Requisition ID: req1451
Job Title: Program Officer, Pre-Award Business Development
Sector: Program Administration
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ
The IRC is one of the leading providers of high quality programming for refugees resettling to the United States. The mission of the IRC’s US Programs (USP) Department is to create opportunities for refugees to survive and thrive in America. In 25 cities across the country, USP offers support in areas ranging from health and education to advocacy and legal services. The IRC is committed to developing innovative, context-specific programs in response to strategic funding opportunities with a range of public and private donors. This work is led at USP by the Resource Acquisition Team, in close collaboration with USP regional and technical units as well as the IRC Revenue Department.
Reporting to the Director of Business Development, the Program Officer is the primary focal point on pre-award business development issues for selected US Programs Department (USP) field offices. This position requires close collaboration with field and HQ colleagues in order to ensure that proposals from targeted offices consistently meet high standards and lead to effective program implementation.
* Serve as primary liaison to select USP field offices on all pre-award business development and quality control issues.
* Support field offices in the review, editing and submission of proposals to public and private donors.
* Responsible for overall quality control of proposals in line with IRC standards, including ensuring that IRC business process is adhered to and all internal reviews and approvals are completed prior to submission; finalize and submit full proposal package for USG federal opportunities.
* Review proposal budgets and budget narratives for accuracy, feasibility and consistency with a) the project design and its operational requirements and b) IRC and donor guidelines.
* Coordinate the proposal development process with other HQ staff, including regional directors, technical advisors, and AMU and Global Partnerships and Philanthropy department staff.
* Liaise with IRC Legal, Compliance, Human Resources and Finance units as necessary to support proposal development.
* Develop tools to help streamline USP business development processes and improve HQ support to field offices.
* Participate in relevant trainings and conferences; lead business development training sessions for field offices.
* Conduct prospecting research on key donors for selected field offices.
* Coordinate the transition of awards from the pre-award to the post-award phases, and liaise with the grants management team to process and manage grant amendments as necessary.
* Undertake additional tasks as assigned by the Direct of Business Development, including team-leading and writing sections of key proposals.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Director of Business Development, US Programs
Position directly supervises: N/A
Indirect Reporting: N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Position requires close collaboration with a variety of colleagues, including but not limited to: USP Resource Acquisition Team, field offices, the USP Program Quality and Innovation Unit, the Awards Management Unit, Finance, Legal and HR.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
* Significant grants management experience, preferably 4+ years
* Prior business development experience preferred
* Demonstrated experience developing and reviewing programmatic budgets
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
* Familiarity with US Government grant regulations
* Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
* Proven ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders to move proposals and projects forward
* Proven ability to work flexibly and to solve problems with appropriate input from relevant stakeholders
* Positive, forward looking and able to work well in a team oriented environment
Working Environment:Standard office work environment
About the Organization
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.