Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Employment type
11 days ago
Los Angeles

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (“NHMLAC”) was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 107 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 an Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations for our Advancement department.  The Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations works closely with the Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations to secure both Restricted and Unrestricted support from private foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies 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: 

  • Writes grant proposals and prepares follow-up reports consistent with agreed-upon strategies and requirements under the direction of the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Can effectively and persuasively articulate the Museum’s case for support. Works with staff in other divisions to develop proposal content and compile budget information. Ensures proper sign-off prior to submission for all proposals and grant reports and related financial representations. Has a working knowledge of proofing and editing conventions.
  • Maintains a system to track prospect engagement, proposal submission, grants received, and deadlines for proposal and report submissions. Works with other departments to ensure proper acknowledgment of funding sources in museum publications and other recognition opportunities. Updates all relevant databases regarding contact information for the funders and prospects in his/her portfolio.
  • Stewards a growing list of government contacts in collaboration with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Chief Advancement Officer, and outside consultants.
  • Conducts research on foundation and government funding opportunities consistent with the Museum's priorities. Maintains a prioritized timeline for regular stewardship and cultivation of corporate foundations, private foundations, and government funding sources.
  • Develops strong relationships with curators and other Museum staff and is able to absorb and synthesize complex subject matter in order to effectively present the museum's current and developing programs to funders.


This position has the following requirements:                                                                                      

  • Three to five years of experience in grant writing and prospect management.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex grant guidelines, business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, peer-reviewed primary literature, or government regulations.
  • Ability to write proposals, reports, and a broad range of other types of business/professional correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information to and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Has experience using a personal computer and with MS Office and its Word, Excel and Outlook functions (PC and/or Macintosh).
  • Has experience working with databases (preferably donor relations-type) including processing queries and reports.
  • A valid California Driver License and a Personal Automobile Liability Insurance or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation needed to carry out job-related essential functions.


The NHMLAC is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion at 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 $70,000 - $75,000, salary is commensurate with experience plus 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  and click the link of the position for which you are interested or go directly to the online application.

The NHMLAC is establishing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff, effective August 10, 2021. NHMLAC is requiring that all staff receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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