STA - Deputy Director - Founding Partnerships

Fundraising Portland, Oregon Anywhere, United States


Location: anywhere in the United States
Position Status: Full-time thru June 2022
Salary: $76,000-84,000

Current unrestricted US work authorization is required at the time of application for this position.

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.

The Program / Department / Team

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’s improving the lives of 30 million people in more than 40 countries.

In support of that mission, the Foundations team (CFT) manages Mercy Corps’ relationships with major US foundations by co-creating strategically restricted grants and leading Big Bet proposal processes. We set bold agency-wide strategies, manage relationships with foundation partners, and support relationships initiated by our RD and program colleagues around the world. 

The Position

The temporary Deputy Director, Foundations 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 Managing Director and Director of Foundation Partnerships by managing the daily and strategic aspects of partnerships. 

Essential Job Responsibilities 

  • Manage proposal development processes for foundation partnerships. Coordinate with internal stakeholders including Regional Program Teams, Policy and Advocacy, Technical Support Unit, International Finance, and other teams within Resource Development to successfully submit high quality proposals that reflect donor interests and drive forward key Mercy Corps compass objectives.
  • Create pitch decks and concept notes - in partnership with program staff - that reflect Mercy Corps’ strategic objectives and also speak to the target donor audience.
  • Provide project management support for preparations for trips and meetings (draft talking points, coordinate prep and follow up for ET members prior to meeting with a foundation donor).
  • Manage all internal communications, coordination, and proposal development processes for donors

  • Business Development from strategic donors in anticipation of significant proposal processes with existing strategic donors
  • Liaise with Senior Grants Management Office to ensure reporting is completed on time.
  • Proactively identify any issues with existing grants (underspend, implementation challenges, bright spots, etc) and work with the Managing Director and Director of Foundation Partnerships to communicate with the donor. 
  • Maintain understanding of key foundation partnerships to be able to represent foundation strategies to internal stakeholders. 
  • Maintain current understanding of Mercy Corps’ priorities and emergency responses to be able to collaborate with program operations to match key program needs with potential foundation funders. Proactively identify “under the radar” emergencies to the Managing Director and Director of Foundation Partnerships that might appeal to Foundation donors.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Sara Posada, Interim Managing Director for Foundation Partnerships

Works Directly With: Director of Foundation Partnerships, key stakeholders in Resource Development, 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 with program or fundraising teams

  • Outstanding 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 required

  • Deep understanding of how foundations operate and make decisions

Success Factors 

The successful Deputy Director, Foundation Partnerships will be an outstanding project manager and relationship builder, particularly with internal Mercy Corps 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 be able to articulate Mercy Corps’ mission and engagement opportunities with passion and professionalism. 

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.