World Vision International

Senior Philanthropy Officer, North America

Job Description

ORGANISATIONAL BACKGROUND:

World Vision (WV) is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. One critical component of World Vision’s work is microfinance, providing financial services such as micro credit, savings and insurance to the poor, enabling them to earn increased income, build assets and provide for their families. Numerous studies confirm the strong impact of microfinance on the well-being of children.

Studies also show, that the integration of microfinance with other development activities can have an even greater impact when compared to either microfinance alone or development activities alone. WV’s microfinance operations are managed through VisionFund International (VFI) and its 7,000 staff, a WV subsidiary. VFI manages a network of 30 microfinance institutions (MFIs) globally and has outstanding loans of approximately $545 million to over one million clients. The MFIs were created to provide financial services in the areas where WV works.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

VisionFund International (VFI) is seeking a full-time Senior Philanthropy Officer for North America based in Federal Way, WA. The role is designed to manage the day-to-day operations that support fundraising efforts for microfinance and financial inclusion in collaboration with the WV US and WV Canada support offices. The selected candidate will support the North America Fundraising Director in executing a fundraising strategy designed to help support WVUS and WV Canada Philanthropy teams in the cultivation and servicing of existing donors, as well as collaborating to attract new prospects for economic empowerment and financial inclusion. World Vision’s Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion programs are designed to help lift people out of poverty and into sustainable economic growth, with the ultimate goal of improving the well-being of children around the world.

The role will be set in a fast-paced and demanding environment, and requires strong relationship building skills, confidence, initiative, creative problem-solving and attention to detail; as well as strong negotiation and influencing skills. The role will interact with numerous internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to the support offices’ philanthropy, programs and finance teams, VFI’s marketing and communications, operations, finance and other global centre teams. The successful candidate will also serve as deputy for the North America Fundraising Director in her absence, and should be comfortable representing VisionFund internally, as well as externally. Strong written and verbal communications skills in English are essential, and proficiency in either Spanish or French are a plus.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the day-to-day execution and operationalization of fundraising and program agreements existing between WV US Philanthropy and Private Funding, and VisionFund.

  • Set up and maintain internal systems and processes to track pipeline and revenue data, and tracking revenue from donor to field.

  • Develop and monitor Key Performance Indicators that will help measure leading and lagging measures including new prospect visits/engagement, existing donor engagement,

  • pipeline, revenue and budgets. Analyze these indicators and give the Director guidance on whether course correction is necessary.

  • Serve as the key contact point to support appropriate funding coding, transfers and processes, and serve as contact point for any VF-related requests for information.

  • Serve also as link between the North America region and VF’s global centre.

  • Oversee regional fundraising budget and flag concerns proactively to the VFI regional fundraising director.

  • Act as liaison between marketing and fundraising to ensure correct tone and messaging for North America audiences.

  • Develop and distribute VFI donor touch points to be used by Relationship Managers in North America.

  • Deliver on the donor promise by facilitationg timely project proposals, reports and other inspiring inforation suitable for major donors by working with WV US and WV Canada teams, as well as internal VFI teams.

  • Collaborate with the WV US Vision Trips team to ensure the inclusion of VisionFund projects during economic empowerment visits, and where needed for financial inclusion visits, work with WV US and WV Canada teams to generate ideas, design trip agenda and organize logistics.

  • Help design and deliver in collaboration with WV US and WV Canada financial inclusion events and conference attendance to help increase the number of new prospects reached, including follow up after events, and monitoring KPIs to determine effectiveness.

  • Manage the support and coordination of livelihood and microfinance industry events with the VFI/WVI and WV US/WV Canada marketing team.

  • Perform initial prospect qualification on potential major donors or opportunities which once qualified are passed on to WV US and WV Canada donor reps (including foundations and corporations) – this helps identify potential candidates interested in impacting the poor through microfinance and broader economic empowerment tools such as THRIVE, as required.

  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, manage, develop, and facilitate WVUS/WVC sector training plan and sessions in partnership with support office stakeholders.

  • Share training materials with regional/global teams.

  • Serve as a deputy to the North America Director when the Director is away. In Director’s absence, represent VFI to WVUS, WV Canada and external audiences.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Analytical thinking ability at university level is required – minimum of a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of work experience.

  • A resourceful, insightful, confident and self-motivated person with strong intuition and decision making ability, to assess most appropriate course of action and execute taking into account the needs and values of others.

  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, in particular for building relationships with donors, prospects and colleagues – including intercultural effectiveness.

  • Ability to establish a positive rapport and influence with key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Must have a heart and commitment to work for the poor, passion for women’s economic empowerment is a plus.

  • Excellent organizational skills, including project management methods, and attention to detail; demonstrated ability to use initiative and work without close day-to-day supervision.

  • Integrity and capacity to maintain critical donor and organizational information confidential.

  • Strong ability to influence and negotiate, through strong written and verbal communications in English. (Spanish or French in addition would be a strong advantage.)

  • Excellent computer skills - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, databases, web maintenance, and Lotus Notes (understands proper professional email protocols) or similar.

  • Financially numerate and comfortable with budgets, reporting and analysis. CRM/Blackbaud or other relationship management system knowledge, a plus.

  • Proactivity: Stays alert to trends and responds appropriately and develops directions based on research. Actively maintains current industry knowledge.