USA

Director of Fundraising & Design

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Overview

This is a full-time position that will drive ThinkWell’s growth and related new business functions. The Director will identify and deliver new collaborations and partnerships, leverage existing work and unlock new funding streams, and foster innovative ways of addressing old challenges within health systems. This will be attained through designing innovative, financially sound programs in direct support of ThinkWell’s mission and objectives and facilitating strategic, collaborative thinking with the program teams. The Director will be a proactive networker and play a major role in external engagement with global actors and facilitation of country team engagement with both regional and national actors. Leveraging from our existing strengths in health systems, this position will also grow ThinkWell’s work in areas such as commercial sector engagement, innovations, and technology, with a focus on determinants of health.

Currently, ThinkWell has four main pillars of growth which are led by our program and design teams;

  • Maintain and leverage existing work
  • Pursue adjacent areas of growth which pivot from existing work
  • Seek new opportunities that are directly related to our core domain areas of analytics, advisory, capacity building, strategic facilitation, and program implementation
  • Design new and innovative areas for diversification of our portfolio of programs

The Director reports to the Managing Director of Programs and leads the Design Lab team, the ThinkWell hub for fundraising and innovation while also contributing to the Program Strategy Group.

The Director is ideally located in one of ThinkWell global hubs in US or Europe

What you’ll do

Growth strategy and design

  • Actively facilitate the growth of our program portfolio, while infusing creativity and innovation at all stages from design to delivery;
  • Oversee the Design Lab to drive expansion in new domain areas and secure new funding sources through a range of strategies including; spinning off innovations from our existing portfolio, and productizing scalable approaches, developing complementary partnerships and leveraging existing partners to accelerate growth;
  • Embrace and represent the technical aspects of our work and serve as a key ideation expert, to design innovations for non-traditional areas of work and leverage opportunities within existing traditional projects to ideate innovations for non-traditional funders;
  • Participate in and contribute actively as a design lab representative on the Program Strategy Group.
  • Co-lead with country directors for business development in order to expand into new areas for comprehensive, transformational impact for existing countries);
  • Strengthen ThinkWell’s communications approach including via development of external communications materials which enhance ThinkWell’s visibility and profile.
  • Serve as a ThinkWell ambassador both internally and externally through networking with donors, program partners, and other stakeholders at meetings and events;
  • Oversee the Design Lab team, and provide mentorship and training to project teams on ideation, capture, business development strategies, and submission of quality proposals;
  • Support ideation across the company with program directors and managers and to identify innovative approaches within their portfolios that could serve as seeds for future fundraising, actively support design, concept development and proposals with teams;
  • Build capacity within the firm and provide training and mentorship, that will enable professional growth in creative program design and fundraising;
  • Partner closely with ThinkWell’s contracts, finance, and administration teams to ensure coherent working arrangements for all procurement and adherence to due diligence requirements for new business solicitations.

Design Lab Leadership

  • Serve as a ThinkWell ambassador both internally and externally through networking with donors, program partners, and other stakeholders at meetings and events;
  • Oversee the Design Lab team, and provide mentorship and training to project teams on ideation, capture, business development strategies, and submission of quality proposals;
  • Support ideation across the company with program directors and managers and to identify innovative approaches within their portfolios that could serve as seeds for future fundraising, actively support design, concept development and proposals with teams;
  • Build capacity within the firm and provide training and mentorship, that will enable professional growth in creative program design and fundraising;
  • Partner closely with ThinkWell’s contracts, finance, and administration teams to ensure coherent working arrangements for all procurement and adherence to due diligence requirements for new business solicitations.we are:

ThinkWell core values are our fundamental organizational guiding principles. They define our corporate culture, influence our behavior at work and help us achieve our mission. Our values are:

  • Think big
  • Influence the conversation
  • Empower others
  • Be exceptional
  • Always question
  • Relate authentically
  • Evolve by learningyou are:

ThinkWell core competencies are foundational skills and behaviors that align with our values and are expected of all employees.

An entrepreneurial, results-oriented ‘do-er’ with a willingness to take risk, think big and challenge conventional wisdom.

A change maker who reaches independent judgement with an open mind, influences the conversation, and seeks innovation.

Able to help create an empowering environment in which everyone feels free to take initiative, be accountable and fail intelligently (learn from mistakes).

A collaborative colleague who engages constructively with people from different cultures, orientations, and perspectives and maintains positive relations in a virtual world.

Principally motivated by a growth mindset, meaning the pursuit of knowledge, experience, and self-improvement. You always question and continuously learn.

Authentic, honest, direct, self-aware and open to giving and receiving feedback.

Requirements

Your qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 12 years of experience, or Graduate degree plus 10 years of experience.
  • Significant technical knowledge in health systems and substantive work experience in health and adjacent sectors;
  • Extensive experience working with traditional bi lateral donors, foundations and philanthropy groups;
  • Demonstrated skills in strategy development and implementation, leadership, capacity building, mentoring, fundraising, impact investing and problem solving;
  • A senior leader, with an entrepreneurial mindset who is able to rally staff around ThinkWell’s mission and priorities;
  • A thoughtful systems thinker with grounded, pragmatic understanding of the complexities of our work;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with external strategic partners, donors, and stakeholders;
  • Outstanding cross-cultural communication skills, including the ability to relate respectfully with staff at all levels, ages, genders, nationalities and orientations as well as across work areas;
  • Excellent spoken, analytical, and writing skills in English and preferably in another language (eg, French);
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of time

How to apply

Apply through our website: https://apply.workable.com/thinkwell/j/29B29F5A08/