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Who is Water Mission?
Water Mission is a Christian engineering nonprofit that builds sustainable, safe water solutions for people in developing countries, refugee camps, and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has served more than 8 million people in 59 countries, sharing safe water and the message of God’s love. Water Mission’s global headquarters is in North Charleston, SC, and the organization has more than 450 staff members based in Africa; Asia; North, South, and Central America; and the Caribbean. Charity Navigator has awarded Water Mission it's top four-star rating 15 years in a row, a distinction shared by only 1% of the charities rated by the organization. Working at Water Mission is as much a calling as it is a career, and we are searching for people with the courage, passion, and drive to help us change the world. Read more about our Statement of Faith and Christian Mission.
What is the opportunity?
The Partnerships Support Specialist will play a crucial role within the Global Partnerships (GP) team to help Water Mission achieve its funding goals. The Partnerships Support Specialist will spend approximately 50% of his or her time supporting the GP team’s operations and effectiveness. The role also includes a 40% focus on support activities related to partner engagement, including assisting the Senior Director and other Partnership Directors in direct partner engagement, prospect research, and making initial discovery contacts. The final element of this role is 10% general administrative support, including scheduling meetings, supporting presentation and agenda development, and coordinating logistics as needed for the team.
The GP team, which includes Corporate and Institutional Partnerships Directors, has distinct strategies to develop impactful relationships with Water Mission’s corporate and institutional (government, United Nations, NGO) partners. The Partnerships Support Specialist reports to the Senior Director of Global Partnerships. This is a full-time, remote position.
A successful Global Partnerships Support Specialist will:
Maintain a strong Christian witness to colleagues, partners, volunteers, the public, and those we serve.
Maintain high-level knowledge of Water Mission’s organizational objectives, programmatic strategies, projects, and activities.
Effectively communicate about the global water crisis and Water Mission’s solutions, vision, mission, and values to various audiences.
50% GP Operational Support:
Support the GP team's operations to maximize effectiveness within the organization. This includes both (1) process design and maintenance plus (2) project management of targeted efforts.
Process Design and Maintenance: Assist the Senior Director’s efforts to develop and optimize team operations. This includes workflows, processes, information access and flow, organizational integration, culture development, and more.
Project Management: Assist with projects that develop the GP team’s operational environment.
40% Partner Engagement Support:
Support the Senior Director and Corporate/Institutional Partnerships Directors to advance corporate and institutional partnerships.
10% General Administration
What is required?
Personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Alignment with Water Mission’s Statement of Faith and core values of Love, Excellence, and Integrity.
Bachelor’s degree required.
At least five years of work experience, with two or more years of experience interfacing with external constituents. Experience in nonprofit preferred.
Strong aptitude for process design, production efficiency, and ongoing systems maintenance.
Skilled in effective relationship building across internal teams and externally.
Ability to effectively navigate throughout an organization and corporate partner landscape.
Superior organizational skills, work quality, and attention to detail.
Experience working with donor database platforms (Raiser’s Edge experience preferred) and with project management software (Smartsheet experience preferred).
Ability to thrive in a highly fluid environment and respond to changing requests.
Ability to travel 2-3 times domestically and once internationally per year, with trips lasting roughly one week at a time.
Legal authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
Home internet bandwidth strong enough to support video conferencing and other job-related responsibilities is required.
Commitment to the values and mission of the organization and ending the global water crisis.