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UWC International: Public Sector and Foundation Grants Manager, 11.12. (9 Uhr)

Job Title: Public Sector and Foundation Grants Manager

Department: Philanthropy Team

Reports to: Head of Philanthropy

Status: Full time 38.5 hours per week

Location: Berlin, Germany

Salary: EUR 56,000 per annum

Changing the world takes passion and dedication

Isn’t it time that your passion and dedication be channelled towards a career and community that genuinely changes lives?

If you…

  • want to transform your own life by transforming the lives of others
  • crave a career that creates opportunity for others
  • desire to make dreams come true for those who never thought it possible
  • know that education is the foundation from which we can change the world
  • believe that today’s young people can transform tomorrow
  • strive for world peace and global sustainability
  • dare to dream

…then a career with UWC could be the change you need.

UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. To fulfil its mission, UWC has 18 schools worldwide, alongside over 155 mostly volunteer-run national committees which select UWC students independent of their socio-economic background. The UWC International Office is the executive arm of UWC International, a UK registered charity, and is situated at the heart of the UWC movement. It is currently located in an office in central London and a second office will soon be opened in Berlin. The UWC International Office serves UWC International’s governance bodies and collaborates closely with all stakeholders from across the UWC movement, engages the UWC alumni community of more than 60,000 members. Responsibilities include global fundraising, global strategy development and implementation, global communications, marketing and partnerships as well as supporting the development of UWC national committees and UWC schools and colleges around the globe. Fundraising is one of the core functions of the UWC International Office (UWCIO), as over 80% of national committee selected boarding students at UWC schools and colleges receive a scholarship to enable access to a UWC education independent of socio-economic means.

Working with us will inspire and challenge you

Driving a mission to make the UWC experience available to tomorrow’s changemakers, irrespective of their background, beliefs and economic means demands colleagues with passion and dedication, and a talent for transformation. Our students go on to become leaders in politics, NGOs, social enterprises, community movements, charities, and business. For life, they remain dedicated to the UWC mission and many of them remain in close contact with us, their school, and their peers.

Are you our new Public Sector and Foundations Grants Manager?

Right now, we are searching for a Public Sector and Foundations Grants Manager..

The Philanthropy Team at UWC International is responsible for developing UWC’s fundraising capacity, coordinating UWC movement-wide fundraising activities and for bringing in multi-million dollar gifts to support UWC’s comprehensive and ambitious scholarship programme.

The Grants Manager is a key role in the Philanthropy Team with a renewed focus on public sector funding opportunities and devising an implementation strategy across the UWC movement, with a secondary focus on seeking gifts from major private foundations. The focus of the role will be to develop high-quality applications for major grants and ensure their timely submission. You will work across the public sector and private foundation funding, portfolio researching opportunities and developing proposals in close cooperation with the team and other UWC stakeholders. You will lead on researching international funding opportunities from public sector and foundation sources with a special focus on Europe, and will produce and maintain up-to-date briefs on priority donor strategies. This role will be based at the UWC International Office in Berlin and will report to the Head of Philanthropy, who is based in London.

Candidates must have proven experience and a track record in major grant fundraising preferably in the international and/or education sector with experience of managing stewardship of major donor relationships and sound written and financial expertise.

If this sounds like the role to make you leap from bed every day then read on for further details.

Key responsibilities

Grants fundraising

  • Develop and manage fundraising initiatives.
  • Undertake research of prospective trusts and foundations, and public sector organisations, around the world.
  • Develop cultivation strategies for grant-making prospects covering timely and appropriate cultivation, solicitation and closure.
  • Manage the application process with each foundation to ensure application deadlines are met and all the required information is provided.
  • Work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development and advancement staff throughout the UWC movement, and other UWC representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for UWC-wide priorities.
  • Work with other members of the UWC philanthropy teams to share best practice, develop the culture of philanthropy, and offer support and services.
  • In collaboration with the Head of Philanthropy and the Senior Adviser International Fund Development, build on relationships with existing supporters, writing reports to meet deadlines and submitting further applications for funding.

Stewardship and Reporting

  • Manage contracts of our delivery partners to ensure contract performance and compliance (e.g. EU contracts)
  • Analyse performance data to inform funding decisions and performance management processes.
  • Coordinate data collection and reporting processes in order to meet contractual targets in a timely manner.
  • Maintain relationships with key contacts at funding partners.
  • Coordinate and implement stewardship plans for existing donors including written communications, visits and bespoke engagement opportunities
  • Plan and deliver donor events, campaigns and other activities.
  • Support the Head of Philanthropy in managing the donor database, ensuring that records are up to date and that all new contacts and correspondence has been entered. Maintain donor files and other development materials.
  • Write internal reports, analysing fundraising progress on a monthly or periodic basis.

Person Specification:

Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrable successful experience in public sector and foundation fundraising preferably in education and/or the international sector. Experience in EU or other multilateral fundraising would be an advantage.
  • Experience of contract management and compliance processes
  • Ability to build strong relationships and effective influencing and negotiation skills
  • Customer focused with a pro-active attitude and ability to use own initiative
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to liaise with staff at all levels around the world and to respond flexibly to a changing environment
  • Experience of donor management systems such as Donor Perfect, thankQ and Raiser’s Edge.
  • Spoken and written English equivalent to native speaker
  • Ideally fluent in German. Fluency in any other language (especially EU working languages) a plus


  • A commitment to the mission, values, and ideals of UWC, and a sensitivity to the role of the UWC International Office within the larger movement.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with staff, supporters and volunteers at all levels.
  • Enthusiastic and logical-thinking self-starter who is able to take initiative to secure results.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to work to deadlines, deliver targets, and to prioritise, plan and organise workload.
  • Unimpeachable ethical standards and personal integrity.
  • Willing to travel.

Visa requirements

Anyone who applies to work at UWC International in Berlin must have a work visa in compliance with the Immigration Rules in Germany.  If you need a work visa please make that clear in your application.

Applications Process and Deadline

Please send your CV and covering letter in English (each of a maximum of 2 pages) that relates your experience to the requirements to vacancies@uwcio.uwc.org. Please also indicate how you heard about this role. In your application, please also provide the name, roles and contact details of two referees. We will not contact them without letting you know.

Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Deadline for application: 11 December 2019, 9am Berlin time. The first round interviews will take place the week commencing 16 December 2019. 

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