Employment Opportunities

Programming and Grant Assistant


The Programming and Grant Assistant will report to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for supporting the Transportation and Finance Team’s transportation investment programming and transit grants associated with NIRPC’s role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties in Indiana. The selected candidate will:

Support the Development and Management of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) (50%)

  • Support the development and management of the TIP program of projects, ensuring project data accuracy, fiscal constraint, and timely amendment/modification administration.
  • Collaboratively work with municipal and transit partners to review project funding. applications, amendments, and modifications.
  • Prepare monthly reports on financial position of the TIP including funds available, programmed, and obligated.
  • Support Quarterly Tracking and Transportation Resources and Oversight Committee meetings.
  • Other duties as needed.

Support the Transit Grant Writing and Management (50%)

  • Working collaboratively with NIRPC’s seven Federal Transit Administration (FTA) sub-recipients prepare and submit transit grants programmed in the TIP according to FTA regulations.
  • Working with the Procurement Coordinator, manage executed grants to ensure proper use of funds, and spend down of grants before grant deadlines.
  • Seek reimbursement from FTA and prepare required reporting.
  • Other duties as needed.

 Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Management, or a related field where Microsoft Excel was used in coursework is preferred.
  • Entry-level hourly position with 1-2 years prior experience in grant management desirable.
  • Practical knowledge, proficiency, and experience managing financial information in Microsoft Excel and other financial databases is required.
  • Willing to work independently and on a team.
  • Enthusiasm to continually learn/train to keep skills sharp and gain understanding of transportation planning principles, financial accounting guidelines and rules, and general requirements of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Transit Operators.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following through their written resume, cover letter, and in an interview:

  • Creativity and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Good customer service to internal and external clients
  • Development and maintenance of strong professional relationships
  • Contributor to positive team dynamics
  • Management of their time and schedule
  • Communicates clearly and transparently
  • Flexibility and an open-mind
  • Excellent attention to details and organizational skills


Starting at $40,000 and depending qualifications or experience. NIRPC has a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, participation in Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund, twelve paid holidays and a flexible work schedule.


To be considered for this position, please submit all requested files to:

Meredith Stilwell, Office Manager
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368-6409
fax 219-370-6303

  • A carefully-written cover letter (single page),
  • Resume (no longer than two pages), and
  • Contact information for at least two professional references.

The position will remain open until filled in order to find the candidate with the best fit among professional qualifications, experience, and suitability to NIRPC’s mission.