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Grants and Finance Manager

The Grants and Finance Manager will support grants management, finance, budget, and reporting compliance for Organization for Tropical Studies. Reporting to the Controller and working closely with the Vice President for Development and distributed project staff, the focus of this position will be the creation of new proposals budgets, budgeting and financial reporting on existing donor relationships, and financial oversight of existing and grants.

Responsibilities include creation and management of proposal budgets and ensuring compliance with funding sources (federal, private foundation and multi-lateral), and OTS financial and audit requirements.

The individual in this position will lead the full cycle award process for any sub-grants and contracts. This position is responsible for ensuring that sub-awards are negotiated and managed in full compliance with OTS and donor policies. This position will lead sub-award negotiations and is responsible for interpreting policies and providing guidance to colleagues and recipients on allowable activities, costs, and conditions for award. This individual will work in close coordination with the Finance Department and the Vice President for Development to ensure compliance with institutional policies and procedures and to build cooperation and support among all OTS operational units.

The position provides financial reports and general financial oversight for project donors. Financial updates will be communicated to the project lead and other relevant staff on a regular basis. The position maintains confidential information and must maintain discretion at all times.

Key Responsibilities

Donor Compliance and Budget Management

  • Provide financial oversight for all grants.
  • Review and analyze project financial reports to ensure compliance with OTS and donor requirements, including federal government, private foundation and multi-lateral donors
  • Prepare detailed monthly budget versus actual reports to track performance for project directors and PIs.
  • Prepare financial reports for submisson to donors in accordance with reporting standards.
  • Ensure agreement deliverables are received and work with program staff to ensure technical and financial obligations are met in compliance with OTS and donor policies.
  • Ensure proper close out of incoming grant agreements and contracts is achieved. Highlight issues to Controller, VP of Development, and Project Lead in a timely manner.

Proposals, Business Development

  • Prepare proposal budgets to ensure accuracy and complete preparation and alignment with proposal work plan.
  • Incorporate input from multiple teams within OTS, North America, Costa Rica and South Africa.
  • Work with any sub-grantees or contractors to incorporate workplans and budgets into overall proposal.
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with OTS internal requirements and policies.
  • Coordinate with multiple departments for internal approvals regarding proposal and report submission.

Education, Experience, Skills and Abilities

Required (critical to successful job performance. Applicants not meeting required skills may not be hired.)

  • Minimum of a Bachelor degree in accounting, finance or related field.
  • 2 years of related work experience in non-profit proposal development and/or grant management or grant making.
  • Must be detail-oriented and organized.
  • Strong analytical skills with respect to various forms of data and experience with complex information management.
  • Excellent word processing and spreadsheet skills.
  • Strong knowledge of budgeting, financial systems and financial reporting.
  • Experience with grants and contract development and management.
  • Requires attention to detail and the ability to operatate with considerable independence to effectively establish priorities and work accurately under time constraints.
  • Experience with US government, foundation and multi/bilateral agencies budgeting and reporting.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Must maintain high level of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred

  • Spanish language skills preferred.
  • Previous non-profit experience preferred.
  • Experience in multi-cultural work environment preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Authority Allocated

This position will not directly supervise OTS employees, but will provide direction and delegate to staff. In a grants and project management capacity this position will need to motivate, engage, and build consensus amongst individuals from different parts of the organization to achieve project objectives and goals. This position is expected to convene meetings (both internal and external) and meet directly with senior staff internally to ensure deadlines are met and parties are fulfilling responsibilities on the project. This position manages relationships with outside consultants, contractors, grantees, and interns as needed. This position is expected to make day-to-day judgment calls on issues related to risk management and policy interpretation.

Working Conditions

  • This position is based in the OTS North America Office in Durham, North Carolina
  • International travel, up to four times per year, may be required

Other

  • This position requires good judgment, the willingness to take initiative, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • This position requires an independent, flexible person to manage frequent urgent requests and changes in priorities
  • The candidate must be able to work with staff from multiple departments and at all levels throughout the organization at any given time
  • Personal interest in tropical ecosystems and international education and experience in abroad is a plus
  • The candidate must be able to maintain a high level of professionalism, ethic, and discretion, working with staff at all levels of the organization and overseas

To Apply

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Horticulturist, Wilson Botanical Garden
Las Cruces Biological Station
San Vito, Costa Rica

Wilson Botanical Garden seeks an experienced horticulturist to lead horticultural improvements throughout the Garden. Applicants should have knowledge of tropical plants, plant propagation, garden aesthetics and presentation, as well as garden maintenance for the purpose of improving the quality of gardens, plant collections, and public displays. The duties involve working success-fully with four Costa Rican gardeners, the taxonomist, and other staff of the Las Cruces Biologi-cal Station. The horticulturist works to establish the Garden as the interface between the forest, the public, and the research supported by the Las Cruces Biological Station.

