Deputy Director - Corporate Partnerships

Fundraising Portland, Oregon


About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

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

The Deputy Director, Corporations will be a key part of a dynamic team that is responsible for partnership development to support Mercy Corps’ global operations. The Deputy Director will support the Directors of Corporate Partnerships in fulfilling the daily operations required for successful partnership, with a focus on partnership elements or opportunities that increase awareness and giving from employee audiences and raise unrestricted funds.


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.
  • Develop and implement personalized communication and stewardship plans for key corporate partnerships
  • 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
  • Write or edit concepts, proposals, reports, pitch decks, updates and stewardship materials.
  • Manage the implementation of projects that support corporate partnerships, including trips and meetings, profile elevating events, campaigns and communications to ensure donor satisfaction and increase the probability of ongoing support.
  • Collaborate with program operations to match key program needs with potential corporate funders.
  • 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
  • Serve as deputy to the Director in representing Mercy Corps to corporate partners and prospects.


Organizational Learning 

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
    to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Managing Director

Works Directly With: Directors of Corporate Partnerships, Corporate and Foundations Partnerships team, key stakeholders in Resource Development, Technical Support Unit, field teams in over 40 countries.


Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications or related field.
  • Proven ability to manage projects and competing priorities.
  • 5 years increasingly responsible work in corporate fundraising or corporate responsibility strongly preferred.
  • 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 international aid and development .preferred.
  • Understanding of the corporate decision making process.


Success Factors

The successful Deputy Director, Corporate Partnerships will be an outstanding project manager and relationship builder, particularly with internal stakeholders within Mercy Corps. S/he 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. S/he will be able to represent Mercy Corps to key corporate stakeholders. S/he will be able to sell Mercy Corps’ mission and engagement opportunities with passion and professionalism.


Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in Portland, Oregon and it requires up to 20% travel domestically and abroad.

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.


Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.  Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment