Accion International

  • Specialist, Institutional Partnerships Team

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(6/21/2019 3:50 PM)
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    About Accion:


    Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by –  the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 90 partners in 40 countries. More at 


    Position Summary 


    The Specialist will support a well-respected organization that combines a 55-year history of success building microfinance institutions with innovative impact investing to ensure a world with access to economic opportunity for all. Currently, our work spans nearly two dozen countries, including the U.S., where we are the nation’s largest nonprofit microfinance network.

    Reporting to the Director for Institutional Partnerships, the Specialist is responsible for providing critical support to the Institutional Partnerships Team in various capacities. S/He will work directly with the Resource Development relationship managers and with program teams to stay up to date on program progress in order to track grant deliverables and share updates with current and prospective funders. S/He will oversee the donor proposal and reporting schedules, help organize donor and prospect meetings, support the execution of strategic collaboration across the organization to maximize partner engagement and support the department’s overall goal of raising more than $10 million per year. The candidate will also support the preparation of donor reports and assist in the development of concept notes and proposals. The ideal candidate will have a background in financial inclusion and a curiosity and willingness to deepen that understanding through collaboration across Accion.

    The candidate will also support the Resource Development team’s need for background information and biographical profiles for both institutional and individual prospects, with a goal of finding and stewarding relationships, ultimately converting them to donors. S/He will also support the general day to day work of the department to ensure a highly effective, team oriented fundraising function, including but not limited to team meeting agendas and quarterly management reports.


    Donor Relations

    • Develop and write concept notes and grant proposals in collaboration with program teams
    • Produce donor reports to provide updates on grant deliverables and implementation
    • Support donor communications and relationship management
    • Manage a portfolio of small family foundations: serve as steward for donor relations, develop content for annual proposal and manage grants

    Donor Prospecting

    • Using advanced internet and public record research techniques, research prospects and gather information regarding their philanthropic interests, giving capacity, history with the organization, etc.
    • Support outreach and engagement efforts for the top 20+ key institutional prospects and others as needed


    • Grant Cycle Management: Oversee the team’s grant pipeline, donor deliverables calendar and other necessary responsibilities pertaining to the grant cycle (contract execution, gift acknowledgements etc.)
    • Provide support to management in key functional areas, including analysis and quarterly reporting
    • Maintain and update accurate donor and gift data in Raiser’s Edge database
    • Prepare biographical profiles and research reports for use by senior management and the CEO
    • Correspond with Communications and Executive Office on key meetings and events

    This individual should demonstrate the ability to prioritize responsibilities, produce high quality writing, the skills to analyze and synthesize accomplishments and donor requirements, and possess the curiosity and passion to learn and grow their writing, research, analytical, and overall fundraising skills. The ideal candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills, attention to detail and accuracy. S/He must be highly organized, able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.


    • Interest and experience in international development or nonprofit management required
    • Excellent communication and writing skills
    • A willingness to "roll up one's sleeves" and do what is needed to get the job done
    • Superlative organizational skills: ability to manage complex projects from creation to completion, plan and prioritize multiple projects, and coordinate to meet deadlines
    • Exemplary interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with individuals at all levels
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Demonstrated poise, tact, integrity, and professionalism
    • Knowledge and proficiency with Raisers' Edge desirable
    • Strong command of the Microsoft Office suite
    • Bachelor's degree required
    • Generally 4-5 years of relevant work experience
    • Interested in our mission and working globally.
    • Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect and passion for social change.
      • Excellence: Accion staff should always put forth their best effort in all activities, strive for high quality of collective and individual performance; and demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times while in the workplace and while working on behalf of the organization.
      • Respect: Accion staff should value one another’s roles and responsibilities as much as their own, be encouraging, and value the diverse and unique perspectives of colleagues. They should honor obligations and commitments to each other and to external partners.
      • Passion for Social Change: Accion staff should be committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, value the greater good of the organization over personal gain, and promote a productive workplace by acknowledging the accomplishments of others. 


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