Director, Grants & Sponsored Programs – Research & Collection
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (“NHMLAC”) was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 108 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including NHM at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—is looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The NHMLAC is seeking a Director, Grants & Sponsored Programs for our Research & Collections department. The Director, Grants & Sponsored works closely with the Senior Vice President, Research & Collections and is the focal point for relationships with external sponsors and agencies, promote the ethical conduct of research and/or collections-sponsored programs, and works towards identifying internal initiatives aligned with externally funded opportunities at the Natural History Museum. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
- Matches expertise in research, collections, and/or community science to funding opportunities, and assists staff in preparing and submitting compliant applications to support research, collection’s activities, community science and mentoring/training programs. This task includes continuous scanning of centralized opportunity notices (e.g., keyword-filtered feeds from grants.gov and foundation center online) as well as focused searches and/or strategic counsel as requested.
- Provides support for the development and review of budgets, advises on proposal strategies, works with counterparts in collaborating institutions and/or consultants negotiating sub-recipient agreements (sub-awards and subcontracts), and assists in the assembly and submission of proposals.
- Advises grantees, and executives, regarding regulatory and compliance issues. Reads and interprets agreements to determine restrictions, prior approval requirements, applicable cost principles, and cost-sharing requirements and strategies.
- Manages grants accounting, time effort reporting, report preparation and compliance.
- Acts as the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR), the primary institutional authority to transmit and execute grant and contract documents. In that capacity, interacts with agency staff and subcontractors to resolve questions and concerns.
- Works in collaboration with the Finance Department negotiating indirect cost rates with federal government.
- In partnership with the Advancement Office, explores the full range of public and private funding opportunities in support of R&C programs.
- Develops timelines for reports, no-cost extensions, budget revisions, and assists grantees on these and related aspects of project implementation.
This position has the following requirements:
- Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field.
- Not less than two years of experience in grant accounting.
- Strong accounting background.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Detail-oriented with strong analytical skills.
- Experience managing staff.
- Organized and able to meet strict deadlines.
The NHMLAC is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion with culturally diverse audiences in museums and in sciences.
The NHMLAC is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment to working with a diverse community. Salary range for this position is $105,912 - $113,884 based on experience and includes excellent benefits. This is a full-time regular, exempt position.
A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates, please visit www.nhmlac.org/careers-our-museums and click the link of the position you are interested or go directly to the online application.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.