Deputy Director of Bid & Proposal

Posting Number: #1702

Position Title: Deputy Director of Bid & Proposal

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote, USA

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.


Position Summary

The Bid and Proposal department provides pre-award bid and proposal support to over 75 investigators for grant and contract applications to federal, state, and other agencies. The Deputy Director of Bid and Proposal will be a key member of an efficient 6-8 person team. This position is responsible for ensuring the policies, processes, and work products of PHI’s Bid & Proposal department are in compliance with all federal, state, local and PHI regulations, policies, and procedures. The position works closely with the Senior Director of Bid & Proposal on special projects as dictated by business needs.

The Deputy Director of Bid and Proposal supports Bid and Proposal Specialists, who assist with the preparation, review, and submittal of grant and contract applications. The position also interacts with the Senior Management, Principal Investigators/Program Directors, as well as representatives of federal, state, and private funding agencies. With direction and guidance from the Senior Director, the Deputy Director is regularly called upon to make independent decisions required for timely and accurate development and submission of proposals. This position reports to the Senior Director of Bid and Proposal.

This is a regular full-time remote position that is required to work core business hours in the Pacific Time zone.

Full salary range for this position: $114,580 to $175,736 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $114,580 (minimum) to $145,158 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.

Employment Type: Full Time


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Management and General Support:

  • Supervises a team of B&P staff, with responsibility for coordination of activities, communication of pre-award policies and procedures, performance evaluation and training.
  • Reviews award and contract agreements and negotiates with funding agencies and Principal Investigators.
  • Works closely with Project Managers, Principal Investigators, and Administrators to analyze programmatic needs and provide budget recommendations for proposal and contract submissions.
  • Provides budget training to Bid & Proposal staff and Program Directors and Program Administrators, as needed.
  • Develops training materials and provides training for internal PHI central colleagues and program community.

Compliance and Special Projects:

  • Serves as point of contact of the Bid & Proposal department for questions involving pre-award compliance.
  • Develops and implements effective B&P compliance processes and internal controls.
  • Determines B&P/pre-award compliance metrics and establish a system for tracking them.
  • Works closely with B&P Director on special projects as assigned by the Senior Management Team and as dictated by business needs.
  • Establishes and maintains documentation of internal processes related to pre-award submission and budget development.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state, local and PHI regulations, policies, and procedures.

Proposal Development:

  • Serves as department expert and lead for complex and strategic proposal budgets and financial analysis.
  • Provides back-up support on complex budget negotiations and development for Director and during periods of surge.
  • Works in close coordination with Development team on PHI initiatives’ proposals serving as lead to develop budget, narrative, and related materials including coordinating with potential subrecipients to provide budget support.
  • Works closely with programs on complex and/or new initiatives as requested to provide more in-depth budget review and support.
  • Develops cost volumes including budgets and justifications using agency guidelines and soliciting text and other materials from program staff as required by proposal guidelines.
  • Participates in interviews and oral presentations with the funder along with the Development Team on strategic PHI Initiatives. Supports the drafting of BAFO and competitive range responses as required.

Performs other duties as required by the needs of the department.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 9 years of related experience which includes:
  1. A minimum of 3 years of relevant pre-award experience, preferably in a large nonprofit or university sponsored projects (pre-award) office.
  2. A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in budget development, contract negotiation, and process flow.
  3. A minimum of 4 years of experience as a manager. Knowledge/experience related to leadership can substitute.
  4. A minimum of 2 years of project management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or substitute with 4 additional years of related experience.

Other Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge of current federal, state, non-profit sponsor regulations, policies, requirements, and procedures.
  • In-depth knowledge of sponsored projects administration and advanced experience with grants, cooperative agreements, and/or sponsored contracts.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment with a high-level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Advanced skills in writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Flexibility and ability to work well under tight deadlines.
  • Extensive experience with federal funding (USAID, NIH, DHHS) and contract negotiation.
  • Experience in or knowledge of nonprofit and/or cost accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Fluency in writing budget justifications and preparing cost volumes, including best practices for writing about best value and cost realism.
  • Ability to gather, organize, and lead special projects with limited supervision.
  • Excellent math skills.
  • Strong reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Advanced level in the use of Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and common desktop/web applications.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and prioritize projects with short deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience presenting proposals to a funder in a BAFO, competitive range, or similar proposal stage.
  • An effective team player with ability to relate well with others.
  • Ability to be creative, resourceful, reliable, trustworthy, and discrete.
  • Ability to work extended hours as required by business needs.
  • Graduate degree in a related field and related certifications preferred.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.


EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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ADA Statement:

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