The Senior Director, which reports directly to Partners' Vice President for Education and Global Citizenship, is responsible for leading and providing overall oversight to programs and initiatives involving public and private sector collaboration, including President Obama's signature educational initiative in the Western Hemisphere, the global Capacity Building Program for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad, and other public-private partnerships strategic to the organization.
Key functions of this position under Partners of the Americas four strategic pillars are:
1. Through the implementation of programs, and through program development and outreach, grow and diversify Partners' programs, especially those funded by private, foundation, and non-USG government partners.
2. Through program implementation, program development, and relationship cultivation, develop and strengthen Partners ability to affiliate and work with HEls, corporations, and non-USG government actors.
3. Develop, implement and learn from new accountability systems required to work with an increasingnumber and diversity of new private,foundation, and non-USG government partners.
4. Champion Partners ofthe Americas' ability to implement impactful programs with a diversity of public and private partners. Increase the visibility of Partners and program stakeholders, and deepen our exposure to and visibility before private, foundation and government agencies.
The Senior Director must have demonstrated capacity to raise funds from corporations, foundations, and government agencies, ideally through proven success in initiatives supported through public-private partnerships. Experience in developing public-private partnerships, concept papers, proposals and a track record of successful cultivation of donors with resulting grants and gifts a prerequisite. He or she must be able to make sound decisions based on precedent and procedure, multi-task well, manage program teams focused on multiple priorities, identify and solve problems effectively, and have excellent writing and presentation skills.
• Administer program activities and outreach strategies in close collaboration with Partners of the Americas, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the U.S. Department of State;
• Raise funds from corporations, foundations and government agencies toward the goal of $10 million per year. Develop successful public-private partnerships, concept papers, and proposals and successfully cultivate donors to obtain grants and resource commitments.
• Oversee regionally-focused innovation grant competitions and globally-focused Capacity Buildingcompetitionsto spurinnovative approachesto increasing study abroad participation;
• Assist in coordination of technical assistance workshops, convening LAC, US, Canadian and other participants to share effective practices, build capacity, and form partnerships to increase study abroad;
• Track program outcomes and achievements according to the M&E plan presented in the proposal;
• Develop and manage a communications and marketing strategy, including working with DOS to ensure a strong website and web presence, to promote the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund in the partnership between Partners of the Americas, NAFSA and DOS;
• Manage an advisory board, if established, to raise resources and awareness about the initiative; and
• Manage relationships with key stakeholders, including embassies, government officials, private foundations, organizations, corporations, colleges and universities, and individuals from across the hemisphere.
• Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred, plus a minimum eight years' professional related experience in fundraising and/or international education.
• Proven track record in fundraising and donor management working with corporate or foundations.
• Experience managing U.S. government-funded programs and/or initiatives.
• Strong cross-cultural/ interpersonal skills and knowledge of Latin America. Ability to interact with stakeholders with cultural sensitivity fostering a supportive environment in person and in all forms of correspondence.
• Fluency in Spanish required; excellent oral and written skills in English and Spanish; Portuguese and/or French not required but encouraged.
• Strong computer skills including MS Word and Excel.
In addition, candidates should have demonstrated ability to work independently and be a team player; have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented; be able to manage time, set priorities, and meet deadlines; be enthusiastic and energetic; and be willing and flexible to undertake multiple tasks.
Interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter via our online application at http://www.partners.net/jobs. Position is open until filled. Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only finalists will be contacted.