Deputy Director, Global Development – Foundation Partnerships

U.S. Fund for UNICEF
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Deputy Director, Global Development – Foundation Partnerships (New York, NY)

Reporting to Senior Director, Global Development, this post is responsible for proactively growing and securing new partnerships with leading U. S. private foundations and institutions. Special focus will be on the following associated areas of work:

  • Develop, manage and expand grants/grant-based initiatives that will effectively leverage the Foundations team’s leading institutional funding partners in support of various cross-cutting areas of UNICEF’s work, based on UNICEF’s and the USF’s common mission of saving and improving the lives of children worldwide.
  • Under the Senior Director’s leadership, grow projects and relationships that will allow the Foundation Partnerships team to flexibly pursue and diversify high-impact opportunities for increasing support to UNICEF across various areas of these institutions.

Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

The Deputy Director will contribute to and implement the USF’s strategy to grow partnerships with leading U.S. Foundations, and will be responsible for achieving aggressive revenue targets as part of the Global Development workstream and overall Foundation Partnerships team’s annual goals.

The Deputy Director will:

  • Assist Senior Director to devise and implement the Foundation Business Development Strategy to achieve revenue targets defined in the USF strategic plan, by cultivating and building alliances with US-based Foundations and Institutions.
  • Identify and develop new strategic and collaborative funding opportunities/initiatives with current and potential partners.
  • Formulate and implement individual plans and strategies for developing key partnerships and initiatives under the programmatic work areas defined above, coordinating necessary internal and external resources to ensure all grant programs are effectively executed and partners’ needs are fully met.
  • Demonstrate and deploy strong knowledge of UNICEF’s global role as it relates to the programmatic work areas defined above, in writing and in person.
  • Lead the implementation of a thematic new business plan, and oversee a portfolio of prospects. Develop a dashboard and market mapping for new business tracking to use across the Global Development workstream as well as the wider Foundation Partnerships team.
  • Collaborate with USF departments on cross-organizational special projects, initiatives, and lead special projects, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to grants development/grants management, develop and manage grant agreements, sub-awards and contracts for non-UNICEF implementing partners; draft and approve scopes of work, budgets, and reporting forms.
  • Serve as internal and external champion for USF’s foundations partnerships work.

Grants Management:

  • Serve as administrative and financial manager over the lifetime of assigned projects, tracking implementation progress, funds utilization and progress toward achievement of project milestones and results.
  • Ensure timely receipt of project deliverables and required reports; prepare and submit consolidated reports to funders and other internal and external stakeholders on the progress of UNICEF’s partnerships with foundations.
  • Take a leading role in negotiations of grant agreements and contracts, conduct due diligence to identify legal, procedural and financial issues for potential grants prior to proposal submission/approval, and over the life of multi-year grant-funded projects.
  • Participate in executing partner engagement opportunities per the programmatic work areas defined above, in coordination with the Foundation Partnerships Engagement Strategy.
  • Liaise with UNICEF and other internal/external USF stakeholders on key issues under the programmatic work areas defined above, including individual projects/initiatives. Additionally, serve as an internal resource to the team and the wider agency on global and sectoral developments within these work areas.


  • Contribute to strengthening and further developing the Foundation Partnerships team’s internal and external “best practice” processes and mechanisms, including for grants management.
  • Mentor/train staff in Foundation Partnerships team on grants management processes and other key team operations; possible management responsibilities over time as determined by the leadership of the Foundation Partnerships team and according to the overall business needs of the organization.

New Business Development:

  • Lead and implement new business strategy to drive income growth.
  • Represent the USF at meetings and conferences to remain appraised of global development trends and issues and explore new opportunities for engagement.
  • Under the Senior Director’s leadership, integrate these new business opportunities into the overall strategy and planning for cultivating, managing and growing the Global Development workstream of grants/grant-based initiatives as described above, including forecasting results.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree in international development, international relations, global/public health, public policy/advocacy, economics or a related field strongly preferred.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in developing and managing complex partnerships with leading U. S./international institutional funding partners and in private foundation grants cultivation and management, with demonstrated track record of successfully achieving funding for/administering large-scale projects.
  • Knowledge of, and preferably direct experience with, grant-making rules, regulations and policies of U. S. private foundations as well as federal grant-making institutions; familiarity with current global health/development issues, UN agencies.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, excellent communication, and entrepreneurial thinking. Must be able to formulate strategies and concepts and influence others. Ability to build relationships with diverse individuals, and direct experience engaging with senior-level decision makers and influencers in foundations / philanthropy community.
  • Significant business development and relationship building skills, and proven ability to meet revenue targets. Direct experience in data and monitoring, technology for development a plus.
  • Demonstrated management experience desirable.
  • Some travel required, within the U.S. and internationally.
  • Must demonstrate USF Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service.

Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.