The International Rescue Committee's (IRC) External Relations (ER) department enables the IRC to have the resources needed to continue serving 18 million people worldwide in places affected by war and disaster, to shape the humanitarian sector by influencing key policies and reforms, and to build and grow IRC’s reputation. The USA Philanthropy unit, part of the ER department, leads on the organization’s work with USA-based High-Net-Worth Individuals. Global Partnerships and Philanthropic Services (GPPS) is a separate team, whose objective is to serve the partnership and philanthropic needs and functions of both the High Value teams, namely Institutional Philanthropy and Partnerships (IPP) and USA Philanthropy.
The Manager, Major Giving will play a vital role in supporting the Major Giving team within USA Philanthropy, helping to manage distinct portfolios of high-net-worth donors and prospects and acting in very close collaboration with Major Giving Officers and leadership to supervise progress on and implement strategy for some of our most important donor relationships. The Manager will work to support the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a defined portfolio of IRC prospects and donors for assigned Major Giving Officer(s). The Manager will coordinate stewardship reporting requirements, ongoing communications, information management, and donor database updates. The Manager will also closely collaborate across ER to coordinate donor engagement, stewardship, and recognition consistent with donor stewardship plans, and to maintain up-to-date portfolios for assigned Officer(s). This position will report to the Director of Major Giving.
This role offers a multifaceted growth opportunity for someone eager to advance to front-line fundraising.
- Collaborate with assigned Officer(s) to carry out strategies for high-net-worth individuals within each's portfolio, bringing in critical revenue for the organization;
- Draft correspondence that support the Officer’s interactions with portfolio, including general and targeted communications such as letters and contact reports.
- Coordinate with relevant GPPS teams to develop communications that support donor strategy such as concept notes, proposals, presentations and reports, from drafts through to final line-editing and formatting of finalized material;
- Prepare and help with materials, agendas, and briefings for external prospect and donor meetings, and for internal strategy meetings;
- With the Officer(s), monitor and manage expectations and objectives for each donor and prospect within the portfolio, including adhering to stewardship reporting requirements and timeframes;
- Alongside the Officer(s), act as the liaison between donors or prospects and field staff, ensuring both parties receive the most critical information and that it is communicated clearly and strategically reflective of its audience;
- Collaborate closely with Prospect Research and Management, Analytics, and Operations to track the entire donor cycle for Major Giving.
- Be responsible for updating the donor database (Salesforce) to maintain portfolio assignments, build and update giving proposals, request prospect research, review report requirements and submissions, track ongoing donor communication and activity as well as additional relationship management duties;
- Manage information flows between donors and prospects, program staff and Officer(s);
- Supervise the internal drafting and approval processes vital for proposals, reports, and budgets;
- Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with GPPS colleagues and IRC program/support staff globally, and
- Undertake special projects as directed.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree desirable but not required.
Work Experience: Minimum 2-3 years previous work experience, preferably gained in a development or fundraising team, non-profit, marketing, or sales team.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- Sound written communications skills and verbal presentation skills;
- Well-developed project management skills with the ability to take initiative, keep to timelines, and to prioritize between conflicting demands;
- Understanding of the role of written communications in building and maintaining individual and institutional relationships;
- Ability to identify, build, and implement processes vital to support effective donor relationships;
- Ability to collaborate and establish relationships with different internal teams, regardless of distance, to garner support for initiatives and to complete project effectively
- Highly computer literate, to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as familiarity with CRM databases, including Salesforce;
- Ability to respond quickly to changes in short-term work priorities;
- Ability to analyze and interpret financial data;
- Dedication to fundraising for international development, humanitarian, human rights, social justice, and US immigrant communities;
Working Environment: This role requires working remotely part-time (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work from during regularly scheduled hours.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.