Program Manager, International Funds

Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt
Location: Flexible (remote); must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Salary: Starting at $77,000
Closing Date: Dec. 31, 2023

Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until we have a sufficient pool of diverse candidates who meet the job requirements, at which point we may pause the review of new applications before the stated deadline. Please understand that you may not be contacted for several weeks after you apply.

With the end of the calendar year approaching, including time off and holidays, we anticipate recruitment may continue into 2024, with interviews happening during January.

Ideal Start Date: Feb. 1, 2024

About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

CDP began in 2010 with the goal of pioneering the practice of strategic disaster philanthropy. Since then, it has grown in its ambition, envisioning a world where the impact of disasters is minimized through thoughtful, equitable, and responsible recovery for all. CDP has a $33 million budget and a team of more than 20 staff members working remotely across the U.S.

CDP is a trusted partner, expert and authoritative resource helping hundreds of individuals, foundations, and corporations boost the impact of philanthropic giving in response to disasters and humanitarian crises by supporting equitable recovery and addressing root causes of vulnerabilities worldwide.

In 2022, CDP awarded $28.2 million through more than 117 grants to 99 grantee partners worldwide; demonstrated thought leadership through 15 webinars, 21 external commentaries, 113 blog posts, 43 featured speaking engagements and other events; and served 40 philanthropic partners through consulting efforts.

As an organization grounded in racial and intersectional equity, our team members are deeply committed to strengthening communities most vulnerable to disasters because of systemic inequities. We are guided by our values of integrity, boldness and innovation, humility, and empathy in all that we do in pursuit of our mission.

Bottom line: We aspire to walk the talk of anti-racism and to treat each other and our partners in ways that inspire trust, creativity, learning and care.

Be a part of our fast-growing team that offers countless ways to help communities thrive. Join us!

Responsibilities & Duties

The Program Manager, International Funds, plays a critical role in CDP’s international fund management function by ensuring effective strategic grantmaking and stewardship of CDP’s international disaster response and recovery funding and portfolio of partnerships.

This new role provides added capacity to the international team alongside the current program manager, international funds. The position reports to the director of international funds. This program manager will work with the current program manager to ensure the effective administrative management of the international grantmaking team’s processes and ensure that dollars for active funds are allocated to support equitable, medium- and long-term disaster recovery and resilience.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Grants management:
    • Support the international funds team with planning, implementing and evaluating progress on program outcomes and departmental objectives, milestones, timelines and budgets.
    • Play a lead role in researching and sourcing potential new grantee partners, emphasizing locally-led organizations that have strong connections in affected communities and share CDP’s values.
    • Introduce and represent CDP’s mission and work to potential new partners, discussing initial concept ideas and determining programmatic alignment.
    • Effectively steward the grantmaking process through the Blackbaud Grant Management (BBGM) system for all international grants.
    • Lead the review and processing of partner requests for no-cost extensions, grant amendments and budget variances.
    • Keep up-to-date and understand the complexities of disasters, including the international humanitarian system and communities’ response and recovery needs.
    • Research organizations within each funded geographic region that have, or will likely, be critical to disaster response efforts.
    • Maintain an awareness of critical recovery needs in ongoing disasters to guide grantmaking decisions and to be an advocate for fundraising.
    • Working with the program team and within existing CDP systems, provide advice on improving processes that guide grants management for the funds.
    • As delegated by the director, plan and organize site visits to understand the needs of specific disasters and to aid in identifying and/or stewardship of grantee relationships.
    • Promote partnership and a culture of learning among grantee partners.
    • Collaborate with CDP’s cross-functional teams to ensure that impact stories are sourced, well-drafted and aligned with organizational and thematic program priorities.
    • In collaboration with the director and relevant functional areas within CDP, help identify and develop methods and systems for analyzing grant impact and effectiveness so that CDP disaster recovery funds can continue to model promising practices and effective disaster philanthropy.
  2. Knowledge management, learning, systems, data and documentation
    • Manage initial data entry of organizations, contacts, requests and deliverables, as assigned.
    • Maintain records of minutes and action items from key internal and external meetings and ensure appropriate follow-up on behalf of the international grantmaking team.
    • Edit, publish and send out grant applications and requests at the director’s direction.
    • Act as point of contact for development, communications and finance teams’ inquiries or requests related to administrative elements of international grants.
    • Coordinate all grant reporting efforts with international fund grantee partners, including tracking against BBGM and filing reports into Dropbox.
    • Lead in capturing and documenting key learning, innovations and promising practices for the disaster philanthropy community identified through grantmaking.
    • Provide thought leadership in disaster philanthropy and effective grantmaking by identifying compelling ideas and authoring and co-authoring blogs, articles and other learning products.
  3. Desk research and organizational support
    • Conduct primary or supplementary desk research into potential new or ongoing disasters and crises (context, needs, gaps, actors) and synthesize data in digestible, reader-friendly formats as requested.
    • Conduct internal and external research to contribute to strategic, programmatic and operational planning and implementation.
    • Become knowledgeable about CDP’s funding interests, services and culture.
    • Participate in and, at times, chair team discussions concerning grantmaking strategies, program management and process improvement.
    • Act as a thought partner to the director and other department staff in identifying effective and innovative ways to advance CDP’s mission and maintain and enhance our reputation as a leader in fund management and grantmaking.


  • 5+ years of progressive grantmaking experience in philanthropy, grantmaking or nonprofits required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in disasters and/or global humanitarian crises and the systems and actors poised to address related issues preferred.
  • Experience working internationally in a disaster or development context is preferred.
  • Possess a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven experience with general project administration and management.
  • Ability to independently manage a range of operational functions and/or staff.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking with precise attention to detail.
  • Ability to work remotely with minimal direct supervision and multi-task, including managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within a remote team environment.


  • Commitment to the values intrinsic to CDP’s mission and strategy, including the centrality of local leadership, equity and service to marginalized and vulnerable communities.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Team player
  • Sense of humor

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

We welcome and encourage applicants with non-traditional career paths.

If you don’t meet the qualifications outlined here, please apply and tell us how your experiences would equip you for the job.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to this link. Applications must highlight competencies against requirements.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.

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