candidate assessment tool for government managers to use for screening potential grants management employees.

Officials in charge of hiring grants management professionals often don’t have tools to evaluate candidates to determine their capabilities across numerous grants skills. Because finalists often have similar education and experience credentials, decisions usually are based on the reputation of the candidate’s current employer or on the interviewer’s intuition.

The partnership plans to begin the candidate assessment tool project Aug. 15 and complete it Feb. 10, 2012, prior to the AGA’s National Leadership Conference Feb. 16-17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Partnership co-chairs will select up to 12 work group members from among those who volunteer. Volunteers may be from any level of government; need not be a member of AGA; and should be aware of the broad cross-section of competencies required by grants management professionals.

The partnership’s steering committee anticipates that the volunteers would participate in at least bi-weekly conference calls, spending up to two hours a week on the project. So if you want to get involved, contact the AGA here.

What requirements do you think are needed to help screen for grants management positions? We could pass this on to the AGA.

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