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Partnership Director, Midwest Region (Must be based in MI, IL, or OH)

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FII-National
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Chicago, IL
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Published 20 days ago

About Us

FII-National (FII) dba UpTogether is a national organization of individuals across the country with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities who share a passion for social justice and racial equity. Our mission is to recognize, highlight and invest in the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of people in undervalued communities and partner with government and philanthropy to do the same.


After working with thousands of families since our founding in 2001, at FII/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. Our approach views individuals and families with low incomes from a position of strength, recognizing that they have the capacity and insight needed to make decisions for themselves and don’t need outside saviors or solutions. 


Our three-pronged strength-based approach includes:

  1. Social Capital: Incentivize and promote social capital exchanges present in communities, where people rely on each other and increase their economic consumption by engaging in non-monetary exchanges of goods, services, knowledge, and networks that materially improve economic well-being.
  2. Direct Investment: Unrestricted cash or cash equivalent investments directly in an individual or household. These investments are neither interest bearing nor have an expectation of loan repayment. Investments are made based on the strengths demonstrated by a family or a group of families. People do not have to show their “neediness” in order to receive investment.
  3. Agency: Individuals and families have full agency over their decisions and how they utilize their direct investments in order to achieve mobility. 


To execute our approach, we built UpTogether, a technology platform that transfers cash investments directly to families and offers an interactive component for individuals to grow and strengthen their social networks and support one another so they can move up, together.

We have proven that fostering social networks, honoring self-determination, and matching people’s efforts with unrestricted cash investments results in achieving significant progress toward social and economic mobility. Our focus now is on bringing this approach to philanthropic and government organizations throughout the country by encouraging the adoption of direct investment and the distribution of funds through our UpTogether platform.


At FII/UpTogether, we work towards these values:

  • Community: We honor 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.
  • Impact: We test and scale strategies for systems adoption of a strength-based approach to accelerate socioeconomic mobility for people living at or below the poverty line in the U.S.
  • Collaboration: We center the lived experiences of families in undervalued communities and engage the knowledge, experience, and perspectives of our board, partners, and staff to build and grow a strength-based approach to end poverty. 
  • Racial Equity: We are committed to being an anti-racist organization, and we promote anti-racist policies that eliminate the racial wealth divide. 
  • Leadership: We acknowledge that leadership is not based on a title and honor the many forms in which it appears. We celebrate leadership that embodies all of our organizational values, driving us to act against the dominating deficit-based approach to fighting poverty. 
  • Choice: We trust that people living at or below the poverty line know what’s best and are capable of making decisions for themselves and their families.


The Position

Under the direction of the VP of Partnerships & Revenue (currently vacant, interim reporting to the CEO), the Partnership Director will develop and lead the regional strategy for the adoption of FII/UpTogether’s strength-based approach. They will identify, cultivate and steward philanthropic, governmental, and individual funding partners in the Midwest region.

The Partnership Director will work to secure direct funding commitments to the UpTogether Fund for the benefit of each funding partner’s self-identified constituency (individuals and families living with low incomes in specific cities, towns, zip codes, etc.). Ideally, funding partners will manage their own self-designed ‘fund’ on UpTogether and utilize UpTogether’s analytic tools. This individual will work closely with direct funding partners who manage and distribute their funds through the UpTogether platform and more traditional funders who continue to make direct donations/grants to FII/UpTogether for management and distribution.


They will supervise a Partnership Manager who will support their regional strategy, including Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan. This is a 100% remote position (must be based in MI, IL, or OH) with a solid internet connection and functional work environment required.


Partnerships and Revenue Responsibilities 

  • Plan and implement strategies to secure donors and contributions for direct investments to families and communities
  • Lead and develop philanthropic, governmental, and individual fundraising efforts throughout the region to support, sustain and grow adoption of FII/UpTogether’s strength-based approach;
  • Own philanthropic, governmental, and individual relationships throughout the region, whether current or prospective funders;
  • Knowledge of the fundraising landscape in the area and in FinTech
  • Possess relationships and networks that can be leveraged to advance the work
  • Strengthen relationships and two-way communication paths with current and prospective philanthropic, governmental, and individual funders;
  • Identify and prioritize philanthropic, governmental, and individual funder prospects to support specific regional objectives and general organizational mission;
  • Lead regional communications with philanthropic, governmental, and individual funders as well as other key stakeholders (i.e., analytic trends, insights, findings significant happenings to report; member and partner stories);
  • Where advantageous to FII/UpTogether’’s organizational mission, establish relationships with NGOs or private entities;
  • Serve as primary contact with regional Funding Partners, Influencers, and Policy Makers, and
  • Share responsibility for UpTogether member recruitment with Funding Partners.

 

Managerial/Operational Responsibilities 

  • Project and partner funds tracking and management;
  • Assume supervisory role for the assigned Partnership Manager;
  • Collaborate with other departments as needed regarding contract negotiations, data requirements, budgets, and financial obligations;
  • Actively participate in event ideation, planning, coordination, and facilitation, as needed;
  • Develop a familiarity with member outcomes across varied funding offers and stay current on learnings;
  • Provide feedback to functional organizations (finance, technology, support) from the partner segment based on actual experience.


Required Attributes/Skills 

  • Track record of identifying, cultivating, and managing partnerships with government and philanthropy that build a strong revenue pipeline and resulting in revenues raised ranging from $1M-$10M;
  • Experience managing and collaborating/negotiating with direct clients and partners;
  • Experience and comfort with oversight and management of multiple projects and priorities simultaneously;
  • Capability to adapt FII/UpTogether’s strength-based approach to address systemic limitations and partner preferences across various organization types;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and network effectively across diverse communities and stakeholders;
  • Strong management skills, excellent organizational skills, and meticulous details;
  • Familiarity and comfort with tracking and building project budgets;
  • Skilled “generalist” capable in analytical work and writing as well as community advocacy and action;
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and managerial skills suited to a very flexible and non-hierarchical internal management culture, which not only permits but requires senior staff initiative and creativity;
  • Significant work experience and/or 4-year college degree in fundraising, project management, community organizing, or related areas.


Other Attributes 

  • Exceptional communication, written and verbal;
  • Ability to thrive in a remote work environment; self-directed; proactively reaches out, responsive; comfortable in a virtual setting;
  • Demonstrated commitment to, or passion for, our mission; deep belief and trust in the innate capabilities of low-income families and communities; willingness to engage in conversations aimed at addressing erroneous stereotypes about low-income people and people of color;
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required; familiarity with Google applications a plus.


Compensation

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and vacation. The salary range is $100K - $120K annually. 


Inclusion Statement

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.


To Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter via this link: Apply Now. Your cover letter should outline how your personal and/or work history will contribute to the mission of FII/UpTogether. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

About Us

FII-National (FII) dba UpTogether is a national organization of individuals across the country with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities who share a passion for social justice and racial equity. Our mission is to…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 3, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

$100,000 - $120,000

Benefits

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and vacation. 

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and vacation. 

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Chicago, IL, USA

How to Apply

To Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter via this link: Apply Now. Your cover letter should outline how your personal and/or work history will contribute to the mission of FII/UpTogether. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

To Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter via this link: Apply Now. Your cover letter should outline how your personal and/or work…

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