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Director of Grants

Company: Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

Job Details
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: 4 Year Degree
Salary Range: $70,000.00 - $80,000.00 Salary/year
Travel Percentage: some travel required
Job Shift: Day

The Director of Grants will lead the complete grant cycle for all LEH Public Programs Division grant streams from development and implementation to close out and reporting. The Director will oversee various public programs tied to LEH grantmaking and facilitate and maintain programmatic partnerships across Louisiana. The Director will work closely with the VP of Public Programs to design and implement initiatives that increase all Louisiana residents access to quality humanities programming and will monitor geographic distribution of grantmaking to ensure equitable access to LEH programs. The Director of Grants is broadly responsible for cultivating relationships and partnerships that ensure program goals and objectives are achieved. This person will directly supervise the Grants Manager.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a seasoned grants professional who is passionate about the humanities and their role in helping humans make sense of their world. They will be highly detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated. They will enjoy taking initiative and thinking through all steps of the grantmaking process from conception through reporting. They will have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to provide excellent service and outreach to prospective and existing partner organizations. Willingness and ability to give public presentations and travel frequently is essential. Flexibility in response to changing program and grantmaking needs is key.Education:

  • Bachelors degree in a humanities discipline required. Masters degree preferred.

    Work Experience:

    • 2-4 years experience in grants management
    • 2-4 years experience working in a nonprofit environment, preferred

      Core Skills:

      • Proficiency in Foundant Grant Lifecycle Management system required.
      • Ability to synthesize qualitative and quantitative information about grant streams and processes as well as from grantee reports in writing and in public presentations.
      • Mastery of MS Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
      • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and partners.
      • Extremely organized and detail-orientated, with superior follow-through.
      • High degree of integrity and work ethic.
      • Comfortable with public speaking.
      • Ability to represent the LEH in a professional and courteous manner.
      • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization as well as with external stakeholders, including program participants, scholars, consultants, funders and the public, via emails, letters, telephone, Zoom, and in person.
      • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
      • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the LEH.


        • Knowledge of the humanities, including what areas of study are included in the humanities, and the ability to identify, critique, and describe humanities-based projects or proposals.
        • Familiarity with best practices in grants management.
        • Ability to problem solve independently before seeking assistance from peers and supervisors.
        • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
        • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately. Speaks and writes in a clear and credible manner, while selecting the right tone for the situation and audience.
        • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of projects, proposals, conclusions, or approaches to problems and to propose solutions or improvements to the same.
        • Ability to adjust quickly and effectively to changing conditions and demands.
        • Handles multiple assignments and priorities yet still fulfills all commitments.

          Job Functions

          • Work with VP of Public Programs to identify humanities-related needs in Louisiana as well as timely humanities-related topics and develop grant opportunities and programs to meet those needs.
          • Build and maintain relationships with partners and prospective partners throughout the state.
          • Engage outside partners, government entities, and sub-awardees to continually identify best practices and further the impact of LEH grantmaking.
          • Oversee annual updates to each grant streams focus and plan, including deadlines, milestones, and processes.
          • Develop and provide in-person and virtual webinars on various grant opportunities to prospective sub-awardees and partners.
          • Support prospective sub-awardees in their development of competitive grant proposals and build capacity for public programming.
          • Identify qualified external grant reviewers and organize and lead evaluation processes with grant review committees.
          • Develop and issue all grant-related paperwork to sub-awardees.
          • Issue and track payments to all sub-awardees.
          • Develop and manage all grant-related forms, such as applications, evaluations, and reports, in the grant management system.
          • Lead internal reporting processes to monitor performance and determine achievements and needs for improvement of all grant streams.
          • Ensure proper archival procedures are followed for programmatic materials and that grant files are fully archived on an annual basis.
          • Act as a thoughtful and responsible steward of federal, state, and private funds in all grantmaking processes.
          • Ensure grantmaking is in compliance with legal and funder guidelines and internal LEH policies.
          • Calendar and conduct grant reporting for all grant-making initiatives.
          • Respond to institutional queries about grantmaking practices and subawards in a timely fashion and support any related audits that may occur.
          • Manage multiple budgets and work with the operations staff to ensure accurate projections are integrated into financial planning.
          • Supervise the work of the Grants Manager, providing feedback and support as needed.
          • Contribute to the development of LEHs strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organizations work plan with the VP of Public Programming.
          • Develop an in-depth understanding of the work of LEH to be an effective representative to donors and partners.

            Americans with Disability Specifications
            Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger motions, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear, taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
            Work Environment: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather and internal climate conditions prevalent at the time. The work environment is considered to be that of a normal business/office operation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
            Equal Opportunity Employer:
            Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities/PRIME TIME Family, Inc is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, creed, ancestry, marital status or sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, citizenship status, victims of domestic violence, or any other protected category.
            NOTE: This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities. The organization reserves the right to change this description at its discretion

Keywords: Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, New Orleans , Director of Grants, Executive , New Orleans, Louisiana

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