The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 US cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
IRC's Global Partnerships and Philanthropy (GPP) department is responsible for the global delivery of the International Rescue Committee’s financial resources (currently circa USD750m per annum), and plays an important strategic role in the creation of its brand, awareness and support for its advocacy goals. The IRC's strategy centers on its ambition to continue to improve the scale and effectiveness of IRC programs worldwide with evidence of what works best to impact people’s lives in conflict and fragile settings. GPP comprises colleagues and teams delivering government funding, marketing, account management, leadership gifts, board liaison, corporate partnerships and communications to support this work. These colleagues are primarily located in the USA & UK – but IRC plans to significantly expand its global fundraising footprint. Other colleagues within IRC are also engaged with private and government funding – in particular within Europe, USP and field – and we need to work in close integrated collaboration to ensure best use of resources and highest impact for IRC.
GPP has begun delivering a new radical and ambitious Private Sector Engagement strategy that will enhance IRC’s ability to ‘punch above its weight’ in income and awareness. As part of this strategy, a portfolio of projects including strategic projects has been identified and will be implemented soon. Additional projects will also be conducted to improve our public sector fundraising.
The Director, Planning & Partnerships will lead a newly formed project management team in GPP and serve as the key partner to program departments in understanding and building strategies to meet annual funding needs. S/he will be responsible for driving annual and project-level planning in the department. The Director will also provide oversight and guidance on the achievement of private & public sector fundraising strategic objectives through a portfolio of projects through his/her leadership of GPP;s project management team. In addition, s/he will be the primary GPP business relations partner working with the IRC’s programmatic departments.
Reporting directly to the Vice President Strategic Growth, s/he will work in close active partnership with International Programs, US Programs, the broader GPP team, the IRC international offices and other key IRC departments such, IT, Finance, Communication, HR and Legal.
Planning and project management oversight
Designs and drives an annual departmental planning process, including project management tools and templates
Provides Project Management SME (Subject Matter Expertise) to leadership, and builds project management capacity within GPP
Oversees and ensures high quality project management (including project definition, workplan/budget/timeline development and management) led by project managers
Adapts the IRC project planning and project governance approach to GPP
Oversees the definition and monitoring of a portfolio of projects managed by Income and Engagement Board (IEB), as well as oversees operations related to the IEB
Works with IRC programmatic departments to establish clear, written, planned programs of work annually, including alignment on shared goals, priorities, capacities, and expectations for each other
Meets with each program department quarterly to mutually update on progress and changes to goals, priorities, capacities, and expectations
Staff and team management
Manages a team of Project Managers directly supporting the projects and a Portfolio & Project Management Coordinator responsible for coordinating the IEB
Provides professional development and training to direct reports
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Vice President, Strategic Growth, GPP
Position directly supervise’[s]: Portfolio & Project Management Coordinator, Project Managers
Education:Master’s Degree or equivalent experience
Experience working with partners across multiple functions, departments, and locations
Extensive Portfolio and Project Management experience
Must have proven track record of successful delivery in a PMO (Project Management Office) or Portfolio Manager role within a complex organization
Must have proven track record of successful delivery in a Project Manager role for key strategic projects
Experience in organizational problem solving, high performance management in complex but low resource organizations
Strong experience in managing a team
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies :
Experienced manager, highly knowledgeable about project management methodology
Excellent analytical, conceptual and communication skills
Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills with proven experience in relationship management with stakeholders
The ability to influence others, to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility, tact and diplomacy
Entrepreneurial with the ability to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances, while maintaining focus on the end goal
Self-confident and enthusiastic team player who can secure support from a diverse project team to achieve agreed upon goals
Ability to work on own initiative without close supervision
Strong time management skills with an ability to anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles across a large and diverse workload in a fast paced environment, working on short and long-term objectives and tight deadlines
A full appreciation of the value of co-operation, internationally and within a team environment
Ability to think creatively and strategically
Fluency in Microsoft office tools
A collegial environment working collaboratively across GPP and broader IRC. Strong sense of transparency and accountability to ensure we are doing right by our beneficiaries and donors, exemplifying the IRC way.
Position based in New York
IRC leading the way from harm to home.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
IRC's Revenue department is responsible for the global delivery of the International Rescue Committee’s financial resources, and plays an important strategic role in the creation of its brand, awareness and support for its advocacy goals. The IRC's strategy centers on its ambition to continue to improve the scale and effectiveness of IRC programs worldwide with evidence of what works best to impac...t people’s lives in conflict and fragile settings. Revenue comprises colleagues and teams delivering government funding, brand, marketing, account management, leadership gifts, board liason, corporate partnerships and communications to support this work. Primarily these colleagues are located in the USA – but IRC plans to significantly expand its global Revenue footprint in the coming years.Revenue is at the beginning stages of creating a new radical and ambitious strategy that will enhance IRC’s ability to ‘punch above its weight’ in income and awareness. We will be defining a new name and identity for the Department, building a new culture and supporting our colleagues in their efforts to deliver transformational and best in class work. At the same time – believing that the root of success lie in a high performance team and culture - we need to build our internal infrastructure – ensure we build a strong global team, the dynamic culture, forward thinking ethos, and 21st C reporting, operational and business management practices that will help it achieve its ambitious goals.