About the Candidate Assessment ToolKit

This assessment is designed to help hiring managers assesses a job candidate’s knowledge of key grants management areas and experience in performing certain tasks. It can also be used by an individual for self-assessment purposes. The assessment is based on psychometrically tested and validated industry-wide survey results contained in NGMA’s Grants Management Body of Knowledge. This assessment is intended for use by all sectors of the grants management field: federal government, state & local governments, non-profits, private foundations, higher education, research, and private corporations.

Respondents are asked to provide information relative to their last THREE years of work. We recognize that many of those taking the assessment will have far more than three years of experience. However, given how much grants management has changed in recent years with passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and related guidance, the work group that prepared this assessment determined that it should cover experience within the last three years.

The assessment is comprised of five sections:

Section 1. This is a series of task statements. These items are intended to gauge a person’s experience in performing grants management tasks.

Section 2. You will be asked about the percent of time you spend in tasks related to: pre-award activities; award activities; post-award activities; close-out activities and other activities.

Section 3. This is a series of knowledge statements. These items are intended to gauge a person’s knowledge of the grants management field.

Section 4. You will be asked about the percent of time you rely on knowledge in the following areas: general knowledge; pre-award activities; award activities; post-award activities; close-out activities and other activities.

Section 5. Demographic questions to obtain information about the applicant. These questions will only be completed by job applicants who are taking this assessment for a hiring mangers. Those taking the self-assessment will not be asked to respond to this section.

Assessment Features

Hiring Mangers and their Applicants:
  • Hiring managers can manipulate the weights of specific knowledge areas and tasks based on the level of importance to their organization. The weights are based on NGMA’s Grants Management Body of Knowledge. Hiring managers will be guided through the process of assigning weights by accessing the hiring manager registration page. The registration page also explains how to interpret an applicant’s score.
  • Those taking the assessment for a hiring manager will not see their scores. The scores will be automatically provided to the hiring manager. The information provided by the applicant will not be sold, exchanged, transferred or given to any other organization for any reason whatsoever. We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information. We offer the use of a secure server. All information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our database. Information in the database can only be accessed by those with special access rights to our systems. Those with access to the information are required to keep it confidential.
Those Taking the Self-Assessment:

No one will see your scores but you. No part of the assessment will be captured or retained in any form.

You will be given your score upon completing the assessment. The score will indicate the percentage of correct answers provided in each section and an overall score. Once you have received your scores, the data will be permanently removed.

Please do not close the assessment before you complete it. While your session will not "time out" while taking the assessment, you will need to restart if you close it.


This call to action was developed by the Candidate Assessment ToolKit Work Group of AGA’s Partnership for Intergovernmental Management and Accountability.

Candidate Assessment ToolKit Work Group
Work Group Co-Chairs
  • Douglas Godesky, Senior Grants Officer/Policy Advisor, Office of Grants Management, Corp. for Nat'l & Community Service
  • Merril Oliver, CGMS, Deputy Director, Governor's Grants Office, Maryland
Work Group Members
  • Tina Louise Emrich, Administrative Analyst III, Henderson Police Department, Nevada
  • Adrianne Fielding Former Executive Director, National Grants Management Association
  • Auguie Henry III, Grants & Contracts Administrator, City of Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Marc Horner, Grant Manager Specialist, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Daphne Y. Jefferson, Associate Administrator for Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Stacia LeBlanc, Esquire, CGMS, President, National Grants Management Association
  • Carla Kohler, Resources and Financial Management Branch, Region 7, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Michelle McCloud, CGFM, Finance Manager, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Alexandra McKeown, Associate Dean for Research Administration, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mike Nelson, Associate Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kathryn "Kaki" Roberts, CGFM, Financial System Administrator, Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas
  • Janet Schmidt, CGMS, Fiscal/Operations Manager, Serve Nebraska Commission, Nebraska
  • Jacqueline Walther-Parnell, CGFM, Operations Officer, Merced County Department of Workforce Investment, California
  • Doris Yanger, Senior Auditor, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Ex-Officio Member
  • Marguerite Pridgen, Senior Analyst, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
AGA Staff
  • David A. Payne, Director of Information Technology
  • Helena Sims, Director of Intergovernmental Relations