New York, NY Preferred / Remote
About the Organization
Synergos is a global non-profit organization solving complex
issues around the world by advancing bridging leadership, a style
of leadership which builds trust and collective action. Our
experience over the last 35 years tells us that collaboration
releases more and better solutions than working alone. Today, we
help dismantle systems that create the most urgent problems of our
time: poverty, social injustice, and climate change. Our work has
employed our Bridging Leadership methodology in a variety of areas:
drowning prevention in Bangladesh, leadership development in
Ethiopia, agricultural development in Nigeria, youth
entrepreneurship in MENA, maternal health in Namibia, teen
empowerment in South Africa, non-profit capacity building in Brazil
Together with partners in more than 30 countries, Synergos
focuses on transforming how people across sectors and divides come
together, develop deeper understanding, create shared vision, and
take collective action to solve deeply entrenched societal
problems. This model can be applied to many areas of social change
and especially with networks of philanthropists and civil society
About the Opportunity
Synergos seeks a Senior Manager, Institutions ("Senior Manager")
to lead fundraising activities from institutional sources, mainly
foundations, both private and corporate. They will identify funding
opportunities and develop partnerships with donors, both US and
internationally, to support, sustain and expand our long-term
programs. The Senior Manager will work closely with colleagues
across the world, notably in Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa,
Bangladesh and more to identify new funders that are working to
address issues such as poverty, climate change and social
injustice. They will identify grant opportunities as well as build
on existing relationships with the Rockefeller Foundation,
Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Gates Foundation and others. Further,
the Senior Manager will identify funding opportunities for our
global networks such as the Global Philanthropists Circle, the
first donor network of its kind established in 2002 by Synergos
Founder Peggy Dulany and her late father David Rockefeller Sr. They
will also support the funding of the Synergos Global Network, an
ambitious plan to bring together all of the connections which
Synergos has built over the last 35 years.
This is an exciting and varied role, with exposure to
international programs across a range of issues.
Reporting to the Director, Development and Marketing, the Senior
Manager will work with a small development team and will actively
engage with Country Directors, Philanthropy, and various Program
Leaders. They will represent Synergos and its mission, programs,
and strategies in meetings with funders, thought leaders and other
Strategic Business Development
- Create and implement a multi-year development plan for
institutions to support the organization’s goals and business plans
in collaboration with international program colleagues.
- Research, identify, and build relationships with a range of
grantors to create a robust pipeline of support for Synergos’ key
- Collaborate actively with the CEO, Board of Directors,
Philanthropy, Country Directors, and Program Leads to appropriately
leverage contacts and involvement to engage with foundation
prospects, research funding prospects, identify connections to new
funders and funding sources, and develop approaches to ask and
build productive relationships.
Donor Stewardship and Administration
- Write grants and cultivate, solicit, and secure gifts through
principally private and corporate foundations, but also government
and international development agencies where applicable.
- Compose clear, articulate grant proposals and documents that
make a reasoned, compelling case supporting the requested
contribution, including goals and expected outcomes.
- Collaborate with the development and communications teams to
develop personalized communication and stewardship strategies to
aid in donor solicitation and cultivation.
- Assure strong policies, practices, and systems for managing the
portfolio of donors’ financial reporting, and compliance with donor
rules and regulations in a manner that sustains donor confidence in
About the Successful Candidate
The successful candidate will be a creative, self-driven and
entrepreneurial development professional with a strong
understanding of and experience in the private and corporate
foundation landscape. The Senior Manager will be a consummate
relationship builder with the ability to match the appropriate
funder to Synergos’ international portfolio of programs as well as
help funders achieve their own philanthropic objectives and other
mission critical goals. A candidate with international and
institutional fundraising experience is required and at least 3
years of grant-writing experience is required.
A strong candidate would bring/be:
- At least 4 years of experience working in a frontline
institutional fundraising role with international experience.
- Proven track record of soliciting and securing 6-7 figure
funding commitments and large-scale foundation support.
- Strong knowledge of fundraising principles, high-level gift
strategies, operational infrastructure, and philanthropic
foundation community particularly those in the realm of
- Outstanding written, listening, and spoken communication
skills, demonstrated success in reaching across organization and
- Highly motivated self-starter who is engaging, resilient, and
resourceful with the ability to adapt and thrive in an environment
of ambiguity and evolution.
- A collaborative, honest, and authentic approach to working with
internal and external colleagues to maximize the effectiveness of
projects and programs.
- An interest in technology with sound working knowledge of
Microsoft Dynamics CRM strongly preferred. Knowledge of Monday.com
- The highest standards of ethics, integrity, and values
consistent with those of Synergos.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Occasional domestic and international travel possible but not
$75K-$100K plus benefits depending on experience and geographic
- We’re driven by purpose. We’re a values-driven organization
that’s laser focused on improving lives. around the world by
- We value you. We offer a competitive salary and excellent
- We’re a dynamic community. You’ll work with a diverse,
dedicated, compassionate staff and innovative global networks of
Please email cover letter and resume or nominations in
confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Synergos offers outstanding benefits that include health,
dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term
disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b),
generous vacation, personal sick leave, parental/adoption leave,
commuter benefits, community service day and much more.
Synergos is committed to creating a diverse work environment and
is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not
discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of
race, color, sex (including gender identity, nonconformity,
presentation or expression), sexual orientation, religion, national
origin, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any
other characteristic made unlawful to consider by applicable
federal, state, or local laws. We encourage individuals of all
backgrounds to apply.
In addition, Synergos is committed to providing reasonable
accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act and applicable state and local laws.