Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships

Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation — or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and to achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.

Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demands for its model. The organization has locations in Minneapolis, MN which is also our national office, St. Paul, MN, Austin, TX, Fargo, ND, Rochester-SE, MN, Boston, MA, and Brooklyn, NY.

This moment has also led JP to reimagine and re-center our programming and advocacy work in a way that is reflective of the unique opportunities and challenges of each community. With a Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships, we will deepen our focus with families and their lives during a time that calls for increased attention and understanding and to significantly grow our reach.  Learn more about JP here.


Core Responsibilities

Through collaboration with JP’s campuses and the National Director of Development Strategy & Operations, the Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships and their team will be charged with leveraging data and program insights to identify potential fits between grantor funding priorities and JP’s mission.

The Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships will serve as the primary relationship strategist for all national institutional funders, collaborating and leveraging the CEO, Board Chair(s), Executive Directors, and other key development leadership to manage the stewardship of institutional funders.  The Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships is responsible for ensuring the highest levels of quality for key outcomes: writing and editing letters of intent, crafting grant applications and proposals and preparing timely reports to fund sources on grants received.

The Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships leads the development of case statements and narratives to identify strategic areas for program growth that describe JP’s work in a way that will inspire funding interest that fuels our two-generation housing, education, and all social justice work. Responsible for identification, research, and strategic outreach for new and existing institutional and foundation partners. This includes facilitating a comprehensive multi-year development strategy focused on foundations and government entities.

In collaboration with the grants team, the Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships will be responsible for the timely and high-quality submissions of proposals, applications, letters of interest, and concept papers by synthesizing organizational needs and goals into provoking proposals. This may also involve developing and executing work plans and timelines, meeting facilitation, quality assurance, communications with internal/external partners and funders, and final submission.

The Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships also works closely with the finance and program staff to develop budget documents and solicitation materials which includes overseeing reporting to government funders within the prescribed time frame for each contract.

Any other duties as assigned to help advance JP’s fundraising strategy and organizational infrastructure.



  • A Relationship Builder. You are genuinely curious about new people and possess strong listening skills. You like learning what motivates people, what inspires their generosity and makes them feel appreciated. You can initiate, organize and manage projects, and interface successfully with colleagues in a collaborative approach.
  • Persistent and Optimistic. You are intrinsically motivated and undaunted by ambitious goals. You have the creativity and tenacity to find your way around a “no” answer to a more productive “not right now,” “maybe,” or best yet, “yes.”
  • Exceptional in Communicating Verbally and in Writing. Demonstrated ability to write and edit persuasive materials including successful appeals, proposals, stewardship materials and other collateral. You have excellent presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Intentional. Your working style is about creating order and planning. You are a strategic thinker who always has their end goal in sight – asking for and closing gifts. You are skilled at keeping yourself on track with a portfolio of donors and are highly organized.
  • An Organizational Maven. You can manage across multiple work streams and functions, keeping deadlines and managing complexity by simplifying solutions, systems and processes with clarity and attention to detail. You have an ability to efficiently initiate and complete multiple tasks on time.
  • Mission Alignment. You possess a deep commitment to and understanding of current housing, education, early childhood and all social justice issues intersecting with poverty.
  • Adaptable and Flexible. You can handle any curveball, and in fact, you expect them. You can meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Additionally, you are strategic and can pivot quickly as priorities shift and the team continues to take shape. You can and are willing to travel if needed.


What You Will Need:

  • You have (15) fifteen years of professional experience, with at least (10) ten being in development related activities and (5) five years of direct management experience.
  • You have a proven track record initiating, stewarding and moving foundation gifts to higher levels of support within a $10M organizational budget.
  • You have personally been responsible for generating $2M or more in grant revenue in one calendar year.
  • You have strong prospect research skills and a solid understanding of moves management within a national multi-site nonprofit organization.
  • You are open to traveling up six times a year for no more than two days at a time.



Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

We offer competitive compensation, including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance, and generous time off.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online. Please upload a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements.