Reporting to the CEO, you will support the Mérieux Foundation USA leadership in expanding the number of US partners and donors contributing to our exciting multi-year programs to build local capacities to fight infectious diseases and improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable in low-income countries. You will work part-time (50%), with flexible hours and a comprehensive benefits package.
We are all now acutely aware of how important it is to have access to testing and to be able to count on the quality of those test results to prevent the spread of epidemics. In low-income countries, this is essential not only for Covid-19 but for a whole array of infectious disease threats. Whether political, demographic, economic or even climatic in nature, all crises contribute to worsening the health and living conditions of vulnerable populations, creating an ideal breeding ground for epidemics.
Our US-based team collaborates closely with colleagues working on projects in 25 countries in West Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Whether we are delivering laboratories to fight the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, teaching school children in Madagascar about hygiene and nutrition, providing micro credits for women living with HIV in Haiti to start a business, or building a health center for refugees in Lebanon, the driving force behind everything we do is to work with local partners to help those who are most exposed in very low income countries.
Our work builds off the century-long legacy of the Mérieux Family and the over 50 years’ experience of the Mérieux Foundation based in Lyon, France. In 2012, the Mérieux Foundation USA was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. to engage American partners and donors in the Mérieux Foundation’s exceptional work to improve the health and quality of life of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Responsibilities and duties
- Contribute to building the resource mobilization strategy with the CEO and ensure its execution.
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with a portfolio of potential funders and partners, managing meetings, follow-up, and correspondence.
- Secure significant donations and sponsorships in line with strategic targets.
- Manage the gift agreement process, grant modifications and special reporting needs, and liaise with funders when modifications or extensions are required.
- Expand and maintain the funder database with background information and up-to-date data on activities.
- Understand and convey the value of the foundation’s work to current and potential funders.
- Work with program teams to develop a deep understanding of program content to make the strongest case for support and track deliverables to ensure they are consistent with commitments made to funders.
- Organize events and other outreach activities for prospects and donors.
- Prepare concept notes, solicitation letters, talking points and briefings for meetings and events.
Qualifications and skills
- Bachelor’s degree with a strong emphasis on writing; a specialized degree in public health a plus.
- At least 3-5 years of front-line fundraising experience, with campaign experience a major plus.
- Experience in the Global Health arena a major plus.
- Demonstrated success managing fundraising or other revenue-generating programs resulting in measurable revenue growth.
- Experience identifying and engaging prospective funders and cultivating funder and strategic partner relationships.
- Solid understanding of the current funding trends and best practices.
- Superb verbal and written communication skills with an exceptional ability to build strong cases for support that align with funder priorities.
- Aptitude to quickly absorb new information and pull together tailored proposals and presentations.
- Experience in preparing budgets and financial reports.
- Excellent computer and presentation skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe) including some knowledge of donor databases.
- Systematic, organized and detail-oriented.
- Action-oriented and numbers driven.
- Collaborative, team player with the ability to work autonomously.
- At ease in an international, multi-cultural environment a must, French language skills a major plus.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and includes generous benefits.
To apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the position title (Development Officer) in the subject line. No calls, please.
Deadline: March 31, 2021. Applicants will be selected for interviews in April.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.