Jan 12, 2022

Strategic Partnerships Manager

$60,000 - $75,000 yearly
  • DigDeep Right to Water Project
  • Remote (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description

Position: Strategic Partnerships Manager

Education requirements: No requirement; Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred

Employment type: Full-time, exempt

Location: Los Angeles, CA; remote possible

Compensation: $60,000- $75,000 DOE 

We Are DigDeep

The DigDeep Right to Water Project is the only WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) organization serving the 2.2+ million Americans who still don’t have a tap or a toilet at home. 

DigDeep believes access to clean water is a human right. Today, we run several nationally recognized programs that empower communities to build their own water and sanitation systems. We won the 2018 US Water Prize for our Navajo Water Project, which has brought clean, running water to hundreds of Native families across New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. DigDeep launched the Appalachia Water Project in July of 2020, which will bring clean, running water into the homes of Appalachia families across southwestern West Virginia and northeastern Kentucky. The project has already set up planning to work with PSD to install plumbing in approximately 150 homes in one section of McDowell County.

DigDeep is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose. DigDeep is built on the principles of equity, transparency and the power of human experience. Your work will improve the daily lives of real people – people you’re likely to meet. Every American should have the clean, running water they need to thrive. Join us, and we’ll close the US water gap in our lifetimes.

The Opportunity

DigDeep is seeking a highly motivated and entrepreneurial Strategic Partnerships Manager (SPM) to join an energetic and collaborative development team during an exciting time of growth. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Partnerships, the Strategic Partnerships Manager is responsible for supporting DigDeep’s relationship management, engagement, and communication strategies with our institutional partners, including corporate, foundation, and public funders. The SPM is responsible for writing compelling grant proposals, donor reports, and other materials that inspire investment and deepen engagement from current and prospective funders, securing five- and six-figure gifts.

Collaborating closely with other development team members, communications staff, contractors, and program team members the SPM will support short- and long-term plans for partner retention, diversification of revenue streams, and identification of new partnership opportunities with a focus on building a pipeline of institutional funders for the next five years. The ideal candidate will be adept at thinking strategically, be an effective plan implementer, engaging storyteller, a quick learner, and problem solver, and will demonstrate extreme attention to detail with a deep commitment to water as a human right.

REPORTS TO: Director of Strategic Partnerships


SUPPORTED BY: Development Officer, Development Assistant, Development Fellow, Social Media Coordinator

Key Responsibilities 

This is what you’ll do once you join the team:

  • Support implementation of the Director’s high-impact program to bolster strategic partnerships, institutional giving, and engagement strategy. This program encompasses the cultivation of corporations, private and community foundations
  • Identify, write, and submit compelling grant proposals and budgets, at the direction of the Director and in collaboration with the organization’s program staff and other departments as necessary, focusing on priority projects and unfunded program needs
  • Serve as a primary writer and contributor on transformational institutional grant proposals, report submissions, and corporate solicitations, helping to position the organization for ongoing and new support from institutional funders
  • Manage a comprehensive grant management system and track all deliverable due dates and progress toward milestones
  • Communicate in a timely and effective manner externally with partners and internally with Program, Operations, and Finance on upcoming deadlines
  • In coordination with the Director, arrange meetings with corporations and foundations to deliver presentations, cultivate relationships, and steward long-term partnerships
  • Maintain ongoing communication with program teams on projects, activities and statistics for use in grant language and corporate pitches
  • Manage all necessary records, files, reports, databases and resource materials pertinent to grant activities and partnerships remain up to date and accurate
  • Build first-hand knowledge of the DigDeep model and impact by getting to know program staff, participating in relevant program team discussions and activities, and traveling to visit project sites

As the organization continues to evolve, duties or tasks may change without impacting the overall Job Description.


  • Foster Teamwork: You can work both independently and as a collaborative team member. You listen and respond constructively to colleagues’ feedback and ideas. You provide support where needed, seek assistance when necessary. You have a desire to build and maintain relationships with others.
  • Managing Change: You’re a creative thinker with the ability to innovate and are comfortable in a rapidly evolving organization. Effectively navigates uncertainties and incomplete information with a problem-solving mindset to identify appropriate strategies, creatively apply solutions.
  • Fostering Innovation: You are innovative and adaptive and believe anything is figure-out-able. You propose and implement your own ideas and suggestions in order to develop and streamline processes.
  • Excellent Communicator: You are able to clearly express yourself verbally and in writing. You have the ability to creatively plan and deliver written communications, utilizing graphics, statistics, and language in such a way as to have maximum impact on the intended audience. 
  • Builds Collaborative Relationships: You develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships inside and outside the organization with those who can provide information, assistance, and support in furtherance of the organization’s mission. Your team management skills include a strong vision and clear direction, sound judgement, good communication and conflict management skills. You’re culturally sensitive and have experience supporting the development of diverse, inclusive and equitable work environments, including an openness for learning.
  • Results Oriented: You develop clear goals for self, team, and projects. You maintain commitment to goals, and employ creative, strategic solutions in the face of obstacles. Eager to take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency and enthusiasm. You have proven experience with managing complex timelines for multiple project proposals at once and the management skills to hold collaborating team members to these timelines.
  • Technical Expertise: You have demonstrated ability and depth of knowledge with the technology in the desired technical area. You effectively use and apply technical knowledge, and use your knowledge to identify solutions to existing problems. 

Hiring Organization

DigDeep Right to Water Project


We want to hear from you if you have:

  • 4-5 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and grant management which may include (but is not limited to) grant writing/reporting, funder cultivation/solicitation, stewardship, communications, and/or corporate giving
  • Superb writing skills required; grant-writing experience required
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • Experience with and solid understanding of donor CRM systems
  • Proficiency in Google Doc/Suite, Zoom, MS Office

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Human Services, Social Justice


Mid-Senior level


At DigDeep, we believe that great work requires a great job. We pride ourselves on creating industry-leading employment opportunities for our team across the United States. We’re a supportive environment that values creativity, diversity and quick- thinking.

Here’s how we’ll support you in your work:

  • $60,000 - $75,000 DOE
  • Generous PTO and sick leave
  • 23 weeks paid Parental Leave
  • Annual Professional Development Stipend
  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, 100% employer paid
  • One Medical membership 
  • Life insurance, 100% employer paid
  • Monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • 401k retirement plan, with employer match

Application Instructions


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume here.

References should be available upon request. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will respond to all applicants. Please note that DigDeep cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position. No office visits. No calls please. Thank you.

DigDeep is a certified Great Place to Work® 

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