Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$65,772.00 - $96,152.00

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Mayor's Office of Public Safety

job description

POSITION: Grant Specialist - Public Safety, Grants, Finance & Contracts Unit


The Mayor’s Office of Public Safety (MOPS) strives to serve all Angelenos by implementing and expanding innovative programs, policy solutions, resources and initiatives to build a safer city. The office oversees the City’s public safety agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Management Department, as well as the law enforcement agencies at the Port of LA and Los Angeles World Airports. MOPS is made up of a Policy Team, Program Team, Grants, Finance & Contracts Unit, and Crisis Response Team.

This position will administer local, state and federal grants related to homeland security, emergency preparedness and public safety. The Grant Specialist will also assist in formulating policy with respect to the allocation of these grant funds. Additionally, the Grant Specialist would communicate with grantors and stakeholders, draft and monitor transmittals, manage grant spending, as well as program related activities.


Administers State and Federal grants related to homeland security, emergency preparedness and public safety, and assists in formulating policy with respect to the allocation of these grant funds.

Job duties include: 

  • Managing grant projects for public safety agencies in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, and/or other subrecipients;

  • Managing and reconciling grant budget allocations, reviewing/approving grant expenditures, and ensuring grant spending deadlines are met;

  • Monitoring subrecipient compliance with grant requirements and applying City, State and Federal regulations, as applicable; preparing requests and progress reports to Grantors; and providing information related to City, State and Federal audits;

  • Securing and maintaining relationships with Grantors and subrecipients;

  • Conducting grant trainings and participating in the facilitation of quarterly meetings with subrecipients;

  • Writing reports to the City Council regarding grant acceptance and status, and attending Committee and Council meetings, as necessary;

  • Preparing written briefings to the Mayor regarding emergency preparedness, homeland security and public safety issues; and

  • Attending emergency preparedness, homeland security and public safety events on behalf of, or with, the Mayor.


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university 

  • A minimum of two years professional experience in grant/project management and implementation, or equivalent experience, including monitoring and management of program and fiscal components of large government contracts

  • Ability to conduct compliance assessments and budgetary analyses

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with Grantors, City department staff, community representatives, and elected officials

  • Experience and strong track record working as part of a team, while also demonstrating initiative and ability to work independently

  • Strong research and writing skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software programs.


  •  Master’s Degree preferred

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to with “MOPS Grant Specialist” in the subject line no later than Friday, December 1, 2023 (extended). Please note that applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and suitable candidates may be contacted and hired before the application deadline. We encourage interested candidates to submit their applications promptly. 

This is an exempt, at-will position. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority. The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Please call (213) 744-9300 if you need assistance. For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found here.