Assistant Director, Foundation Partnerships

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 October 2018
  • New York, United States
  • Closing on 14 November 2018
  • Current

Job Description

Assistant Director, Foundation Partnerships

UNICEF USA is seeking an Assistant Director to support its portfolio of partners and grants within the Foundation Partnerships team.

Foundation Partnerships works with leading U. S. private foundations and institutions in support of various cross-cutting areas of UNICEF’s work, including Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Polio Eradication, Institutional Strengthening, Water/Sanitation & Hygiene, Education, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Child Protection & Social Inclusion, Advocacy (Domestic & Global), Public-Private Partnerships and other Special Initiatives based on UNICEF’s and UNICEF USA’s common mission of saving and improving the lives of children worldwide.

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

Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director will assist in managing and growing a portfolio of grants/grant-based initiatives that effectively leverage leading global health, nutrition and development partners in support of UNICEF’s program and advocacy goals. In addition, the Assistant Director is responsible for cultivating relationships and identifying opportunities that can be leveraged to broaden and deepen support for UNICEF’s efforts on behalf of the world’s children.

The Assistant Director, Foundation Partnerships will:

  • Implement the team’s Business Development Strategy to achieve revenue targets defined in the UNICEF USA strategic plan in collaboration with the Director and the team, by cultivating and building “best of class” 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 good working knowledge of UNICEF’s global role as it relates to the programmatic work areas defined above, in writing and in person
  • Collaborate with UNICEF USA 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

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 UNICEF USA 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
  • Liaise with UNICEF USA finance and compliance personnel to resolve any legal, procedural or financial issues regarding grants, sub-grants and contracts
  • Mentor/train junior staff in Foundation Partnerships team on grants management processes and other key team operations

Business Development

  • Support and implement new business strategy to drive income growth
  • Conduct research, analyze data and develop presentations to help formulate partnership strategies and identify partners and relationships that will serve the organization’s mission and goals
  • Represent the UNICEF USA at meetings and conferences to remain appraised of global health and development trends and issues and explore new opportunities for engagement
  • Cultivate new grant opportunities with multiple U. S. foundation partners and other key internal/external stakeholders
  • Support communication efforts to engage with current and prospective partners under the Foundation Partnerships team business development strategy (e.g., manage outreach to partners, liaise with and coordinate internal stakeholder groups as needed)


  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree strongly preferred in international development, international relations, global/public health, public policy/advocacy, economics or a related field
  • Minimum of 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, including at least 3 – 4 years’ experience 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 program officers, senior-level decision makers and influencers in foundations / philanthropy community
  • Significant business development and relationship building skills, and proven ability to meet revenue targets
  • Some travel required, within the U.S. and internationally
  • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA 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.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition, UNICEF USA offers a comprehensive benefits package.

UNICEF USA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit

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