United States of America: Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships

Organization: Alliance for Peacebuilding
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 16 Nov 2016

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) leads a community of 106 organizations building peaceful and just societies around the world. We work collaboratively with our members to address issues too large for any one organization to tackle alone. What We Do:

  • Influence by providing viable options to violence; publicizing efforts to build peaceful societies; giving policymakers alternatives to force-based national security; and creating powerful narratives for public media.
  • Innovate by catalyzing new ideas and breaking down silos between different areas of practice.
  • Impact by adding to the capacities and professionalism of our field and harnessing the collective strength of our members.

The AfP workplace is fast-moving, since we must be responsive to conflict occurring daily around the world, and we must anticipate the needs of our members, partners, and government colleagues in Washington, and abroad. We are a small, dedicated staff, working collaboratively across all of our programs rather than staying in silos. We are a learning organization – constantly evaluating our own progress, and practicing the values of transparency, respect, and mutual that form the core of peacebuilding.

The world is changing rapidly, and peacebuilding must contend with the rising politics of hate, the closing of civil society space, and the rise of populist leaders. At the same time, new frameworks for peace such as the Agenda 2030 at the United Nations, and a new emphasis on conflict prevention in the humanitarian and refugee assistance communities, open the door to new partnerships and an amplified scope for action. The Alliance for Peacebuilding seeks to harness the collective energy and expertise of our members during this turbulent time, and to strengthen the voice of peace.

Job Summary

AfP is seeking a Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships to work in our Washington DC Headquarters. This position will report to the CEO and President, or her delegate. We are seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial candidate who can (1) mobilize AfP’s membership of 107 organizations and amplify the power of their work; (2) reach out across sectors to attract new members and partners to AfP; (3) help AfP develop corporate and private sector partnerships; and (4) work collaboratively with AfP senior staff to attract financial resources through partnerships with foundations, individual donors, and other funding sources.

We are seeking someone who is passionate about peacebuilding, works effectively and happily on a team, and constantly seeks to bring value and new ideas to our core staff, and to our members and partners. The applicant must have a creative vision for social change, and must be able to listen well to others and integrate multiple perspectives in programming and joint action. The applicant must be very well organized, and must be able to take initiative and responsibility across his or her full portfolio.


This position has an annual salary range between $60,000-$65,000, payable according to AfP’s bi-monthly payroll schedule, with standard deductions, and an excellent benefits package including health, dental and vision, life, short-term and long-term disability, TIAA-CREF retirement plan with a 5% monthly contribution by AfP, fitness center access, opportunity for 1 telework day/week after 3 months of continuous regular employment, 3 week so paid annual leave, 11 paid holidays and 12 sick days per year, FMLA and bereavement leave, lifetime membership with AfP, and a monthly metro stipend.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a partnership strategy to increase the reach and impact of our ongoing efforts, and to amplify the voice of the peacebuilding field.
  • Mobilize our membership, building new partnerships, and raising resources. Develop partner networks and strategic partnerships in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Coordinate the management of ongoing relationships with existing partners and, where relevant, leverage those relationships to bolster their collective impact.
  • Conceptualize new strategic initiatives that could be built around or benefit from corporate, foundation, government, bilateral organizations or other partnerships.
  • Work jointly with AfP staff to develop and implement AfP’s communication strategy.
  • Work closely with AfP substantive programs to seek opportunities for partnership engagement, and integrate the findings of AfP’s substantive work into the larger member and partnership network.
  • In conjunction with the CEO and Senior Director, expand and diversify the funding base/pipeline to increase AfP’s major initiatives and existing collaborations.
  • Develop and manage events in support of AfP’s strategic initiatives and fundraising, including AfP’s annual conference every spring (400 attendees, over two to three days, with one day held at the United States Institute of Peace).


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in a field related to peacebuilding or international affairs strongly preferred. MBA and JD degrees qualify.
  • At least 7 years of experience in an area of social change, with a preference for work dealing with international issues.
  • Proven ability to find strategic partnerships that have led both to effective social change, and also to increased revenue and contracts.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with high level executives, including diplomats, policymakers, and NGO leaders.
  • Strong analytic skills (financial, planning, operational).
  • Demonstrated drive to solve problems in a team environment and leading with high energy and a positive attitude.
  • Previous experience with developing strategic initiatives or fundraising roles for a nonprofit, foundation, campaign organization, or similar organization.
  • Demonstrated success in having expanded and cultivated existing partnerships over time.
  • Experience with working as part of a senior management team and leading organizational strategy.
  • Strong relationship building skills and an entrepreneurial approach that leverages further opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and excellent relationship building skills.
  • Ability to handle change and work comfortably in a fast-moving environment.
  • Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn deeply about the work of our members and partners.

How to apply:

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to lhume@allianceforpeacebuilding.org, ATTN: Liz Hume, Senior Director for Programs & Strategy. Each attachment should be labeled “Last name, First name – [Document type].” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified person is identified.

Only applicants meeting required qualifications for the position will be considered and contacted. The Alliance for Peacebuilding is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. The Alliance for Peacebuilding does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, race, or persons with disabilities.

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