Strategic Partnerships Coordinator


Oklahoma City or Minneapolis, United States 🇺🇸

Position Summary:

The Strategic Partnerships Coordinator supports the growth and implementation of Water4’s fundraising strategy, focused on the institutional donor portfolio. The Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships with proposal development and partnership building, as well as grant and contract compliance for all Water4 institutional donors, including reporting, communications, and relationship management.

This position reports to the Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships. The Strategic Partnerships team will work closely to prospect new donors, develop grant and partnership proposals, and manage post-bid donor relations, or stewardship. The team is responsible for meeting or exceeding annual revenue targets in support of Water4 operations.

Job functions for new partnerships include prospecting, arranging initial meetings with potential donors or partners, preparing concept notes and writing proposal drafts, in close collaboration with the Program and Finance departments including staffing plans and budgets. The Coordinator will be part of a team that represents Water4 to a wide range of potential partners, including international NGOs, impact investors, foundations, corporations, multilateral development banks, and individual donors.

The Strategic Partnerships Coordinator will also manage the hand-off of grants to the Program team, and will continue to monitor and track progress throughout the grant lifecycle. The Coordinator will also lead grant reporting by working with the Program and Finance teams to ensure reporting and compliance requirements are understood and that reports are submitted to donors as required. The Coordinator may be asked to support writing of sub-contracts and relationship management with other implementing partners.

The Coordinator will liaise between the Strategic Partnerships and Marketing Departments with regard to communications and will focus efforts on writing stories, social media posts, blogs, impact reports, and marketing materials and editing the work of colleagues.

The Coordinator should be a self-starter and eager to learn and develop new leadership skills. He or she will develop and maintain a best-practices understanding of the water and sanitation sector and will develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the mission, values, business strategy, business model and current field operations of Water4.

The Coordinator will be accountable for setting and achieving annual key performance indicators in support of departmental key results. He or she will participate in routine team meetings, maintain a flexible approach to work programming and shifting priorities, and serve as a team player to build and scale the work of Water4 toward its 2030 vision.

Time Allocation of Responsibilities:

Partnership prospecting and matching with project opportunities:10%
Relationship development with new potential partners/donors:10%
Project/proposal development:40%
Stewardship of existing donors, including compliance and reporting:20%
Advocacy and knowledge management to position Water4 as a key player in the WASH sector:10%
Managing marketing and communications materials targeted to specific donor groups:10%

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resources Management, International Development, Communications, Journalism or other
  • 2-5 years of work experience with an international development agency or international business, including grant or contract writing and grant or contract management
  • Excellent communications and writing skills
  • Excellent networking skills and ability to prospect new donors
  • Experience with mission-based work and/or faith-based approaches in development
  • Passionate about supporting poverty alleviation in all its forms, and working toward the greater good by empowering others
  • Experience in the water and sanitation sector is a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Suite, Dropbox
  • Experience managing programs or projects in Asana, Loomly and Salesforce is a plus
  • Experience with social media post writing in a professional setting
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally and in the U.S. to meet partners and attend events as a Water4 representative
  • Ability to serve as a Water4 brand ambassador
  • Proficiency is French language is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills

General Competencies

The following competencies are expected of all Water4 employees

Job knowledgeDemonstrates knowledge of purposes, objectives, practices and procedures required to perform the job.
ProductivityProduces a volume of work consistent with the normal requirements of the job.
Quality of workWork is accurate, thorough and timely according to agreed standards and expectations agreed.
CommunicationExpresses information verbally and in writing in a clear and coherent manner.
ReliabilityCan be depended upon to perform assigned tasks in a timely manner and degree of supervision required.
InitiativeExhibits drive to complete tasks and takes charge in the absence of detailed instructions.
DelegationDelegating and following up regularly to ensure that delegated duties and responsibilities are carried out.
TeamworkEstablishes and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers and works to share responsibilities towards common targets.
LeadershipMotivates and builds morale, eliciting cooperation from subordinates and achieving results through a team effort.
Constructive FeedbackAccepts improvement-oriented ideas and offers the same to colleagues or those under their supervision.

Position Reports To:
Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships

Preference for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

To Apply for this Job:
Please send cover letter, resume’, references and salary requirements to at [email protected]

Application Deadline:
January 31st, 2021

Organization Summary:
Water4, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, USA, is an international nonprofit using faith, innovation and empowerment to reimagine a world free from the water crisis. Water4 equips missional entrepreneurs in developing nations to create lasting economic, physical and spiritual change through market-based safe water solutions. This approach puts the solutions to local problems in the hands of local people and ensures that safe water access is sustained by local resources. Since 2008, Water4 has impacted the lives of over one million people in more than 30 countries through the power of safe and living water.