Business Partnership Development Specialist - Education

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RTI International
United States
Apply by 11 December 2012
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 October 2012

Job Description

RTI is supporting education development around the world by strengthening education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning. From our well-established reputation in education system strengthening to our innovative work in early grade assessment and learning, RTI is improving education quality, relevance and efficiency. Managing international development projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and other donors and clients, we have experience working throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

RTI’s International Education Division is seeking a Business and Partnership Development Specialist (BPDS) to lead development and acquisition of new business and partnerships. The BPDS will identify and analyze new opportunities, support business capture, and manage, lead and write proposals for international education work funded by USAID and other donors and clients. In support of this, s/he will identify and develop public-private partnerships (PPPs) and cost-share alliances with private sector, foundation, and non-governmental partners. Under the supervision of the International Division’s Vice President, the BPDS will be based in either Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC (RTI headquarters) and will be expected to travel domestically and internationally approximately 35% of the time.

Specific Duties:

  • Lead business development for RTI’s International Education Division, including leading and writing proposals, working collaboratively with staff across RTI and with prospective partners.
  • Identify and research upcoming opportunities, including those not yet forecasted.
  • Collect and analyze data on donor (including DFID and AusAID), private sector businesses and foundations to prepare and qualify for new opportunities.
  • Represent RTI to donors, private sector companies, foundations, and professional and voluntary associations, identifying synergies and developing partnerships and alliances as appropriate.
  • Assess the technical needs of potential new clients and partners, and promising areas for cooperation; evaluate the feasibility and structure of appropriate agreements for those identified.
  • Develop strategies and partnerships to meet current project and future proposal PPP and cost share requirements; target partnerships that promote innovation.
  • Build overarching strategic alliances and identify and develop country-specific partnerships.
  • Manage, support and mentor program and project staff in the areas identified above.


  • Master’s degree required in education, international relations, business, communications, or a similarly appropriate field.
  • At least ten years related work experience, including in proposal leading and writing and working with PPPs, cost share and/or Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Prior overseas business development experience required in, in order of priority, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, or Latin America.
  • Experience working with both donors and the private sector; experience with USAID required, with DFID, AusAID or other donors a plus.
  • A self-starter, comfortable working independently and internationally.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Strong analytical, communication, networking and writing skills.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Excellent computer skills, including the ability to manage, organize and distill data. Experience with Salesforce and/or SharePoint an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of foreign language(s) (e.g., Arabic, Spanish, and French) an advantage.

About RTI

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 2,800 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.