Partnerships Associate

May 18, 2022

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FUSE is seeking a Partnerships Associate to support the national and local philanthropic efforts for the organization. This position is an opportunity for a professional with a strong interest in local government and community development to develop skills and experience around fundraising, prospect research, funder management, government relations, contracting, and more.

LOCATION

FUSE Corps is currently a fully virtual organization and this position can be based remotely from anywhere in the United States.

ORGANIZATION

FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to freeing our country from social and economic barriers to opportunities that have been perpetuated by a history of systemic and institutionalized racism. We partner with local governments and communities to more effectively address pressing challenges by placing experienced professionals in city and county agencies. These FUSE Executive Fellows lead strategic projects that are designed to accelerate progress and advance racial equity.

Each fellow is selected through a dedicated executive search to ensure they have the competencies needed to achieve the goals of their specific project over the course of at least one-year of full-time work as FUSE employees. FUSE Executive Fellows are experienced professionals who are representative of, and deeply connected to, the communities they serve. We provide our fellows and local partners with training, coaching, networking, and professional support to ensure that they are able to achieve their greatest potential for impact. Since 2012, FUSE has led over 250 projects in 40 cities and counties across 18 states, improving the lives of more than 20 million people.

Our program is focused on issues such as workforce development, affordable housing, public health, educational access, criminal justice reform, and climate resilience. FUSE works to break down barriers between governments and the people they serve. We foster public-private partnerships, use human-centered design to engage the community in policymaking, and create more equitable outcomes. We encourage sustainable culture change within government agencies with a particular focus on making data-driven and results-based decisions. We also utilize storytelling to share the insights from our work so that we can inspire civic leaders to think and act differently in their pursuit of systemic change. For more info: www.fusecorps.org

OPPORTUNITY

FUSE is seeking a Partnerships Associate to support the national and local philanthropic efforts for the organization. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, within the Strategic Partnerships team, the Associate will provide administrative and operational support around various efforts to ensure that FUSE is able to pursue its mission with robust funding from a variety of sources. Working in close partnership with various team members across the organization, the Associate will help ensure that FUSE is able to meet its revenue goals through support from community foundations and other local funders in our partner communities, national foundations making major investments in large-scale campaigns, and fee-for-service contracts with our government partners. This position is an opportunity for a professional with a strong interest in local government and community development to develop skills and experience around fundraising, prospect research, funder management, government relations, contracting, and more.

Your specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

Funder Cultivation and Stewardship

  • Conduct prospect research using the web, databases such as Foundation Center Online, and other resources to identify regional and national funding prospects.
  • Partner with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships to support organizational leaders, including the CEO, with funder cultivation, stewardship, and ongoing relationship management.
  • Conduct background research, compose briefing memos and prepare materials that may be sent in advance to prepare for funder meetings.
  • Collect notes, document next steps, and support follow-up and from meetings.

Grant Writing and Reporting

  • Assist with writing grant proposals and grant reports, including conducting research to identify the specific interests of individual funders and working with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships to determine the best ways to align FUSE’s work with those priorities.
  • Develop a deep understanding of various fellowship projects being conducted in specific locations and/or issue areas in order to be able to highlight the impact of this work.
  • Collaborate with staff across the organization to collect data, stories, and other material to submit grant reports that communicate the impact achieved from our supporters.
  • Proofread content to ensure that all communications and submissions to funders are free of errors and written to the highest standards.

Government Partnerships

  • Support FUSE’s relationships with local governments and community partners.
  • Conduct background research, compose briefing memos and prepare materials to support government sales meetings and project scoping calls.
  • Support the team as needed with follow-up and next steps from meetings and in the preparation and execution of contracts with our government partners.

Data Management

  • Support data input and management in Salesforce, including creating and updating records, email tracking, report generation, report generation and refinement.
  • Provide administrative and scheduling support as needed to help ensure that the team is able to meet with current and prospective government partners on a regular basis.
  • Partner with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships to maintain the health of the database by regularly reviewing the use of fields and data, as well as removing duplicate records.
  • Manage the grant proposal and reporting calendars to ensure that FUSE meets all of its deadlines with funding partners.
  • Coordinate with the Finance & Operations team to report and reconcile all income.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion around FUSE’s mission, the pursuit of racial equity, and the future of American cities.
  • 2-3 years of experience with nonprofit fundraising, including donor research and management.
  • Proficiency with data input and management, and the use of CRM platforms. Salesforce experience is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills managing multiple, concurrent projects with high attention to detail.
  • Proactive and self-motivated problem-solver able to work in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to develop effective working relationships with a diverse group of colleagues within a small and collaborative team.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills.
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FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.