Full-Time West Coast Regional Partnership Manager
UpTogether is a national organization of racially diverse individuals with a passion for social justice. Our mission is to accelerate social and economic mobility for individuals and families living with low incomes. After working with thousands of families since our founding in 2001, at UpTogether, we are certain people don’t live in poverty because they are lazy, uneducated, or mismanage money, as stereotypes would indicate. Instead, the poverty cycle, which disproportionately impacts Black and Latinx communities, can be traced to well-intentioned but inadequate governmental and charitable policies and practices that rely on a traditional top-down approach.
UpTogether’s Strengths Based Approach (SBA) includes:
- Community: We center our work around the strengths and initiatives of people living in undervalued communities and promote the role social networks within these communities play in helping people accomplish their goals and achieve long-term socioeconomic mobility.
- Capital: We invest in our members with unrestricted cash in recognition of the initiatives they are taking to improve their lives.
- Choice: We trust that people in undervalued communities know what’s best and are capable of making decisions for themselves and their families.
UpTogether reveals and accelerates the initiative people are taking to improve their lives. As a community, a movement and a platform, we use the power of information—compelling insights and personal success stories—to transform stereotypes, beliefs, practices and policies. Together with our members, we are championing a community-led movement to boost economic and social mobility in communities that have been undervalued and underinvested in for far too long.
The Partnership Manager (PM) will play an integral role, alongside the West Coast Regional Partnership Director, in cultivating and managing philanthropic and government relationships in the West Coast region, with the ultimate goal of growing investments in UpTogether’s community platform and in UpTogether’s focus communities (specific to region, income level, racial/ethnic demographics, and other characteristics based on the specific partnership). This role will report to and support the Partnership Director in project managing and implementing funds (how UpTogether refers to ongoing payments to specific communities), as well as philanthropic and government partner relationships, in the West Coast region. The Partnership Manager will also manage the West Coast Regional Partnership Coordinator, primarily to ensure smooth and successful fund implementation and to support resource generation. Simultaneously, the PM will help implement regional strategy in concert with UpTogether’s national strategy.
This role will be part of UpTogether’s Partnerships and Revenue Team. The PM will work directly with the West Coast Regional Partnership Director and the West Coast Regional Partnership Coordinator as part of a growing team of Partnership Directors, Partnership Managers, and Partnership Coordinators that make up the Partnerships and Revenue Team.
You’d be a great match for this position if you love project management/implementation, writing, research, relationship management, team-based collaboration and translating strategy into clear processes. You’re also a great match if you enjoy engaging and organizing people with financial power to the realities of systemic inequities and oppression.
This is a 100% remote position (Pacific Time preferred), so a solid internet connection and functional work environment are required.
~60% Resource Generation and Fundraising Support: The Partnership Manager will support the West Coast Regional Partnership Director in cultivating, securing, and stewarding direct funding commitments to UpTogether’s community platform. The Partnership Manager will also contribute to prospecting ‘good fit’ partner prospects in all categories (foundations, high net worth individuals (HNWI), corporate and government) developing a strong pipeline for the Partnerships and Revenue Team.
~40% Project Management and Implementation: The Partnership Manager will collaborate closely with the West Coast Regional Partnerships Coordinator to ensure all aspects of fund management and implementation are executed effectively. This will include interfacing with multiple internal teams at UpTogether, developing and adhering to protocols to ensure smooth fund operations, member payment, data and story sharing with partners, and grant reporting.
- Manage relationships with prospective and existing funding partners as appropriate.
- Identify site-specific grant opportunities and write and/or edit grant proposals, LOIs, and interim reports inclusive of member stories, relevant data and analysis.
- Assist Partnership Director and collaborate with Partnership Coordinator in the preparation of both site-specific and national grant proposals as needed.
- In collaboration with the Partnership Director, secure renewal agreements for each philanthropic, HNWI, and corporate funding partner with an eye to multi-year contracts and increasing investment dollars.
- Recommend improvements/enhancements to the UpTogether experience and platform based on funder feedback and experience.
- In collaboration with the Partnership Director, work to determine specific parameters of given funds with donor partners (e.g. direct investment amount per distribution, cadence of investment opportunity per member, geographic area, etc.).
- Ensure continuity and implementation of contract.
- Maintain records of partner transactions using Salesforce.
- In collaboration with Partnership Coordinator, coordinate with funder, support team, and communication team to provide recruitment assistance to enroll members on UpTogether platform as needed.
- Once funds have been launched, lead grant and financial reporting to partners on an agreed-upon schedule. Serve as the first point-of-contact in all day-to-day matters, drawing upon organizational resources to satisfy requests as appropriate.
- Regularly attend coalitional and external meetings on the Partnership Director’s behalf.
- Meet with Partnership Director to check on progress to goals set by both the region and P&R dept.
- Supervise Partnership Coordinator, inclusive of regular meetings and quarterly performance reviews.
Qualifications & Skills
- Demonstrated experience with ownership of projects.
- Experience with project management and complex implementation.
- Superb writing ability. Demonstrated experiencing crafting proposals, reports, policy briefs and other written documents.
- Clear and transparent communication. Ability to address internal and external needs in a timely manner; setting clear expectations and boundaries.
- Resourcefulness. Ability to confidently work cross-departmentally, proactively find information and self-teach as needed.
- Familiarity and comfort working with qualitative and quantitative data. Ability to comfortably work with and interpret data.
- Familiarity and comfort working on administrative-level tasks (detail), project management-level tasks, and high-level strategic planning.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
- Significant work experience and/or MA with focus pertaining to fundraising, project management, public policy or related area.
- Previous experience with/exposure to a wide range of fundraising and diversity of donors inclusive of philanthropic, corporate, private, high net worth individuals (HNWI), and/or government is preferred. Understanding the importance of fundraising in the organizational setting is a plus.
- Community-based connections in the grassroots/nonprofit world, local and state levels of government, and philanthropy welcome.
- Interest in working in an organization that continuously evolves and changes requiring flexibility and excitement for iteration.
- Comfort interacting with a diverse group of stakeholders. A passion for building relationships and having conversations that challenge ingrained assumptions about BIPOC communities and people experiencing poverty.
- Working knowledge of MS Office, familiarity with Google applications.
- Familiarity with Salesforce and financial documents, including budgets.
This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision, 401(k), and vacation. Salary range is $75,000–$90,000.
We strive to create a community that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we support the efforts of others to build such communities. We encourage all qualified and interested persons to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
How to ApplyTo be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter here. Your cover letter should outline how your personal and/or work history will contribute to the mission of UpTogether. We ask that you do not include a photo or image of yourself on your resume or cover letter. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.
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