Director of International Program Development

Institute for Sustainable Communities, United States

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationStrategic Alliances
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th October, 2020

Job Description


The Director of International Program Development is responsible for identifying and developing new opportunities with corporate, foundation, and government donors for ISC’s international programs, currently focused in South and Southeast Asia. The position oversees all aspects of program design and proposal development from background research to proposal writing and timely submission. This includes researching, positioning, writing, and producing competitive proposals that will increase ISC’s funding and programs in Asia. The position also supports monitoring, evaluation and learning, and coordinates closely with ISC’s leadership, Country Directors, staff in Asia and the U.S.

The successful candidate will be motivated by the organization’s mission, that of its partners, and by embedding equity in climate change and sustainability policy and investments. The Director of International Program Development will have the opportunity to shape the direction of new international initiatives at the critical intersection of climate action and equity, advancing climate justice in countries that are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

More specifically, the Director of Program Development will:

  • Collaborate with the Vice President of International Programs and the Vice President for Development to identify, shape and advance ISC’s organization-wide and South and Southeast Asia fundraising strategies and opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities, analyze, gather intelligence, and conduct outreach to pinpoint mission-aligned program funding opportunities for ISC.
  • Lead, manage and support state-of-the-art project design, writing and production of proposal submissions, letters of interest, concept papers, informational materials, and supervise ISC cross-organization staff or contractors performing these functions.
  • Provide input on equity, inclusion and building the capacity of local leaders to tackle environmental, social and economic climate change and sustainability solutions.
  • Deliver timely and efficient International Program Board reports for submission and review by ISC’s President, scheduled updates to ISC’s departments, and Salesforce updates.
  • Coordinate donor meetings and networking to gather intelligence and strengthen relationships with key ISC donors and champions, and represent ISC in identifying and cultivating new donor and partnership opportunities.
  • Prepare and collaborate with ISC’s Communications team on communications, developing materials, messaging, and implementation of strategies.
  • Monitor ongoing projects and support program staff in analyzing program results, providing guidance in preparation of project reports, and supervision of business development consultants.
  • Facilitate the successful transition between program design and program execution including interim and/or mobilization support for the start-up of new programs.
  • Requirements

ISC seeks a dynamic professional who demonstrates the following attributes:

  • Master’s degree in a related area of expertise or equivalent work experience.
  • Ten or more years of international experience in analytical and strategic roles within the development and/or private sector, ideally including experience in urban sustainability, climate change, energy, supply chain management, community development, or engagement of marginalized communities.
  • Work experience in Asia is preferred.
  • Proven track record in successful fundraising, business and/or program development.
  • Analytical, strategic thinker, with clear and informative communications and writing skills.
  • Socially and interpersonally adaptable and comfortable in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated organization, efficiency, and timeliness in project management and delivery, meeting planning and facilitation.
  • Effective and independent when working on global teams, with multiple priorities and deliverables, while paying strict attention to deadlines and details.
  • Ability to lead and to manage complex global initiatives across diverse geographies and functions.
  • Strong entrepreneurial drive, motivation and the ability to identify creative solutions.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues, develop business opportunities with donors, and inform diverse audiences and stakeholder groups.
  • Commitment to ISC’s mission and goals.

Working Conditions

  • Office or work from home environment. Flexible hours required due to different time zones. Post-COVID international travel required, potentially up to 30% or 2-4 weeks/year.


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