The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 150 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.
The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to reproductiverights.org.
Job Title: Director, Donor Relations, Bilateral and Multilateral Funding
The Director, Donor Relations will be responsible for overseeing relationship management with key Government donors , and ensuring staff optimize their donor communications at different levels of the organization. This role will oversee relationship management with target donors and ensure that any new donor policies are shared in a timely fashion and that the requisite analysis is provided to understand the impact. The postholder will develop and execute engagement strategies with target donor countries, coordinate and liase with Senior Management across the global organization on stakeholder engagement priorities, represent the Center at senior level meetings, initiate engagement with prospective donors and partners, and manage a portfolio of donors. This is a new position that will be key to the delivery of the Center's refreshed bilateral funding strategy.
The Director will also serve as a key member of the Center's management team, responsible for the day to day operations of their program as well as contributing to the Center's strategy. He/she will embody the values of transparency, collaboration, and open communication to foster and inspire a positive team environment within and across departments. This individual must have demonstrated prior experience coaching, mentoring, and developing team members to drive performance in support of the Center's mission. The individual must be adaptable with the ability to judge multiple competing priorities, switching between strategic and tactical approaches. This is an ideal position for a change agent looking to make a valuable contribution.
This position will be based in Europe.
- Lead on the identification, mapping, and analysis of key Government funding opportunities.
- Lead on developing a strong donor relationship management culture at the Center, with clear protocols agreed by Senior Management
- Lead the development of donor profiles, Donor Action Plans, and stakeholder analysis in key donor countries and work in collaboration with policy, advocacy, and communications colleagues to deliver integrated approaches to target key Governments (driving profile, influence, and funding).
- Working closely with the bilateral funding team, carry out market analysis in the SRHR donor market to detect trends.
- Remain current on latest funding trends and policies
- Advise the Senior Management on current and anticipated developments with key donors to inform priorities, engagement, and decisions
- Undertake direct representation with donor contacts, and support and facilitate other staffs' donor relationships.
- Foster, manage, and strengthen key relationships with target stakeholders, prospective donors and partners from target countries.
- Coordinate briefings and pitches for use with specific donor agencies supported by comprehensive understanding of polices and priorities.
- With the bilateral funding team, develop and implement strategies, tactics and tools to position the Center as the premier, effective, and innovative agency in the view of key Government partners
- Work closely with staff developing program funding proposals to ensure shared intelligence and coordinated approaches
- Oversee the implementation of Donor Action Plans for target countries as appropriate, ensuring focused outreach, cultivation, and stewardship of high priority donors
- Develop and implement an effective donor relationship management system to track and share information on donors, opportunities, and meeting outcomes
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of donor funding priorities, strategies, key staff, policy makers, and regulations that will affect the Center, such as International Aid Transparency Initiative compliance and advocacy regulations
- Play an active leadership role in the global Center network, with a particular emphasis on maintaining effective partnerships and collaboration with the New York office.
- Contribute to the development of a strong case for support that resonates in particular with Government donors
- Provide the bilateral funding team with guidance on donor policies, and standardized text to use in proposals
- Represent the Center at external meetings, events, and forums
- Bachelor's Degree required; advanced degree a plus.
- 8-10 years experience of working in the not-for-profit sector managing Government donor relations;
- High level of comfort interacting with donors and policy makers, and a successful track record of cultivating and stewarding high-level donor relationships.
- At least 5 years experience in a team management role, developing roles and remits, as well as managing staff
- Extensive knowledge of relevant European and global donor policies, priorities, and financing mechanisms.
- Knowledge of funding flows for SRHR an asset.
- Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
- Ability to build strong relationships across the organization, including senior stakeholders and field staff
- Strong written and communication skills including proposals, business cases, reports, briefing papers, and pitch presentations.
- Experienced in relationship development; positioning with donors and in prioritizing engagement focus.
- Proven analytical skills: the ability to identify key points from complex materials and produce succinct summaries and analysis of trends or significant items.
- First-hand experience in building and managing donor relations and representation of the organization to diverse audiences, including at a senior level.
- Experience in a team management role, developing roles and remits as well as managing staff.
- Demonstrable experience of driving integrated advocacy, communications, and fundraising approaches to access Government funding desirable
- Experience of developing DFID business cases an asset
- Analytical thinker, detail-oriented, team player who takes initiative and has the ability to work independently.
- Experience in developing countries, preferably in the context of an NGO or International Organization (UN or major donor or similar) desirable
- Commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values.
Critical Position Qualities:
- Strategic Thinker: The ability to apply big picture and long-term thinking to problem-solving and decision-making;
- Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives;
- Accountability: Holds themselves and others accountable;
- Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members;
- Commitment to Learning: Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve;
- Passion for Coaching and Mentoring Staff: Creates opportunities for learning with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members;
- Collaborative: Willingness to invite and listen to different views and opinions across all levels of the institution;
- Adaptive/Flexibility: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups.
- Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one's approach as the requirements of a situation change. "Out of the box" thinking is a plus.
The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
How to Apply
How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.
Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.
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