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Associate Director, Consumer Goods

New York City | London

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City | London
  • Grade: Senior Executive level - Senior Executive
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is seeking a dedicated fundraiser and people manager, who will lead on major partnerships with the corporate consumer goods sector in support of our mission to help refugees survive, recover and gain control of their future.

Since its inception in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. This role is part of the International Philanthropy and Partnerships (IPP) unit, which leads on the IRC's engagement with corporations, foundations, international philanthropists, and new global funding streams.

The ideal candidate is a technical leader and expert in the corporate consumer goods sector – such as retail, travel, food products, etc. They will have demonstrated experience building 7-figure corporate partnerships in support of humanitarian and development work, and a robust network of funders, experts, and decision-makers in the consumer goods and other corporate sectors. In addition to supervising and mentoring a team of consumer goods sector fundraisers, the Associate Director will have a dedicated portfolio of partners, focusing on sustained revenue generation and humanitarian impact. Finally, they will demonstrate passion for the IRC's mission, nuanced understanding of private sector fundraising, and dedication to the organization's diversity, equity, and inclusion values.
Major Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate a $2-3M+ USD portfolio of partners in support of IRC’s Strategy100 with a focus on diversified funding streams, growing unrestricted funds, and expanding influence;
  • Lead on developing a series of high profile, creative, and impactful partnerships with consumer goods companies to serve our clients across the world, while offering companies innovative outlets to deploy philanthropic and core-business solutions supporting our humanitarian agenda;
  • Design and implement creative outreach, solicitation, and management strategies for partners within the portfolio, such as pitches, proposal submissions, and partnership discussions;
  • Supervise and mentor a team of fundraising professionals to achieve a collective sector-wide target in 2023;
  • Work with IPP leadership to monitor and establish funding goals and non-financial benchmarks for the consumer goods team’s portfolio of private sector partners;
  • Serve as an internal, and when appropriate, external focal point for the IRC as related to the consumer goods sector;
  • Provide dynamic thought leadership across IPP and External Relations in identifying and initiating strategies for consumer goods sector partnerships through a variety of partnership models (e.g., in-kind, employee engagement, pro bono expertise, etc.)
  • Undertake special assignments, as directed

Essential Qualifications:
Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience;
  • Technical expertise and experience working in the consumer goods industry and community;
  • 6-8 years’ experience of front-line corporate fundraising and/or partnership development experience in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
  • Experience leading 1-2 full time team, preferably fundraising

 Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  •  Management or solicitation of partnerships valued at or above $1,000,000 USD per year;
  •  Ability to develop thoughtful project management plans and implement them in timely and detailed fashion;
  •  Ability to work accurately and productively in a fast-paced environment and adapt to shifting priorities;
  •  Ability to effectively interact with a variety of internal and external contacts with confidence and poise;
  •  Ability and willingness to travel domestically and occasionally internationally, and ability to work evenings and weekends for urgent matters.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong project management skills, experience working on multiple projects with global cross-functional teams;
  •  Dedication to supporting DEI efforts through development of multi-faceted partnerships that benefit a wide range of clients with varying backgrounds.

 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.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions.  All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity:
IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities 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.

US 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 US-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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.