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Institutional Giving Manager

ABOUT WITNESS 

We are a global human rights organization, a collective of passionate human rights activists with (mostly remote) team members all over the world. WITNESS’ mission is to help people use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. We are a 35-person multi-disciplinary team with staff based across 5 continents. While we’re legally a non-profit that is registered as a 501(c)3 in the U.S, we are a global collective: our  staff members (as well as consultants, interns, fellows and a vast community of partners and collaborators) are based around the world and reflect a group of activists with diverse skills and backgrounds. 

 

WHAT WE DO

WITNESS pairs grassroots community support with advocacy at a systems level. Our team works holistically on a global scale to understand how communities are using and want to use video and technology for human rights.  With a cellphone camera, anyone can become a human rights defender and expose injustice, making it harder for perpetrators to hide or for systems of oppression to remain invisible.  But using video for community organizing, justice and accountability can be dangerous – videos can put defenders (or those they film) at risk, can be used against communities in court or deceitfully discredited by tired old power narratives.  Filming is almost never enough – for videos to make a difference they need to work alongside strong advocacy or legal strategies; they also need to be created, preserved and shared in ways that avoid creating more harm or trauma. 
New threats to human rights are emerging at the intersection of artificial intelligence, misinformation and disinformation and a global wave of rising authoritarianism.

 When it comes to systemic challenges we are on the watch for both existing problems – like how large amounts of critical human rights footage are lost because of the arbitrary decisions of platforms – but also emerging threats and opportunities, such as those posed by ‘deepfakes’, new ways to manipulate media to make it look like someone said or did something they never did.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Institutional Giving Manager (IGM) is a senior member of the External Relations team. The IGM manages the Institutional Giving grants portfolio and the proposal and reporting processes across the Program, Finance, and Senior Leadership teams.  As the lead external writer for the organization, the IGM plays a key role in messaging WITNESS’ vision to institutional donors (foundations and governments) and other external audiences, as needed. The IGM supports the conceptualization and framing of institutional fundraising strategies, helps identify and cultivate new sources of institutional support, and serves as primary liaison with selected donors. The IGM supervises the Institutional Giving Associate, Grants & Contracts Associate, and external consultants as needed.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Writing/Editing:

  • Lead on writing institutional donor proposals, reports and concept notes, coordinating cross-departmental input.
  • Create new language that frames WITNESS’ work (e.g. documents summarizing work in particular regions or on key thematic areas, landscape analyses addressing the impact of emerging technologies on human rights, script writing for External Relations videos, etc.) and ensure consistency of external written materials across the organization.
  • Contribute to big-picture thinking around institutional framing, messaging, and strategic priorities, and help articulate in external written materials.

 

Project/Relationship Management:

  • Manage portfolio of select institutional donors, with a particular focus on technology company funders and governmental funders, and support the design of short- and long-term strategies for these donors.
  • Steward existing and prospective relationships with foundation, government, and tech company funder representatives by participating in meetings and phone calls, sending regular communications, presenting WITNESS’ work in relevant donor-related spaces, and attending donor-related events.

 

Donor Communications:

  • Oversee all institutional donor and prospect communications, ensuring that programmatic successes and developments are shared in a timely and customized way, including writing/adapting content, drafting emails, and distribution.
  • Together with the Associate Director–Philanthropy and Global Programs Director, play a key role in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), helping to design results frameworks for donors and facilitating the flow of impact data and stories between program staff and funders.

           

Supervision:

  • Supervise two junior Institutional Giving staff who oversee departmental prospect research, grants coordination, and administration.
  • Manage departmental consultants hired as needed.

 

PRINCIPAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Associate Director – Philanthropy
  • External Relations Team
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Program Team
  • Finance Team
  • Philanthropic representatives
  • Peer allies at other nonprofits

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE 

  • Experience:  Educational and professional background and/or other experience that has built a robust understanding and skillset to fulfill the responsibilities of this position, including familiarity with the U.S. philanthropic landscape (minimum of 5-6 years of experience).

  • Education: You can tell us about your degrees, but we’re more interested in what your passions are and what you can do. If your degrees are part of that story, great!  (But no formal education required).

 

  • Languages: Fluent English required to work with a global team who uses this as a shared language. Additional languages are a plus. Native speaker of English not required.

 

  • Writing Skills: Superior writing and editing skills; ability to write quickly and compellingly about WITNESS’ programs and broader sociopolitical contexts and technology trends for diverse audiences. Must have the ability to write from a native English lens.

 

  • Analytical Skills: Demonstrated ability to analyze technology landscape/developments and human rights trends, the philanthropic landscape, and funder strategies. Keen ability to conceptualize and frame program ideas and organizational vision, including in response to external trends and strategies.

  • Communications/Interpersonal Skills:  Excellent overall written and oral communication skills, ability to build relationships with colleagues, peers, and donors; experience and comfort with networking and representing the organization externally.

  • Project Management Skills: Ability to manage complex projects across multiple teams, tracking inputs from relevant team members with an eye on deadlines.

  • Research/Systems Skills: Fluency in database and spreadsheet use, as well as a mind for systems and process optimization; proficiency in Internet research and Microsoft Office and Google Workplace applications.

  • Work Habits: Highly organized with excellent attention to detail; ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-performance culture; strong judgment, reliability and discretion; high degree of professionalism; comfort and ability to “manage up” when appropriate.

  • Supervisory Skills: Experience managing junior staff and/or interns.

  • Human Rights/International Issues/Technology/Media: Genuine enthusiasm for WITNESS’ mission; knowledge of human rights, technology, visual media, and/or international affairs; experience working with non-governmental organizations, technology ventures or companies, and philanthropic organizations.

  • Location: The location is flexible provided some overlap of working hours with the rest of the team can be ensured. WITNESS is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the state of New York, USA, and currently retains an office in New York City. However, since 2020, its staff is currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Compensation:  The salary for this position is based out of New York City. The salary will be localized considering relative cost of living in the applicable country using the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) Post Adjustment Multiplier- a metric system that is revised monthly and that WITNESS uses to determine salaries globally.

    WITNESS offers a range of benefits, depending on the location of the individual, and 15 days of paid annual leave in addition to public holidays and end of year leave.

WITNESS also offers additional monthly “reading days” where employees may request one day in the month to do reading/further study related to WITNESS work.

WITNESS also offers competitive and robust medical benefits that cover an individual at 100% and covers a % of the individual’s dependents.

After 1 year of service at the organization, WITNESS will contribute 3% of an individual’s gross salary towards a global retirement fund.

WITNESS recognizes that flexible working arrangements are key to equity and inclusion in the workplace and we provide a monthly remote work allowance, we are happy to talk about the type of flexible arrangements that might work best for you. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to jobs@witness.org with the subject line “Job” [Your name]”.

Please include a cover letter. We are interested in hearing about what you’ve done, what you can do, and what you want to do at WITNESS.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; early applications encouraged. Please note that due to the volume anticipated, we will not be able to respond individually to each applicant.  We kindly ask that you do not send duplicate applications via mail or email, and no phone calls. 

 

WITNESS aims to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the communities we work with, and actively seeks applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. 

 

WITNESS is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and individuals protected by any other statuses under international federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to, disability, marital, domestic partnership, familial, caregiver, transgender, military or veteran statuses, are encouraged to apply. 

You must have authorization to work in the country you are based.

 

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