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- Director of Institutional Relations, USA

Director of Institutional Relations
The Fund for Global Human Rights

About the Fund
The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world. Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of frontline groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

As an employer, we are deeply committed to the overall well-being of our staff. We offer 100% employer paid health benefits, generous paid leave, and flexible working options designed to meet the diverse needs of our globally based team members.

The Position
The Fund seeks a full-time staff member with a talent and passion for writing and donor strategy, strong leadership and management experience, and a commitment to human rights to play a critical role in a fast-paced fundraising department.

The successful candidate will join the organization in an exciting and demanding period of growth and change. In the last two years, the Fund’s staff has grown by 85%, including six new positions in its Development and Communications department. Institutional funding represents the majority of the Fund’s $15 million annual budget, and the Director of Institutional Relations will lead a talented five-person team to meet revenue goals from foundation, government, and corporate donors across the US and Europe. The ideal candidate will be happy participating in both strategic, big-picture conversations, as well as delving into the details to help the team take on a new prospect or implement a new system. This person will play a critical role in the organization’s ongoing efforts to diversify its funding streams, particularly with corporate and bilateral donors, and optimize new opportunities for programmatic growth in line with the Fund’s mission. Finally, the successful candidate will be instrumental in driving new cross-departmental workflows and cultivating shared leadership across the Fund.

This position will be based in either New York or Washington, D.C., but works closely with colleagues based in DC, London, and globally.

Reports to: VP for Development and Communications
Supervises: 2 Managers of Institutional Relations in the U.S., and 2 Managers of Institutional Relations in Europe (based on current staffing structure and reporting lines, subject to change)

Primary Responsibilities:

Fundraising and Development
• Lead five-person team based in the U.S. and Europe responsible for raising more than 80% of the organization’s $15 million budget
• Grow a portfolio of foundation, government, and corporate donors to meet ambitious organizational revenue diversification goals
• Act as the key organizational contact with high-level institutional funders, developing appropriate stewardship plans and drafting nuanced, tailored materials to further those partnerships
• Serve as lead editor for all institutional grant proposals, reports, donor correspondence, and other outreach materials
• Work in close partnership with VP for Programs and Director of Regional Programs to evaluate and strategize around new institutional funding opportunities to ensure alignment with the Fund’s mission
• Develop and maintain good communication flow between program and IR staff to maximize programmatic growth opportunities and ensure accurate and up-to-date information for fundraising materials and reports
• Support the Fund’s leadership, program staff, and grantees in cultivating and stewarding donor relationships
• Liaise with finance/operations team to develop new systems and ensure clear budgets and financial reporting for complex project support grants
• Set annual IR department goals, forecast and track revenue, monitor deadline and stewardship calendar, and develop and track team budget

Leadership & Management
• Work with VP for Development and Communications and Director of European Office to lead and support the Institutional Relations team, as well as the larger Development and Communications team, through a period of growth and transition; serve as an advocate for the IR team with the Fund’s leadership
• Direct and supervise the work of the IR team to develop funding proposals, track and report on grant deliverables, engage program and finance staff, and drive prospect cultivation
• Provide coaching and leadership development opportunities to ensure team members continue to grow and help drive the organization’s innovation and effectiveness
• Cultivate a spirit of collaboration, creative thinking, and a commitment to excellence
• Participate actively in a cross-departmental management team charged with driving new workflows and operationalizing an organizational commitment to shared leadership and innovation

External Outreach
• Represent the Fund in external outreach and networking spaces with the goal of building the Fund’s network of prospects
• Collaborate with Communications colleagues to develop materials and contribute to efforts to elevate the Fund’s public profile

• Passion for and demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice
• 8-10+ years of development and fundraising experience; proven success in securing new corporate and/or bilateral funding strongly preferred
• Established excellence in writing, presentation, and communication skills; ability to translate the Fund’s mission and programs for a variety of audiences
• Knowledge of the human rights ecosystem, including major funders and peer organizations, preferred
• 3+ years management experience; demonstrated experience building, managing, and motivating high-performing teams, especially in periods of organizational growth and transition
• Equal comfort with and willingness to take on high-level conceptual work and to engage at a granular level to help the team innovate systems and workflows to effectively manage new funding relationships
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across departments
• Strong ability to manage time effectively in order to meet multiple competing deadlines
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; Salesforce experience preferred
• Fluency in English required; proficiency in another language a plus
• BA required, Master's or other graduate degree preferred
• Sense of initiative and humor, flexibility, and a hands-on approach

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.

How to Apply: Visit to upload resume or CV and cover note.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Earliest anticipated start date is May 2018.

Job posted on 4th May 2018
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