Director of Strategic Partnerships

Description

Position summary: The Ashesi University Foundation works in partnership with Ashesi University in Ghana, a liberal arts institution striving to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa. The Seattle-based foundation amplifies the university’s impact by raising funds and building a global community of supporters who are dedicated to contributing to an African renaissance.

The Director of Strategic Partnerships works with an international team of staff, trustees, and advocates to identify, cultivate, solicit and support foundation, government, and corporate partners.

This position will travel up to two weeks per quarter within the US with occasional international trips.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with global team to implement fundraising plan to annually raise $4m+
  • Develop and manage activities to maintain strong relationships with current institutional partners
  • Identify and cultivate new partnerships with foundations, government agencies, and corporations
  • Write grant proposals and manage Ashesi grants
  • Coordinate events and meetings for Ashesi representatives to meet with institutional partners and prospects
  • Represent Ashesi at conferences and events
  • Manage award nominations for campus leadership and faculty
  • Manage an active and growing portfolio of Ashesi advocates
  • Work as part of the foundation team on projects to develop, cultivate and engage the Ashesi community – pitching in wherever needed

Qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to Ashesi’s mission of educating ethical, innovative leaders in Africa
  • Proven track record in grant writing and grant management, experience with government grants preferred
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively and flexibly communicate in a wide variety of mediums and settings
  • Experience with donor database programs, Salesforce preferred
  • Interest in travelling up to two weeks per quarter
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume by Friday, February 23 to Camille Smith at csmith@ashesi.org; subject line: “Director of Strategic Partnerships.”

 

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