Location: Remote US, supporting a largely Portland, OR-based team
Position Status: Full-time, Regular
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.
Program / Department Summary Resource Development (RD) works to raise private funds, cultivating and maintaining relationships with private donors; define the agency’s brand, raising our public profile and sharing stories about our work by engaging with the media, the public, and our supporters; and producing a wide range of online and offline communications. We are passionate about Mercy Corps’ mission and dedicated to supporting our worldwide team that is improving the lives of 30 million people in more than 40 countries.
In support of that mission, the Corporate Partnerships Team manages Mercy Corps’ relationships with major US companies by raising unrestricted revenue, co-creating strategically restricted grants and elevating Mercy Corps’ brand profile. We set bold agency-wide strategies, develop and manage relationships with corporate partners, and advance Mercy Corps’ mission through funding and partnerships.
General Position Summary Mercy Corps is recruiting for a Deputy Director, Corporate Partnerships to join a dynamic team that is responsible for partnership development and fundraising in support of Mercy Corps’ global operations. The Deputy Director will support the Directors of Corporate Partnership in fulfilling the daily operations required for successful partnership, with a focus on partnership elements or opportunities that support relationship management, increase awareness and giving from employee audiences and raise strategic funds. The successful candidate will have relationship management experience, an understanding of industry trends in corporate social responsibility, and a successful track record of securing philanthropic gifts.
Essential Job Responsibilities PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECTS
Coordinate with internal stakeholders including field representatives, the Technical Support Unit, mass market fundraising, employee and matching gifts, marketing and communications to ensure that corporate donor relationships are successful. Collaborate with program operations to match key program needs with potential corporate funders. Manage the implementation of projects that support corporate partnerships, including donor meetings, profile elevating events, campaigns and communications to ensure donor satisfaction and increase the probability of ongoing support Write or edit concepts, proposals, reports, pitch decks, updates and stewardship materials. In partnership with Directors and Employee Engagement and Workplace Giving Officer, develop and implement employee engagement strategies to drive awareness and increase unrestricted support through workplace giving Develop and implement personalized communication and stewardship plans for key corporate partnerships Maintain a comprehensive understanding of key corporate partnerships in order to represent the companies and partnership strategies to internal stakeholders and provide business continuity when the Director is travelling or otherwise unavailable Supervisory Responsibility None.
Accountability**Reports Directly To:** Deputy Director, Corporate Partnerships + Engagement Works Directly With: Deputy Directors and Directors of Corporate Partnerships, Corporate and Foundations Partnerships team, key stakeholders in Brand Marketing and Communications, Technical Support Unit, field teams in over 40 countries.
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills ● Proven ability to manage projects and competing priorities
● 5 + years increasingly responsible work in corporate fundraising, corporate responsibility or corporate sales strongly preferred
● Successful track record managing donor relationships and securing donations in support of social impact work
● Strong oral and written communications skills
● Excellent problem solving and interpersonal skills
● Ability to work in teams to develop and execute strategy for successful partnership experience and engagement
● Understanding of the corporate decision-making process
● Understanding of international aid and development strongly preferred
Success Factors The successful Deputy Director, Corporate Partnerships will be an outstanding project manager and relationship builder, with both external and internal stakeholders. They will skillfully coordinate cross-functional teams to complete the projects and work required to move relationships forward and help Mercy Corps reach its partnership goals. They will demonstrate creativity and innovative thinking and be highly organized and results-focused. They will represent both the programs and heart of Mercy Corps to external audiences with passion and professionalism. Lastly, they will demonstrate empathy, strong emotional intelligence and ability to collaborate successfully with other teams.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions The position is U.S. based, open to remote. Most of the team is based in Portland, OR.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Ongoing Learning In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.