Director, International Recovery Funds

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Organization: Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Closing date: 8 Apr 2021

The Organization

Founded in 2010, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is the only full-time resource dedicated to helping donors make more strategic disaster-related giving decisions**.** With a focus on medium- to long-term recovery, CDP raises awareness of the need for committed attention and localized, sustainable funding in support of vulnerable communities. As the intensity and frequency of disasters has increased, the role of CDP has become even more crucial.

A new Strategic Plan was adopted in November 2019, setting a course of action to enhance CDP’s thought leadership, advocacy and stewardship. The CDP vision is a world where the impact of disasters is minimized by thoughtful, equitable and responsible recovery for all. Its mission is to leverage the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur.

CDP has three distinct focus areas: 1) Educational Resources including a comprehensive website, frequent webinars, speaking engagements, Disaster Philanthropy Playbook and the Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report; 2) Consulting Services to help donors become more strategic in their disaster giving; and 3) Grantmaking from CDP Disaster Recovery Funds for both domestic and international events.

The Opportunity

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) seeks a Director to manage all aspects of CDP international disaster recovery funds and associated grantmaking and grants management.

This person will lead and manage all internationally-facing disaster recovery funds on a day-to-day basis. In collaboration with the vice president and program team peers, the director will implement, monitor, and refine grantmaking strategies for CDP, and communicate these strategies to board, staff, nonprofit organizations, funders, and other organizations, as necessary. Ultimately, this person will work to allocate dollars for active funds in a manner that meets the needs for equitable, medium- and long-term disaster recovery.

Specifically, this person will oversee and manage:

  • International grantmaking efforts that are tied to a high-profile client.
  • The awards process for global CDP COVID-19 Response Fund grants and the CDP Global Recovery Fund.
  • Grants management for any new international funds.
  • Stewardship of existing grants management efforts for past-CDP domestic funds and international awards as assigned.
  • Grants management and stewardship of all new grants.
  • Management of other funds upon request of leadership to accommodate shared workloads across the program team.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Understand the complexities of disasters, including the international humanitarian system, and the response and recovery needs of communities.
  • Pre-identify and research organizations within each funded geographic region that have, or will likely, be critical to disaster response efforts.
  • Maintain an awareness of critical recovery needs in on-going disasters, to both guide grant-making and to be an advocate for fundraising.
  • Establish relationships with nonprofits and potential grantees globally, provide oversight, grants management and follow-up with grantees.
  • Working with the program team and within existing CDP systems, provide advice on improvements to the processes that guide grants management for the funds.
  • Organize site visits to understand the needs of specific disasters and to aid in the identification and or stewardship of grantee relationships.
  • Represent CDP and its funds to the public, community leaders, social service, and community-based organizations, disaster experts and colleagues in the field of philanthropy.
  • Promote partnership and a culture of learning among grantee partners.
  • Collaborate with the CDP communications and development teams to ensure that impact stories are shared widely.
  • Manage all administrative functions relating to the fund program and grantees, including but not limited to the use of CDP’s grant management database.
  • In collaboration with the vice president and president & CEO, develop methods and systems for analyzing grant impact and effectiveness so that CDP disaster recovery funds can continue to model disaster philanthropy.
  • Educate donors and professional disaster organizations to increase donor/partner participation in disasters through informative, consistent, and engaging community impact stories and data.

The Director will report to CDP’s vice president. Direct reports to the director include a program coordinator.

Required Skills/Experience

• Progressive international leadership experience in the fields of disaster management, immediate response and/or long-term community recovery (10+ years preferred).

• Graduate degree in a related field preferred; bachelor’s degree required.

• Experience in grantmaking, a background in philanthropy or leadership experience in a nonprofit organization.

• Extremely high attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work.

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

• Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.

· Ability to manage multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment.

· Ability to work effectively within a geographically distributed team.

· Strong strategy and leadership skills in the context of building and implementing high-impact cross-sector partnerships.

· Experience with BBGM and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software a plus.

The successful candidate will be a mission-driven team player, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of humor.


Travel may include up to 40 percent of the director’s time (when travel resumes based on CDC guidance).

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

How to apply:

To Apply

Qualified candidates should email their resume, a sample of work and a cover letter to Liz Joseph, with the subject line: Director, International Recovery Funds. Applications must highlight competencies against requirements and a potential start date.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time.

No phone calls please.

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