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 creative and energetic Director of Strategic Partnerships to lead global development efforts to raise annual revenue of $6 million. The position, based in New York, reports to the President and works closely with boards of directors and staff of the organization’s three global offices: the US, UK and Hong Kong. In partnership with the President, boards and staff, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will ensure the achievement of all revenue goals, with direct responsibility for $2 million raised in the US. All initiatives will be focused on engaging donors from all sectors (individuals, corporations and foundation), 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 15 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 country offices in India and Turkey.  See www.empowerweb.org for more information.

 Responsibilities: 

  • Provide leadership, vision, direction and management for global fundraising effort.
  • Energize US fundraising with a hands-on approach 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.
  • Create and institutionalize a donor cultivation and engagement plan in coordination with the Director of Marketing and Communications that includes moves management (tracking moves and tactics that elevate a donor from cultivation to solicitation).
  • Expand resources for donor engagement including the creation of programs that foster grantee partner visits and other volunteer opportunities. 
  • Steward a portfolio of US donors and prospects while supporting 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).
  • Collaborate with global development team to enhance fundraising activities in Europe and Asia.
  • Staff US Development Committee and oversee UK and HK Committees.
  • Develop best practices and institutionalize necessary development operations and processes. Ensure ongoing consistent development reporting.
  • 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. Maintain annual development calendar.
  • Utilize technology to communicate with donors and colleagues world-wide and be prepared to travel internationally once to twice annually.
  • Supervise half-time of Development and Communications Assistant in US.
  • Develop enhanced prospect and donor database capabilities with the development and communications team members globally.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to EMpower’s mission, passionate about philanthropy and knowledgeable about and interested in international development.
  • 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. 
  • A self-starter who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and can work independently, prioritize and handle multiple time-sensitive tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment with keen attention to detail.
  • Excellent skills in cultivating and stewarding major gifts and corporate partnerships.  Astute at prospecting and donor research. 
  • Experience in planning and executing special events.
  • Comfortable in any professional environment, with ability to work well and interface with volunteers and board members essential.
  • Experience in managing and mentoring development staff, able to work virtually with a team across multiple time zones, and demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with culturally diverse audiences with strong personalities, including solid public presentation and writing skills.
  • Experience in fundraising software and databases. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience working in private sector and/or MBA degree is desired.
  • Ability to undertake periodic travel to Hong Kong, London and to Emerging Market countries.

Compensation for the Director of Strategic Partnerships is commensurate with experience; benefits are competitive.

To Apply:

EMpower has retained Strategic Management Consulting to execute the search for the Director of Strategic Partnerships position. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Siobhan McDermott, President

Beth Frank, Senior Consultant

Strategic Management Consulting

151 Hawthorne AvenueGlen Ridge, NJ 07028

Siobhan@StrategicNYC.com

Beth@StrategicNYC.com

 

Please send cover letter and CV via email in PDF format to empower@strategicnyc.com

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

 

SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER, East and Southeast Asia

The Senior Programme Officer will be based in Hong Kong and has primary responsibility for growing the grants portfolio in 4 countries in Asia: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam. The Programme Officer will manage and expand this portfolio as well as, where appropriate, provide or facilitate related capacity building assistance to strengthen grantee partners.  S/he will report to the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Programmes based in New York. 

 Responsibilities:

  • Developing country strategies to guide grantmaking investments
  • Reviewing, screening and making recommendations on incoming grant proposals
  • Pro-actively sourcing and screening potential grantee partners
  • Monitoring grants through visits, grant reports and correspondence; providing feedback to grantees
  • Preparing written grant summaries and presenting grant recommendations to Grants Committees, comprised of directors and donors
  • Providing programmatic content for proposals and donor reports;
  • Reviewing and preparing analyses of grantees’  final reports; providing feedback to grantees, summaries for board, staff and EMpower communication materials
  • Providing or arranging technical assistance for capacity building of grantee partner organizations; reviewing or developing content for technical assistance products, internship programs, plan/assist in facilitating learning exchanges among grantees
  • Hiring and managing Assistant Programme Officer
  • Representing EMpower and the E/SE Asia portfolio before diverse audiences, including donors
  • Networking with other funders and international organizations for purposes of due diligence and collaborative grant-making opportunities
  • Other ad hoc assignments that may arise

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the philanthropic and non-profit sectors in E/SE Asia: work experience with community-based organizations desirable
  • Experience with grantmaking and philanthropic practices desirable
  • Proficiency in and strong English speaking and writing abilities
  • Proficiency in Mandarin, Bahasa or Vietnamese strongly preferred
  • Experience with youth development, preferably related to reproductive and sexual health, education, or job creation and skills-building
  • Self-starter; highly organized; proven ability to work independently, prioritize, complete multiple projects and meet deadlines, with consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to negotiate complex situations or relationships with sensitivity and tact; excellent judgment, discretion
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently with high degree of judgment and professionalism, as well as virtually with a team across multiple time zones
  • Graduate degree related to international development
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with culturally diverse audiences; from at-risk youth to high profile finance professionals.  Client-facing and public speaking skills desirable
  • Ability to travel in the region and internationally (up to 30% annually)
  • Skilled in PC computers and standard software programmes
  • Ability to work in Hong Kong

 Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to HR@empowerweb.org with the subject line: Senior Programme Officer for E/SE Asia.

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

 

HK DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

EMpower- The Emerging Markets Foundation is seeking a HK Development and Engagement Manger to represent EMpower in Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian countries, lead development and fundraising efforts, 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 President based in New York City and works closely with the HK Board of Directors and staff In partnership with the President, and the Board, the HK Development and Engagement Manager will ensure the achievement of all initiatives to identify prospects, engage donors, strengthen fundraising and build internal capacity to meet goals as of the 2014 strategic plan. 

The HK Development and Engagement Manager will also have responsibilities to ensure the day-to-day operations of EMpower in HK.

Reports to: President, EMpower (based in NY)

Responsibilities:

  • Lead, direct and manage all aspects of fundraising and donor engagement for EMpower HK with goal of increasing revenue year after year.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase and secure underwriting funds to support the organization.
  • Lead development efforts for and manage annual gala dinner in Hong Kong and other fundraising events (smaller dinners etc. in the region). Broaden and diversify EMpower HK 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 to develop new income sources and appeal to individual and institutional donors.
  • 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 HK 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.
  • Pursue every avenue for institutional grants, securing general operating and special program funding, and execute/coordinate applications for funding.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the smooth operation of the HK office with the support of the Operations and Communications Assistant.
  • Supervise Operations and Communications Assistant.

 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, tact 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.
  • 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 as well as exceptional professionalism.
  • Experience in fundraising software and/or databases.
  • Experience working in, or closely with, private sector 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 “HK Development and Engagement Manager” 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