Purpose of the Job
The Foundations Officer will identify and generate new business
development opportunities, create and steward partnerships, and
manage awards with private foundations, with a particular focus on
larger opportunities. The position is expected to cultivate
and grow relationships with potential and current foundation
funders, and to track, capture and respond to funding opportunities
by coordinating and submitting proposals for and manage grants from
private foundations based in the US for the purpose of supporting
HI's mission and projects.
This position will work closely with members of the US and
global Institutional Funding teams, other US-based personnel
(technical, communications, private fundraising, advocacy), HI
staff based at headquarters and in field programs, and external
donors and partner organizations.
The position will be responsible for managing the coordination
and submission of proposals to foundations, including adherence to
internal due diligence processes and procedures and donor
The Foundations Officer will be responsible for creating and
internally disseminating appropriate tools and training materials
for private foundation grants related to applications, grant
management and reporting, and project closeout. The position will
measure progress according to agreed-upon performance indicators
and report on this monitoring at regular intervals. The position
will ensure that all materials produced will be made available
through shared drives or other knowledge management.
Because private foundations regularly revise or establish new
procedures, this position will help create and update internal best
practices in donor compliance for private foundations, working
across teams within HI. The position is expected to communicate
regularly with colleagues in HI’s global network and other national
associations concerning developments of general interest for
The position will manage the US portfolio of private foundation
grants, and steward the HI relationship among private foundations.
This includes organizing regular exchanges, briefings, and other
contacts between relevant US-based and other HI staff as well as
external foundation representatives.
Existing knowledge of U.S. private foundations providing support
to international humanitarian and development activities,
preferably those aligned with HI’s mission, with a proven track
record of successful proposal submission and grant management.
Strong English-language writing, verbal and presentation skills;
professional level French highly desirable. Ability to manage
pressure and to meet deadlines. Ability to work in
multicultural, matrixed team environment and to mobilize key staff
based in remote locations through appropriate channels. Strong
networking ability, and cross-cultural sensitivity; existing
network of major private foundation contacts highly desired.
Bachelor's degree highly preferred in international development,
international affairs or a related field.
At least five years of experience and proven success seeking and
obtaining private foundation grants for nonprofits, preferably from
those engaged in and supporting international humanitarian and
Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally
(5-10% annually). If teleworking, regular visits to Silver
Spring, MD, office required.
People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply!