Director of Post Award Grant Administration


American Museum of Natural History
Director of Post Award Grant Administration

The American Museum of Natural History is seeking a nimble and collaborative leader to serve as the inaugural Director of Post Award Grant Administration.

The Director of Post Award Grant Administration will be responsible for the day-to-day management of federal and non-federal grant post-award research administration operations. The Director will be responsible for ensuring effective internal controls are in place, building collaborative relationships across the Museum, supporting a culture centered on continuous improvements that reflect best practices and delivering excellent post-award research administration service. A full description of the position and a link to the search profile can be found HERE.

Essential Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration with a concentration in accounting.
• Minimum of five years of post-award research administration supervisory experience at an institution or comparable entity with a portfolio of >$5 million in federal funding.
• Experience with invoicing, federal letter of credit draws, and audit resolution.
• Extensive knowledge of Uniform Guidance, cost accounting standards, effort certification, sub-recipient monitoring, and financial status reporting.
• Experience and demonstrated ability to collect and analyze accounting, effort and other data and evaluate information.

Preferred Qualifications
• Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation is preferred but not required.
• National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and/or Society or Research Administrators (SRA) engagement preferred but not required.

Application Process
This search is being assisted by Academic Search, and all inquiries for confidential conversations should be directed to Senior Consultant Nancy Suttenfield ( The search will remain open until the position is filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A completed application will include the following:
• A cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications listed above and any other relevant and transferable professional experiences, and describes specific examples of and experience with each of the following proficiencies (500-word limit each)
o Ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders in a museum, higher education, or similar setting, characterized by strong consensus and relationship building skills
o Ability to negotiate issues and resolve problems
o Able to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, and bring sound judgment with an open and collaborative style of leadership
o Able to foster teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization
o Bring passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality
• A curriculum vita
• Names and contact information for five references including a note indicating the relationship to the applicant (references will not be contacted without your permission).

Application packages should be submitted to:

NOTE: An official employment application for the American Museum of Natural History will also be required of individuals who are selected as semifinalists.

Upon receipt of your application package Academic Search will request completion of a confidential equal employment opportunity form.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law. If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.

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American Museum Of Natural History



Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, New York 10024

(202) 332-4049

Background Information

4-Year Degree


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