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About The Partnership Funds: The Partnership Funds uses pooled funding from philanthropic partners to invest in member-led organizations and networks to develop and exercise independent political power. We prioritize organizations that center the leadership and lived experiences of people most impacted by systemic inequality and historically excluded from democratic practices. When interventions are driven by the lived experiences and leadership of impacted communities we see transformative change and transference of power. As such, The Partnership Funds is committed to building independent political power through organizations that center the leadership and experiences of Black women, immigrants, women of color, and LGBTQ people.

The Funds recently hired its second executive director and updated our goals and vision. Our goals in 2020 are to: ensure all funding and programming is aligned with that revised vision; re-grant $1.8M to support the nonpartisan, independent political capacities developed and deployed by state-based organizations, leaders and projects; restructure the organization into a democratic fund prepared for implementation in 2021; develop a clear vision, strategy and set of experiments to advance independent resource generation strategies that enable membership based organizations to raise resources through economic development, membership growth or other strategies that advance collective social entrepreneurship.

About the Organizational Culture: This leadership position will report directly to the Executive Director and work with our small virtual full-time team operating out of North Carolina and New York. We offer flexible hours and expect that high quality work is completed by or before the deadlines. The ideal leader will have a sharp political analysis of power and gender rooted in an anti-Blackness and liberation framework.

Hiring: Full time - Exempt

Location: Anywhere, USA

Travel: Work from home with commitment to travel for work 40% (when safe)

Salary: $90,000-$120,000 + generous benefits and compassionate work culture

Closing Date: July 28, 2020


Position Summary:

The Partnership Funds and Partnership Action Funds is seeking a Director of Innovations & Partnerships (DIP) to support the continued growth of our network by increasing philanthropic partners. We seek a DIP who brings skills in fundraising, grantmaking and research. The DIP  will support the Executive Director to raise $1M+ in new philanthropic dollars to advance independent political power. The ideal candidate will bring experience in fundraising for values-driven projects and/or relationships and knowledge of philanthropy. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the Executive Director.


Position Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership:

  • Support the Executive Director’s leadership by co-creating, facilitating and leading meetings, convenings, and gatherings for grantees, donors, and the Advisory Board.

  • Co-create, lead and facilitate staff meetings to ensure that the team is working in alignment.

  • Serve as outward facing surrogate for TPF to philanthropic partners, donors, and grantees as necessary.

Partnership Cultivation:

  • Cultivate, maintain, track and leverage relationships with potential philanthropic partners. 

  • Support the Executive Director to prepare for and pitch the work, mission, vision and resource needs of TPF.

  • Develop systems and processes for partnership cultivation including database acquisition.  

  • Build strong relationships with partners in the field and on the team to help advance the mission and vision of TPF.

Resource Development:

  • Develop, socialize and implement a strategy to ensure that TPF raises $1M in additional resources to ensure that TPF can meet its mission and goals.

  • Create, manage and leverage a robust prospect list of regional, state and national philanthropic partners who are aligned with TFP for direct or aligned giving.

  • Track and engage existing resource commitments and ensure that reports and renewals are developed and submitted on time.

  • Re-imagine and redevelop TPF’s framework and materials for resource development.



  • At least three to five years of executive nonprofit leadership experience.

  • Existing relationships with philanthropic organizations and leaders

  • A demonstrated capacity to raise resources from philanthropic partners to advance long-term goals. 

  • A demonstrated ability to effectively craft materials, narratives, and collateral that supports resource generation.

  • Self-starter with an organizing background and orientation.

  • Has a practice with mind/body practice that results in embodied leadership and learning mindset. 

  • Alignment with the Partnership Funds organizational mission and vision, including experience working with racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse communities and demonstrated commitment to racial equity and gender justice.

  • Experience in research and data analysis, particular experience developing research and program experiments that improve organizational impact and the ability to evaluate and synthesis the results.

  • Demonstrated capacity to ideate, design, and execute effective programs that enhance skills and expertise in areas of community organizing, community development and philanthropy.

  • Demonstrated ability to use quantitative and qualitative data in the construction of effective interventions, and strategic and tactical decision-making.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to interact productively with the full range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.

  • Highly relational, with a strong belief in the importance of relationship-building for success, both internally and externally.

  • Tenacious and flexible, with a “getting to a yes” attitude and a propensity for working through roadblocks and achieving your goals;

  • Supervisory experience preferred.

To Apply:

This is a  full-time, exempt leadership position with The Partnership Funds. Please send a cover letter,  resume and resource generating writing sample to the recruiter at Please address the following topics in your cover letter: 1) What is your definition of equity? 2) What is your definition of power? 3) How do you think resource generation and philanthropic partnerships can advance independant power building? Interviews for  finalists will take place in mid-July, 2020 via zoom. No phone calls, please. Only those selected for further discussion will be contacted. 

Director of Innovations & Partnerships

Hiring Statement:

The Partnership Fund is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’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.

The Partnership Funds Deputy Director Job Description

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