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Director of U.S. Strategic Partnerships

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Washington D.C., DC, USA

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced senior manager to join a small, tight-knit, and dedicated team who are committed to working hard to maximize the financial support we can provide to MAG's programs worldwide. For the full job description, please download the candidate pack here.

This is a strategic and senior management role in an international NGO. As Director of U.S. Strategic Partnerships, you will drive and support U.S. strategic business development to enable consistent organizational growth through funding revenues primarily generated from U.S. government sources. Working closely with colleagues at MAG, this role is responsible for strategically positioning the organization with partners in the U.S., primarily the Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The Director of U.S. Strategic Partnerships will develop and manage a results-orientated strategic partnerships and institutional fundraising strategy, working closely with MAG leadership, to ensure that MAG America’s strategy is integrated with and supportive of MAG’s strategy. MAG America exists to support MAG’s work globally, so it is vitally important that the role works closely and in coordination with MAG. The Director of U.S. Strategic Partnerships will directly manage the Grants Manager, providing leadership and support.

The successful candidate will have excellent project management, relationship management and business planning skills and the ability to coordinate multiple activities at the same time. Experience of working in a senior management position in a development or humanitarian organization is essential, and experience of working in the humanitarian mine action sector would be highly advantageous. Some international travel will be required in this role, which will include visits to MAG’s headquarters in Manchester, U.K., and at least one visit to a MAG operational program each fiscal year.

This is a fast-paced, rewarding position that will be suited to a highly motivated, solution-focused and flexible manager.

Areas of Responsibility: 

•    Working closely with MAG’s Strategy, Government Relationships and Strategic Partnerships Director and Programs teams, remain fully apprised of strategic and funding priorities, countries of operation and program needs in order to represent the organization effectively and identify opportunities and areas of synergy with U.S. government partners.
•    Work with the Executive Director to implement MAG America’s strategic plan, goals and objectives and enable MAG America to broaden its donor base and consistently grow revenues through the U.S. market.
•    Work closely with MAG leadership to implement MAG’s strategic plans and objectives in the U.S., where and when appropriate and consistent with relative provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two boards.
•    Ensure the continuation of revenue generation and strategic positioning of MAG America and MAG. Develop and support strategic relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to the following organizations:  PM/WRA, USAID, DoD, INGOs and commercial companies.
•    Act as principal officer for MAG America with regard to its status as primary recipient of PM/WRA funds, overseeing and ensuring compliance with relevant U.S. government regulations, including the monitoring (Section 331 of 2 CFR 200) of MAG as sub-recipient of PM/WRA funds.
•    In coordination with the Executive Director, act as a focal point for policy- and advocacy-related issues within MAG America. Work closely with MAG’s Policy and Influence Director and policy team to keep informed of MAG’s policy and advocacy positions, plans and priorities, and to work with MAG to determine how MAG’s advocacy messaging can be promoted in the U.S.
•    Work with the Executive Director and the Board on congressional advocacy and engagement and lead the development of congressional advocacy language and outreach.

•    Contribute to MAG America board meetings on country and regional issues, in relation to MAG's global strategy as required.
•    Conduct visits to MAG HQ in the U.K. as required.
•    Conduct visits to relevant countries, programs and projects to monitor and assess the quality and effectiveness of U.S. funded projects, assess compliance with federal funding regulations and terms and conditions, and to identify and maximize U.S. funding opportunities as identified.
•    Represent the organization by engaging with key mine action and other associations and organizations, serving on committees and advisory groups, and speaking in public settings. In particular, participate and represent MAG and MAG America in InterAction working group meetings.


Educational Background: 
Educated to Master's degree level or equivalent
Evidence of continued professional development relevant to the role purpose and level

•    At least five years of direct experience successfully managing complex humanitarian projects (mine action and small arms and light weapons project experience preferred), including experience of project design, development, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation.
•    Experience developing strategies and business plans that lead to diversification of income streams, increase in revenue, and support strategic organizational growth.
•    Experience providing high-profile organizational representation in an international context to achieve agreed strategic objectives.
•    Experience developing successful networks and relationships with donors, government bodies, and other NGOs.
•    Excellent lobbying and negotiating skills, including the ability to deliver compelling presentations at senior levels in the U.S. government, non-institutional donors, and other international organizations.
•    Knowledge and experience of working with relevant U.S. government donors (U.S. Department of State, USAID, and U.S. Department of Defense).
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally and a proven track record of successful coordination with remote teams and colleagues.
•    Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to plan and coordinate activities and projects.
•    Innovative, creative, and proactive with an analytical and solution-oriented approach.
•    Ability to develop and review concept papers and proposals.
•    Ability to self-motivate to achieve MAG and MAG America’s agreed objectives as a member of the global leadership team.
•    Ability to work in close partnership with and in support of MAG America and MAG staff.
•    Demonstrated commitment to high-quality standards and continually improving effectiveness and efficiency.
•    Ability to identify and pursue funding opportunities and work with MAG America to develop new business.
•    Ability to represent and promote MAG’s work at the highest levels.
•    Commitment to MAG America’s strategic direction and core values.


The salary for this role is competitive and commensurate with experience. MAG America offers a generous benefits package, including simple IRA with employer match, health insurance, and a progressive leave policy.

How to Apply: 

For a full list of position requirements and qualifications, please visit to download the application pack.

Application is by online submission of a resume and cover letter to Jamie Franklin ([email protected]) using the subject line “Director of U.S. Strategic Partnerships Job Application.”

Closing date for this position is Friday, July 26th, 2019.

Due to the high volume of applications that are received, we will not be able to respond individually to every application.

If successful, applicants not eligible to work in the U.S. will be offered the position conditional to MAG America successfully securing a U.S. work visa for them. Employment can only commence once the work visa has been approved and received.

Please note that as part of MAG's commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed.

Interview Arrangements

Interviews will be held in MAG America's office in Washington, D.C. and/or by conference call. Reasonable travel expenses for candidates invited to attend the interview will be reimbursed.

Organization Info

MAG America

Washington, D.C.
Annual Budget : 
1-10 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

To saves lives and build safer futures. Working with others around the world, we will use our core skills and distinctive competence to save lives through the removal of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), and reduce the impact of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and ammunition on people and communities. How we do this is as important as what we do - we work primarily with and for communities. For us, it's all about the people.


MAG’s current operational delivery spans 26 countries, across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Our programs vary in scale, age, and complexity, but each presents its own unique opportunities and challenges.

We have longstanding mine action programs in countries like Angola, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The majority of arms management and destruction work takes place in Africa, building on over a decade of experience. 

MAG’s programs in Mali, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo combine mine action and arms management and destruction programming elements. 

Iraq is currently our largest program, with over 600 staff and a budget exceeding $15 million per year. It draws on 25 years of mine action work and is at the forefront of the humanitarian response to one of the world’s most complex contemporary conflicts. 

Why Work For Us?: 

MAG America is an exciting and professional place to work. We are a small, tight-knit, and dedicated team who are committed to working hard to maximize the financial support we can provide to MAG's programs worldwide. 

Our staff of six include the Executive Director, Director of U.S. Strategic Partnerships, Development Director, Grants Manager, Development Operations Coordinator and Executive Assistant. More information on our staff can be found at: 

MAG America is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors, Board President Emeritus, and MAG America Ambassadors.  More information on our board can be found at: 

MAG America is committed to equal opportunities in employment, reducing discrimination in the ways we work, valuing differences and maximizing them to achieve our goals. We offer a generous benefits package, including simple IRA with employer match, health insurance, and a progressive leave policy.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jul 2 2019
Active Until: 
Aug 2 2019
Hiring Organization: 
MAG America