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Foundation Partnerships Director

Relief International
District of Columbia, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 25, 2023

Join the Relief International Team as Foundation Partnerships Director, you will lead in identifying, cultivating and growing engagement with medium to large size institutional foundations.

  • Based in US, remote homebased (operating on East Coast time)  
  • Travel:  As needed, this role is expected to travel up to 25%, to RI country programs and Washington DC
  • Note you must have the right to work in the USA and that national terms and conditions apply
  • This role is classified as requiring advanced pre-employment checks
About Relief International

Relief International (RI) is active in 15 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile settings: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.  Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities. 

  • RI employs about 5,000 staff and auxiliary workers 
  • 97% of staff are local nationals and there are about 90 international (expat) staff. 
  • 2022 programs budget is about $130M   

RI receives funding from a broad range of institutional donors – US,UK, Europe, and the UN, to delivery life-saving and resilience building programming with communities and local and international partners.  RI supports solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, RI’s crisis response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change.


About the opportunity

You will be part of a small and successful busy Program Development team and align closely with the Philanthropy team to expand RI’s donor base across the USA, UK, Europe and beyond.  Your role will work closely with the Head of Programs, Chief Program Officer, Chief Development and Communications Officer, and Leadership Team to build and develop partnerships.

You will be an experienced leader engaged with Foundations bringing an innovative approach to drive new areas of opportunity in fundraising and lead efforts to build strategy for RI’s teams to pursue foundational funding. 

Your role will be to:

  • Strategic leadership to develop and deliver a Foundations Partnership strategy targeting medium to large scale foundations in the US and Europe to complement already existing program and donor base
  • Develop capture strategy, key outlets and timing to drive forward annual work plans aligning Program Development resources at the global, regional and Country Office level, ensuring availability of resources to develop proposals alongside fiscal year timeline
  • Collaborate with Country Directors, Regional Directors and Philanthropy to identify and develop program funding proposals to raise grant income from foundations and corporate donors
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with country and INGO partner institutions and foundations to position RI for further development
  • Coordinate with the Program Development team to develop proposals from inception to submission that may include design, writing and editing
You will bring…
  • Progressive senior management and leadership in foundations partnership experience
  • Demonstrated success working in all elements of the program development cycle
  • Track record of achievement; strong network skills to support programmatic objectives
  • Excellent communication, representation and writing skills with proven ability to tell a compelling stories
  • An engaging approach, able to infuse joy and a can-do spirit while keeping the team members focused on deliverables
  • Kindness, humility, and compassion
  • Desire to contribute to a joyful place to work
How to apply

To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page.

  • You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter.
  • The cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.


Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

COVID 19: To ensure a safe workplace, RI follows government requirements, and in some locations a mandatory vaccination policy applies.  When working or traveling on RI business, all staff, contractors and visitors must follow the rules and entry requirements of the country.

Relief International has a zero-tolerance policy for unlawful harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse. Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references, and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

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