Jobs at EMpower

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that connects the resources of Emerging Markets (EM) professionals worldwide with the vitality of local organizations in emerging market countries.

Since its inception in 2000, EMpower has granted over $9 million to 124 organizations in 29 countries.

EMpower is happy to accept resumes for open positions only. If you are looking to join a diverse and dynamic team of people devoted to ensuring that young people in developing countries have access to the tools and resources to thrive we want to hear from you.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

EMpower is seeking a Director of Strategic Partnerships to lead global development efforts to engage individuals, corporations and foundations and to raise annual revenue of $6 million. The position is based in New York, reports to the President and works closely with staff and board committees in all three regions: US, UK and Hong Kong. In partnership with the President, staff and the boards, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will ensure the achievement of all revenue goals, with direct oversight for the US. All initiatives will be focused on engaging donors, strengthening fundraising and building internal capacity to meet the impact goals as outlined in the recently completed strategic plan.

 EMpower is a public foundation committed to building opportunities for at-risk youth (age 10-24) in 14 emerging market countries.  Harnessing the resources of the emerging market financial sector, EMpower makes grants to local organizations across three thematic portfolios: education, health and wellbeing, and livelihoods.  EMpower is based in the US and has affiliated organizations in the UK and Hong Kong and a country office in India.  See www.empowerweb.org for more information.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide leadership, vision, direction and management to global fundraising.
  • Energize US fundraising with goal of doubling revenue.
  • Develop and implement a three-year plan to strengthen global fundraising and build internal capacity in collaboration with President, staff and board committees.
  • Broaden and diversify donor base globally, beyond core group of funders, by identifying new prospects and opening up new sources of funding.
  • Direct and coordinate development strategies in all three locations to ensure annual goals are met.
  • Expand resources for donor engagement that includes grantee partner visits and volunteer opportunities as well as institutionalizing systems and processes.
  • Staff US Development Committee and oversee Regional Committees.
  • Create and institutionalize a donor cultivation and engagement plan in coordination with the Director of Marketing and Communications that includes moves management: moving a donor from cultivation to solicitation.
  • Steward a portfolio of US donors and prospects and support President and Executive Vice President and board members with their portfolios. 
  • Lead development efforts for annual gala dinner in New York (Spring) and support fundraising dinners in Hong Kong (Winter) and London (Fall).
  • Provide leadership and ensure execution of all fundraising initiatives in the US as well as global donor communications, fundraising materials, online appeals and others as needed in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Direct and supervise Regional Directors’ work on development in Europe and Asia and half-time of Development and Communications Assistant in US.
  • Develop enhanced prospect and donor database capabilities with the development and communications team members globally.
  • Ensure ongoing consistent Development reporting. 

Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years of fundraising experience with deep knowledge of major gift processes and systems and at least 5 years at a senior leadership level working on both strategy and day-to-day nuts and bolts, preferably in an international context. 
  • Commitment to EMpower’s mission, passionate about philanthropy and knowledgeable about and interested in market economics.
  • Experience with major gifts, corporate partnerships, events, prospecting and working with volunteers and board members are essential.
  • Experience in fundraising software and databases.
  • Experience working in private sector and/or MBA degree is desired.
  • Experience in managing and mentoring development staff, able to work virtually with a team across multiple time zones, and demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork.
  • Ability to undertake periodic travel to Hong Kong, London and to Emerging Market countries.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with culturally diverse audiences with strong personalities, including solid public presentation and writing skills.
  • A self-starter who can work independently, prioritize and handle multiple time-sensitive tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment with keen attention to detail.

Please send cover letter and CV via email in PDF format to HR@empowerweb.org. Including “Director of Strategic Partnerships” in the subject line.

Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Please note, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.  No phone calls please.


Hong Kong Development and Engagement Officer

EMpower- The Emerging Markets Foundation, is seeking a Hong Kong Development and Engagement Officer to lead development and fundraising efforts in Hong Kong, Singapore and other relevant countries in Asia to engage individuals, corporations and foundations and to raise annual revenue in accordance with approved budgets. The full-time position is based in Hong Kong, reports to the Director of Strategic Partnerships based in New York City and works closely with the President, and the Hong Kong Board. In partnership with the Director, President, and the Board, the Hong Kong Development and Engagement Officer will ensure the achievement of all initiatives focused on identifying prospects, engaging donors, strengthening fundraising and building internal capacity to meet the goals as outlined in the recently completed strategic plan.

 Responsibilities: 

  • Lead, direct and manage all aspects of fundraising and donor engagement for EMpower Hong Kong.
  • Energize fundraising with goal of increasing revenue year after year.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase and secure underwriting funds to support the organization.
  • Broaden and diversify EMpower Hong Kong donor base, beyond core group of funders, by identifying new prospects and opening up new sources of funding.
  • Personally drive fundraising solicitations, schedule and manage donor meetings for the President and Board, develop fundraising alliances, and work with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to develop new income sources, appeal to individual and institutional donors, and lead and direct all other fundraising efforts.
  • Expand resources, and institutionalize systems and processes for donor engagement, including managing grantee partner visits and volunteer opportunities.
  • Coordinate and lead all Development Committee meetings of the Hong Kong Board.
  • Create and institutionalize a donor cultivation and engagement plan in coordination with the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Director of Marketing and Communications that includes moves management: moving a donor from cultivation to solicitation.
  • Steward a portfolio of donors and prospects and support President and Board with their portfolios. 
  • Pursue every avenue for institutional grants, securing general operating and special program funding, and execute/coordinate applications for funding.
  • Lead development efforts for and manage annual gala dinner in Hong Kong and other fundraising events (smaller dinners etc. in the region).
  • Provide ideas and ensure execution of board and donor communications, fundraising materials, online appeals and others as needed in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Develop enhanced prospect and donor database capabilities with the development and communications team members globally.
  • Ensure ongoing consistent Development reporting and periodic board communications.

 Qualifications

  • 5 to 7 years of fundraising experience with deep knowledge and nuts and bolts experience in major gift processes and systems, with at least 3 of these years at a leadership level working on strategy preferably in an international context. 

 OR

  • 7 to 10 years experience in finance either in asset management, investment banking, private wealth, securities trading and sales, in a leading financial institution active in the EM sector, with a strong interest in fundraising and potential to develop necessary skills.
  • Experience with major gifts, sales, corporate partnerships, events, prospecting and working with volunteers and board members.
  • Excellent judgment and discretion.  Emotionally mature with a sense of humor and grace under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with culturally diverse audiences with strong personalities, including solid English language public presentation and writing skills.
  • Adept at developing proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence, and other kinds of material;
  • Able to work virtually with a team across multiple time zones, and demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork.
  • Experience in fundraising software and/or databases.
  • Experience working in private sector and/or MBA degree desirable.
  • “Doer” who will work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities ranging from the internal day-to-day, to the highly creative, external and visible. Energetic, alert, creative, hardworking, able to take immediate action when needed, recognizes and exploits success, and triages failure when necessary.
  • Commitment to EMpower’s mission, passionate about philanthropy and knowledgeable about and interested in market economics.
  • Ability to travel (up to 10% per year to Singapore or elsewhere in Asia, or occasionally internationally).
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office.

Please send cover letter and CV via email in PDF format to HR@empowerweb.org with “Hong Kong Development and Engagement Officer” in the subject line.

Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Please note, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.


EMpower Underwriter, James Donald with Eliana from Minga Peru

EMpower Underwriter, James Donald with Eliana from Minga Peru