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Senior Officer, Foundations & Trusts

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date:

Job Background / Overview:

Formed in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work today in over 40 countries and 20 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions of refugees who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

The International Philanthropy and Partnerships (IPP) team leads engagement with corporations, foundations, and international philanthropists globally, as well as IRC’s efforts related to new funding streams (such as faith-based, donor-advised funds, and innovative financing). IPP maintains a growing portfolio of strategic partnerships in the U.S. and other markets, primarily in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, all matching funder interests with the IRC’s extensive programs globally.

The Senior Officer, Foundations & Trusts sits within IPP’s Global Foundations & Trusts (F&T) pillar, managing a portfolio of partners supporting the IRC through financial and other commitments. They are responsible for tailoring engagement strategies that focus on sustained and new revenue generation and humanitarian impact through innovative, outcomes-based partnerships. The ideal candidate understands the needs and performance of U.S.-based donors and prospects, efficiently communicates and collaborates with colleagues and partners, offers creative solutions, and uses systems to continually grow and improve existing and new donor relationships. This position also supports the F&T U.S. Market Director in crafting and implementing the relevant portfolio strategy, as well as mentoring junior colleagues and playing a key role as an F&T representative within the team and wider organization.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Establish funding goals and benchmarks for a portfolio of private sector foundation partners that serve the IRC’s clients across the world;
  • Design and implement comprehensive outreach, solicitation and management strategies for partners, driving partnership discussions, proposal submissions, and pitches;
  • Establish a robust servicing plan for each foundation partner, including identifying key performance indicators, and ongoing planning and reporting procedures to optimize quality of service, income growth, and donor satisfaction;
  • Enlist and support senior IRC staff and Board members in high-level relationship management and partnership solicitations with strategy insight, briefing materials and appropriate follow-up;
  • Monitor and analyze philanthropic trends to improve market opportunities and ensure partnership propositions are compelling and driven;
  • Ensure open, relevant and respectful communication is maintained between the IRC and private sector partners as well as IRC colleagues globally;
  • Serve as a model and resource for other IPP Foundation & Trust members working to successfully lead high-impact foundation-based partnerships; and
  • Maintain clear CRM records that allow for comprehensive tracking/reporting.

Essential Qualifications:

Work Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferred Master’s degree
  • 6-8 years of front-line foundation and/or corporate fundraising experience
  • English fluency required

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including speaking to and writing for donors, and crafting compelling proposals and pitch materials;
  • Coordinating with multiple collaborators, and leading complex internal and external relationships;
  • Knowledge of foundation philanthropy planning processes, and issues affecting the sector;
  • Working to, and meeting, high-reaching revenue goals and performance indicators, as well as participating in financial projections, reporting, and scenario planning;
  • Maintaining positive, collaborative, productive relationships with staff at all levels and across cultures;
  • Good judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information;
  • Translating an organization’s strategy and objectives into operational delivery;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, devising creative solutions to complex problems and issues;
  • Analyzing and interpreting financial data, as well as understanding budget models; and
  • Dedication to fundraising for international development, human rights, social justice and U.S. refugee and immigrant communities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • CRM experience – Salesforce preferred

Working Environment:

This role may require working remotely full- or part-time (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work from during regularly scheduled hours.

At the IRC, we seek to build a welcoming, inclusive environment not only for our refugee clients, but for all of our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the strength found in the diversity of voices, experiences, and backgrounds who join us in our work. Fostering an inclusive culture with equitable practices is everyone's responsibility, and we regularly offer trainings and opportunities to learn more and find ways to do better. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, socioeconomic status, or disability status. We are dedicated to ensuring that disabled individuals are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. In your application, please feel free to indicate your preferred pronouns.

We recognize that few applicants may "check all the boxes," but that each person has their own unique strengths that they would bring to the table. In our commitment to building a diverse and authentic work culture, we invite you to apply anyway. You belong here.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

U.S. Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

Posted pay ranges apply to U.S.-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.


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