SOS Children's Villages - USA, Inc.
  • Development
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 65000-70000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Partnerships Development Officer

This position can be based in Washington, DC or remote within the US.


SOS Children's Villages USA ("SOS USA") is the United States philanthropic affiliate of a large worldwide Federation, SOS Children's Villages International. A public charity, SOS USA draws revenue from sponsors of children and villages, sustainers, major donors, foundations, and corporations, across direct mail, digital and direct cultivation. SOS Children's Villages is the world's largest organizations dedicated to the care of children without parental care and families at risk of separation. We operate in 138 countries and territories, and our comprehensive approach - strengthening families and communities, providing long-term care for children, educating, and empowering youth, and advocating for children's rights - transforms the lives of millions of children and families each year. And when humanitarian crises strike, we provide affected children and families with the supplies and support they need.

The Opportunity

You will be an integral member of the SOS USA Partnerships Team, researching grant opportunities, writing proposals, and raising funds to support children without parental care in 138 countries and territories around the world.

This position includes extensive prospecting and research; the writing of compelling concepts and proposals reflecting innovative programs and initiatives in approximately 10 countries; management of a reporting and stewardship calendar for the portfolio; and close coordination with colleagues from across the global organization - all done with a focus on the overarching goal of increasing robust corporate and foundation revenue growth for SOS USA so that we can advance the mission of providing a loving home for every child.

Your goal will be to research funding opportunities, identify prospects, and develop winning proposal submissions in collaboration with country offices. You will be the voice of SOS USA's institutional donors and ensure that their funds for SOS programs are being monitored, evaluated, and executed per scope and investment. You will help the institutional investors of SOS USA see the value of their investments and ensure that the impacts of their donations are documented and shared.

Role and Responsibilities

· Prospect and qualify new and existing leads and grow portfolio to achieve ambitious revenue goals.

· Research grants and funding opportunities from a variety of sources including but not limited to private foundations, government agencies, and other institutions.

· Write concept notes, proposals, LOIs, donor communications and outreach, and donor acknowledgments.

· Establish robust institutional knowledge by tracking all foundation correspondence, meeting notes, solicitation progress, and action items in the SOS USA database, while maintaining an up to-date grants calendar.

· Grow a pipeline of institutional funders and cultivate them to become investment partners with SOS USA

· Maintain records, files, and documents for past and present grant opportunities on shared network drives and Salesforce CRM.

· Maintain a grant docket and other systems to track proposal and reporting schedules, keeping program staff apprised of information needs, milestones, and deadlines.

· Contribute to the maintenance of digital and non-digital files for donor/prospect information and materials.

· Contribute to tracking and coding grants contacts and actions in the donor database to assist with targeted communications and moves management.

· Accurately track and report on KPIs, ensuring that critical activities are carried out at targeted volume in order to deliver expected results.

· Build project budgets and budget narratives in collaboration with finance team and the program country team.

· Remotely build effective peer working relationships with country teams.

· Create compelling statistics, stories, and data visualizations to convey program impact.

· Create deliverables - decks, one-pagers, case studies, white papers - to showcase programs.

· Develop and deliver donor stewardship touchpoints, including quarterly and annual updates to partners, in writing, by phone, or in-person.

· Support new business development initiatives through identification of potential funding sources aligned with program objectives and content creation, including building robust narratives and other donor facing materials.

· Develop and maintain a 'story bank' of donor profiles and constituent impact stories for various applications.

· Processes grant acknowledgments and agreements.

· Commit to aspire for and maintain, report, and respond to the required conduct of the Child Protection Policy of SOS International. (Safeguarding children - SOS Children's Villages International (

Preferred Qualifications

· Bachelors' degree.

· Minimum 3 years' fundraising and grants experience preferred, ideally at an international development non-profit.

· Experience working at an international NGO.

· Track record of securing grants and partnerships.

· Knowledge of prospect research resources and best practices,

· Experience successfully researching, writing, submitting, and securing awards for foundation and corporate partners.

· Experience in CRM software such as Salesforce (or equivalent).

· First-rate writing, communication, budgeting, and data analysis skills for expert reporting.

· Ability and willingness to change work practices/hours to accommodate coordination with country teams and deliver against tight or unanticipated deadlines.

· Ability to travel as needed in support of program and organizational needs, including to remote locations within developing contexts.

· Self-starter who can work with minimal supervision while meeting agreed-upon metrics and goals.

· Fluent written and spoken English.

· Exceptional interpersonal skills, including strong written and oral communication and the ability to positively engage with individuals from a range of backgrounds.

· Commitment for the work of SOS Children's Villages and the vital role we play in empowering children, youth, families, and communities.

This position can be based in Washington, DC or remote within the US.

SOS Children's Villages is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity - in backgrounds and in experience. We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply

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