  • develops and maintains plant collections, works hands-on in gardens with current crew
  • leads horticultural projects and garden renovations in coordination with the station director and Las Cruces Advisory Committee
  • selects plants for appropriate placement in Botanical Garden
  • propagates plants for garden planting
  • collecting and/or procuring appropriate seeds and cuttings for garden development
  • guides volunteers, interns, and students in their pre-selected Garden projects

Important considerations:

  • This position is for a 9-12 month period, with some possibility of renewal.
  • It is preferable for the applicant to speak Spanish and English.
  • Successful candidates will possess a minimum of three years of horticultural experience in a public garden or related field.

For more information about the Las Cruces Biological Station and Wilson Botanical Garden go to: http://www.ots.ac.cr/

Qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter by this way.

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Resident Professor in Undergraduate Program: Ecology of Tropical Diseases (description of disease and behavior of disease in individuals, populations and communities, Zoonosis, Ecology of Disease Vectors), Research Practicum and Ethics

The Resident Professor with the OTS Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health Undergraduate Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica will be part of a field-based teaching team. This team will provide undergraduate students with outstanding training in the ecology and behavior of tropical diseases, environmental change, human health, ethnobiology, research abilities, community work, and Spanish Language and Culture. He or she will work closely with the Education Director, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, and other Resident Professors in curriculum design and implementation. Particularly, will be responsible for teaching aspects of the Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health, and Research Practicum courses.

This resident professor is responsible for leading the Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health course specifically on the aspects related to the ecology of the diseases and their vectors. In addition, he or she will participate in the Research Practicum course, teaching statistics and research design, and thus should be comfortable with developing and conducting short research projects with students in the field and in the community. The resident professor will also be part of giving lectures in the area of tropical disease ecology and work with the rest of the semester team to define hands-on experience activities in the field, maintain the safety measures and implement emergency protocols when needed.

He or she is based in Costa Rica, and it is a full-time position. A commitment of at least four semesters is desired.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, Tropical Medicin, Microbiology with professional teaching and research experience in tropical diseases.
  • A strong interest in team teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • A strong background in experimental design and statistical analysis in projects related to tropical diseases, ecology of vectors, zoonosis.
  • Experience in field-based education and hands-on experiential teaching a plus.
  • Experience working in Latin America, especially in Costa Rica, a plus.
  • Excellent bilingual (English/Spanish) communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and spend 9-11 weeks in the field, twice a year with the students.
  • Comfortable with living in close quarters with students and faculty at field stations around Costa Rica

To apply:

Please submit the following materials in a single pdf document via the OTS website: cover letter describing your interest and fit for the position, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and 3 references.

This position will remain open until it is filled.

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Resident Professor in Undergraduate Program: Introduction to Tropical Ethnobiology and Research

The Resident Professor with the OTS Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health Undergraduate Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica will be part of a field-based teaching team. This team will provide undergraduate students with outstanding training in the ecology and behavior of tropical diseases, environmental change, human health, ethnobiology, research abilities, community work, and Spanish Language and Culture. He or she will work closely with the Education Director, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, and other Resident Professors in curriculum design and implementation. Particularly, will be responsible for teaching aspects of the Ethnobiology, and Research Practicum courses.

This resident professor is responsible for leading the Tropical Ethnobiology course and assisting with teaching the Research Practicum course; thus should be comfortable with developing and guiding short but rigorous research projects with students in the field and in the community. In addition, he or she will participate in the Research Practicum course, teaching statistics and research design, and thus should be comfortable with developing and conducting short research projects with students in the field and in the community. The resident professor will also be part of giving lectures in the area of tropical ethnobiology and work with the rest of the semester team to define hands-on experience activities in the field, maintain the safety measures and implement emergency protocols when needed.

Ideal candidates will have a background in ethnobiology or a related field, such that they could complement the expertise of the other resident professors in tropical medicine and environmental change.

He or she is based in Costa Rica, and it is a full-time position. A commitment of at least four semesters is desired.

Qualifications:

  • MSc or Ph.D. in Ethnobiology with professional research experience in the tropics
  • A strong interest in team teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • A strong background in experimental design and statistical analysis in projects related to ethnobiology (plants, fungi, insects, mammals, human culture, etc.)
  • Experience in field-based education and hands-on experiential teaching
  • Experience working in Latin America, especially in Costa Rica, a plus
  • Excellent bilingual (English/Spanish) communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and spend 10 weeks in the field. Be willing to move to Costa Rica.

To apply:

Please submit the following materials in a single pdf document via the OTS website: cover letter describing your interest and fit for the position, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and 3 references.

This position will remain open until it is filled.

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