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Assistant Director, Foundation Partnerships
United States Fund for UNICEF in New York, New York
Date Posted 05/26/2022
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Assistant Director, Foundation Partnerships

Full Job Description

Organization Overview

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy, and in operations. The past two decades have seen important progress on child rights, yet while much has been achieved, sharp disparities remain. In most countries, inequality is higher today than a generation ago, including in middle-income countries where most of the world’s poor children now live. The rapid pace of urbanization and the growing youth bulge in Africa and parts of Asia will require significant expansion of the provision of essential services for children. These challenges are compounded by the scale and complexity of crises triggered by conflict, natural disasters, or epidemics. The global community faces these challenges when the political and economic environments pose challenges of their own, testing the world’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. In this environment, the strong and consistent leadership of UNICEF is critical to enabling the achievement of results for children.

UNICEF USA (UUSA) is a private, independent, U.S. nonprofit that rallies the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children through the unmatched reach of UNICEF. Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF USA has some 300 employees distributed across nine regional offices in the U.S. To fuel UNICEF’s life-saving work across the globe, UNICEF USA raises nearly $600 million dollars from private sources every year and marshals its supporters to advocate for over $800 million in annual US government support. UNICEF USA has built an abroad-based movement to advocate for the well-being and protection of children globally. For more information, visit

Position: Assistant Director, Foundation Partnerships

Location: Nationwide / Remote

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary: NYC's minimum salary for this position is $77,000. This may be adjusted to reflect the cost of labor of a candidate’s work location, if outside of NYC.

Position Description

UNICEF USA is seeking an Assistant Director to support its portfolio of partners and grants within the Foundation Partnerships Department. The Foundation Partnerships Department builds, sustains, and grows relationships with US-based institutional foundations to help ensure that every child is healthy, educated, protected, and respected. The Assistant Director will join a team whose primary goal is to mobilize resources to promote the rights of all children, everywhere, as stated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director will assist in managing and growing a portfolio of grants/grant-based initiatives that effectively leverage leading global health and development partners in support of UNICEF’s program and advocacy goals. In addition, the Assistant Director is responsible for cultivating partnerships and identifying opportunities that can be leveraged to broaden and deepen support for UNICEF’s efforts on behalf of the world’s children. Foundation Partnerships works with leading U.S. private foundations and institutions in support of various cross-cutting areas of UNICEF’s work – health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection, climate change, gender equality, and US-based domestic programming – in collaboration with UNICEF USA Philanthropy teams.

Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

Partnership Development

  • Implement the team’s Partnership Development Strategy to achieve revenue targets defined in the UNICEF USA strategic plan in collaboration with the Director and the team, by cultivating and deepening “best of class” alliances with US-based foundations and institutions.
  • Conduct research, analyze data and develop presentations to help formulate partnership strategies and identify relationships that will serve the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Represent UNICEF USA at meetings and conferences to remain appraised of global health and development trends and issues and explore new opportunities for engagement.
  • Grow existing and cultivate new grant opportunities with U. S. foundation partners and other key internal/external stakeholders.
  • Support communication efforts to engage with partners under the Foundation Partnerships team partnership development strategy (e.g., manage outreach to partners, liaise with and coordinate internal stakeholder groups as needed).
  • Collaborate with UNICEF USA departments on cross-organizational special projects, and initiatives, and lead special projects, as appropriate.

Grants Management

  • Serve as administrative and financial manager over the lifetime of assigned projects, tracking implementation progress, funds utilization, and progress toward achievement of project milestones and results.
  • Coordinate necessary internal and external resources to ensure all grant programs are effectively executed and partners’ needs are fully met.
  • Ensure timely receipt of project deliverables and required reports; prepare and submit consolidated reports to funders and other internal and external stakeholders on the progress of UNICEF’s partnerships with foundations.
  • Take a leading role in negotiations of grant agreements, sub-awards, and contracts, conduct due diligence to identify legal, procedural, and financial issues for potential grants prior to proposal submission/approval, and over the life of multi-year grant-funded projects.
  • Participate in executing partner engagement opportunities per the programmatic work areas.
  • Liaise with UNICEF and other internal/external UNICEF USA stakeholders on key issues under the programmatic work areas, including individual projects/initiatives. Additionally, serve as an internal resource to the team and the wider agency on global and sectoral developments within these work areas.


  • Contribute to strengthening and further developing the Foundation Partnerships team’s internal and external best practice processes and mechanisms, including for grants management.
  • Liaise with UNICEF USA finance and compliance personnel to resolve any legal, procedural, or financial issues regarding grants, sub-grants, and contracts.
  • Mentor junior staff in the Foundation Partnerships team on grants management processes and other key team operations.
  • Supervise one direct report on the Foundation Partnerships team.


  • Bachelor’s degree; plus additional courses or professional training providing technical expertise in the area of interest.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years experience in developing and managing complex partnerships with leading U. S./international institutional funding partners and in private foundation grants cultivation and management, including at least 3 – 4 years experience of successfully achieving funding for/administering large-scale projects. Management experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of, and preferably direct experience with, grant-making rules, regulations, and policies of U. S. private foundations as well as federal grant-making institutions; familiarity with current global health/development issues, UN agencies.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, excellent communication, and entrepreneurial thinking. Must be able to formulate strategies and concepts and influence others.
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse individuals, and direct experience engaging with program officers, senior-level decision-makers, and influencers in the foundations/philanthropy community.
  • Significant partnership development and relationship building skills, and proven ability to meet revenue targets.
  • Some travel may be required, within the U.S. and internationally.
  • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service

Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UNICEF USA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. UUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at

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