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Partnerships Associate- ANDE

Department: ANDE
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylandís Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. ANDE is a global membership network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty.

Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 250 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions, foundations and corporations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C. with several offices in emerging markets, the ANDE team works hard to support members globally, and locally, while building strong ecosystems for entrepreneurial growth. ANDE develops unique initiatives to address systemic challenges and seize opportunities that can only be approached through collective action.

Basic Function

This position may be hired for at an Associate or Senior Associate level depending on candidate qualifications and experience. This role provides direct support to the Director of Strategic Development in the ongoing management of project scoping, proposal development and grant report writing for the ANDE team. ANDE is a large and complex organization with a global footprint and a broad set of programmatic themes and the (Senior) Partnerships Associate plays a key role in ensuring the sustainability of our regional chapters.

The (Senior) Partnerships Associate is expected to hit the ground running and deliver on key deliverables related to program development in partnership with current and prospective donors. The Associate will also ensure that all relevant processes are in place so nothing falls through the cracks as ideas turn into projects. We have a lot of exciting opportunities coming down the pike and this role will be critical in ensuring ANDE has the fuel to successfully reach cruising altitude at 30,000 feet.

The (Senior) Partnerships Associate will be a core member of the fundraising and communications team and help execute on the day-to-day operations of the fundraising side of the house. The role requires a mix of superb writing and communications skills (internally and externally facing).

Your day might start on a call with a prospective donor in Europe to better understand how ANDE might adapt a pan-African proposal to meet their needs while ensuring we can deliver on ambitious milestones. Itís likely youíd follow that with a meeting to pull together a budget that you need for a concept note focused on new research planned in three countries in Latin America. Your afternoon would be busy inputting data in Salesforce to update the global team on where proposals stand, and which conversations with donors have taken place. You may end the day with a last-minute call to a donor in Asia to communicate unexpected changes related to a contract deliverable. The very next day may be spent in its entirety writing an interim report for one of ANDEís current funders.

Each day will be different, and this role will provide a wide variety of skills development opportunities and exposure to topic areas throughout the small and growing business space in developing countries. This role will be based in the Washington, DC office and will provide an opportunity to perfect time management, prioritization, and writing skills, as there will be several responsibilities to master.

Position Description

  • Day to day work involves a wide variety of fundraising related tasks from writing, to sitting in on concept development meetings, developing relationships with donors, facilitating proposal assembly, shepherding contracts through due diligence, to updating and analyzing information in Salesforce.
  • Schedule and organize meetings with staff and donors to move proposals along.
  • Assist regional chapters in formulating a fundraising strategy, identify prospects and build new fundraising relationships.
  • Maintain responsibility for a fundraising goal to support regional chapter operations and programming.
  • Publish the monthly fundraising bulletin to support member collaboration and awareness of new global opportunities.
  • Each day will be different, but this role will provide exposure to a wide variety of skills experience and topic areas throughout the small and growing business space in developing countries.

Knowledge, Education, Experience

The ideal candidate for this position:

  • Is process oriented and capable of managing a number of concurrent priorities, tracking competing deadlines, and proactively completing deliverables or working with other team members to see they are completed on time.
  • Has professional interest and experience in entrepreneurship/private sector international development work.
  • Has at least 3-5 years of experience in a related role involving grant/proposal writing and institutional relationship management.
  • Is adept at matching supply and demand and can do so with nuance and diplomacy.
  • Will be ahead of schedule, cool under pressure and be good at getting people to do things they might prefer to delay or overlook.
  • Loves to problem solve with creativity and loves a challenge with a tight timeline.
  • Is an expert writer and enjoys drafting and editing to ensure the final product is accurate, polished, and inspiring.

The candidate will self-identify with and/or have previously thrived in an environment that aligns with ANDEís Values. At ANDE we:

  • are motivated by the urgency of the global challenges we are trying to address
  • embrace diverse experiences and perspectives
  • value community and collaborative action
  • leverage limited resources for maximum impact
  • work hard and have fun

Application Instructions - please submit a cover letter, salary expectations, and resume through the online portal. Applications without cover letter and salary expectations will not be considered.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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