The Autry is dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Through the work of its dynamic staff, the Autry promotes education, research, exhibitions, and public programs. Located in scenic Griffith Park, the Autry provides a collaborative work environment for its employees and attracts highly qualified and motivated professionals.

The Director of Foundation and Government Grants is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive strategy to raise funds from current and prospective foundations and government agencies. He/she initiates, builds and sustains relationships with foundations and government agencies with interests that align with the Autry’s mission. The Director manages a portfolio of prospective and ongoing relationships; helps to identify new funding sources and strengthen existing relationships; develops and implement successful institutional strategies and next steps; and works effectively and collaboratively with partners across the museum.


Foundation Fundraising
•Create and implement strategies for generating and growing revenue from foundations.
•Maintain a portfolio of foundation donors and prospects for active cultivation, solicitation of multi-year pledges, reporting, and stewardship.
•Identify and establish relationships with foundation prospects and key program officers responsible for giving.
•Work with Autry Board members, other key volunteers, and staff to identify and develop relationships with foundations.
•Provide staffing to President, Vice President of Development, and Trustees for their cultivation and solicitation activities with foundations.
•Plan and execute visits with prospects and donors, both onsite at the museum and at the foundations by Autry President, VP of Development and other staff.
•Oversee the proposal development, submission and grant reporting process.
•Help develop collateral materials for foundation and government funders.
•Effectively present information and respond to inquiries from Autry staff and funders.
•Monitor trends and opportunities for grant development.
•Coordinate special cultivation events connected with foundation relations.
•Be active member of broader fundraising team with the goal of attracting increasing foundation and government support.

Government Fundraising and Stewardship
•Research competitive grant opportunities from local, state, and federal agencies.
•Identify Autry projects compatible with competitive government grant opportunities.
•Oversee the creation of competitive grant applications.  This includes identification of and coordination with appropriate project staff, as well as the management of the process necessary for successful production of competitive applications.
•Write, edit, assemble, and submit grant application materials.
•Oversee and maintain annually the Autry’s active status with the Central Contractor Registration database, necessary for accessing Grants.gov, the on-line system for submitting federal grant applications.
•Act as and be registered as the primary Point of Contact in the Central Contractor Registration database.
•Organize and ensure execution of any contract materials related to government grants.
•Steward all government grants secured by the Autry.  This includes working with relevant Autry staff to ensure projects progress, are completed, and that all interim and final grant reports are completed and submitted to funders.
•Coordinate with Finance Department all financial protocols for proper reporting to government funders and to ensure compatibility with current audit standards.
•Maintain contact information within Raisers Edge database for appropriate program officers at government funding agencies.
•Serve as department liaison on exhibition teams and in other internal meetings.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum5 years related experience.  Candidate should possess a Bachelor’s degree in a compatible area (i.e. history, political science, English, journalism, professional writing, public administration). Advanced degree preferred.  Experience and facility with Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel; Adobe Professional and Reader, Raisers Edge.

Other Skills                                                     
•Capital Campaign experience preferred
•Excellent written and verbal skills
•Ability to think analytically, creatively, and strategically
•Ability to work collaboratively and independently
•Sincere interest in or knowledge of American history and the American West
•Knowledge of and interest in other cultural institutions as well as the cultural life of the broader Los Angeles community

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