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Deputy Director, Foundations Partnerships

Location: New York, NY
Employment Type: Regular Full-Time


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, strong and consistent leadership of UNICEF is critical to enable the achievement of results for children.


UNICEUSA (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 YorCity, UUSA has some 300 employeedistributed acrosnine regional offices in the U.S. To fuel UNICEF’s life-saving work across the globe, UUSA raises nearly $600 million dollars from private sources every year, and advocates for U.S. Government policies and funding to help children around the world. For more information, visit


Position:                    Deputy Director, Foundation Partnership 

Location:                   NYC / Remote

FLSA Status:             Exempt 

Salary:                        NYC minimum salary for this position is $85,000.  This may be adjusted to reflect the cost of labor of a candidate’s work location, if outside of NYC


Position Description


Are you someone who can drive a strategic partnership from relationship management to business operations? Are you a proven people manager and strategic leader? Do you enjoy spearheading new initiatives and delivering innovative solutions? Are you passionate about the mission of UNICEF? Do you like working on a fast-paced and dynamic team?


If so, we’d love to hear from you!


We are recruiting a Deputy Director, Foundation Partnerships, to secure, manage and grow grants/grant-based initiatives from U.S. institutional foundations into sustainable partnerships to support UNICEF’s program and advocacy goals. The role involves the ability to move between detail-oriented grants-focused work; managing long-term, bigger picture strategy, partnerships, and projects; and building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.  Together with the Director, the Deputy Director will ensure that team-wide operations systems are tailored to evolving needs and are maximizing efficiencies and automation. To this end, the position will manage both operations and grants personnel.


The following abilities will support this role: to analyze systems and processes to recommend efficiencies and improvements; to inform and influence through speaking and writing; to focus and develop project plans and schedules that integrate sources, tasks, and timelines; to manage professional relationships; to manage and grow team talent; and to commit to promoting workplace diversity and inclusion. Additionally, this person should have an interest in international development and commitment to the mandate of UNICEF. This position reports to the Director, Foundation Partnerships.


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


Grants and Partnerships Management and Expansion (70%)


  • Achieve revenue targets by cultivating and building “best of class” alliances with US-based foundations and institutions.
  • Identify and develop new strategic and collaborative funding opportunities/initiatives with current and potential partners.
  • Develop high-quality funding proposals to external partners.
  • Serve as administrative and financial manager over the lifetime of projects, including complex, multi-country investments. Coordinate between multiple internal, external and international parties to facilitate grant administration.
  • Track implementation, funds utilization, and progress toward achievement of project milestones and deliverables. 
  • Prepare and submit timely, consolidated reports, budgets, and results frameworks to funders and other internal and external stakeholders on the progress of UNICEF’s partnerships with foundations.


Staff Supervision (20%) and Operations/Other (10%)


  • Develop and manage team members to provide comprehensive financial reporting support team wide and to deliver quality and timely budget updates on team pipeline and revenue.
  • Mentor/train staff in Foundation Partnerships team on grants management processes and other key team operations.
  • Contribute to strengthening and further developing the Foundation Partnerships team’s internal and external “best practice” operations and budget processes and mechanisms, including for grants management and financial oversight.
  • Oversee and implement the opportunity forecasting and proposal pipeline tracking process and lead updating and reporting revenue for Foundation Partnerships team.
  • Collaborate with UNICEF USA departments on cross-organizational special projects, initiatives, and lead special projects, as appropriate.




  • Minimum of 8-10 years’ relevant experience, with a focus on U.S. private foundation grants cultivation and management desired, including at 5 years of experience successfully achieving funding for / administering large-scale projects. 
  • At least 2 years of experience managing staff with proven ability to train and grow teams.
  • Detail-oriented to track funds utilization in multi-country budgets and review/edit complex reports, proposals, and results frameworks. 
    • Proven ability to prioritize; work independently; handle multiple, complex tasks simultaneously; generate pragmatic solutions to real or potential problems; and recognize and leverage key opportunities. 
    • Advanced skills in Excel and other Microsoft Office products and experience with PowerBI and NetSuite a plus
  • Ability to navigate complex environments and build relationships with a variety of stakeholders and institutions strongly preferred. 
  • Familiarity with current global health and development issues, and UN agencies preferred. 
  • Strong “client service” orientation and interpersonal as well as negotiation, quantitative and analytical, and written/verbal communication skills.  
  • Some travel required, within the U.S. and internationally (as deemed necessary and safe).
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree in related field welcome.
  • 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 committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


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