Engagement Manager- West Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI


Reports to:        Director of Global Engagement
FLSA Status:     Full time, exempt
Location:          West Michigan          

The Partners Worldwide vision is to end poverty so all may have a fruitful and abundant life as the prophet Isaiah foretells. Every staff member plays a significant role in making that vision a reality through creating jobs, growing businesses, and affirming businesspeople so all may flourish.

The position of Engagement Manager serves the critical role in major donor development and volunteer recruitment to secure the financial and human resources needed to support our global partnership network. Our unique partnership model mobilizes long-term, hands-on global relationships to form a powerful Christian network that is working to create flourishing economic environments around the world.  This position will contribute to the mission by increasing, strengthening and diversifying Partners Worldwide’s funding sources by growing the financial support provided by existing donors and developing new donor relationships. The primary responsibility of the Engagement Manager is to ensure the organization has the human and financial resources to fulfill the mission and vision of Partners Worldwide (PW).  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Increase the annual financial support provided by an assigned group of major donors to strengthen their commitment for the work of PW
  • Establish relationships with new major donors to engage with PW supporting our work at a global, regional or partnership level. A new donor development goal will be established each year.
  • Facilitate the development of Worldwide and Regional Fund donors in a designated territory at a major gift level of $5,000 or greater
  • Recruit Christian businesspeople to become engaged as Business Affiliates, Mentor or Subject Matter Expert within the Partnership Model of Partners Worldwide. Specific objectives will be assigned each year.
  • Continuous development and management of a major donor and Business Affiliate prospect pipeline, following our four-step prospect development process – qualification, cultivation, invitation and stewardship.
  • Develop donors at all stages of their lifecycle including the area of planned giving and estate planning.
  • Collaborate with the Regional Facilitators to raise the necessary funds to support the regional budgets.
  • Work with the Regional Director’s to develop plans to serve and support the existing Business Affiliates (volunteers) engaged in our regional partnerships. 
  • Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Ensure that all donor contacts and activities are logged into the PW contact management system (CRM) in a timely manner.
  • Ensure regular communication with major donors updating them on the impact of their support and sharing stories of transformation from the field.
  • Represent PW at select conferences and events to raise awareness and support for our work. This will include PW Connect events, and engaging individuals, groups, businesses or churches to contribute their time, talent, experience and resources in our global partnership network.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Mature Christian faith that is embodied in everyday work, words, and interactions
  • High energy and passion for PW's vision and mission is essential
  • Relational and a lover of people
  • Experience in business with preference to sales, business development or fundraising. Demonstrated success in cultivating existing and establishing new customer relationships
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Demonstrated ability to speak confidently in large group settings. Ability to influence and engage a wide range of customers and build long-term relationships
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a professional who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Skills to articulate effectively, intelligently, credibly, and passionately the financial resource needs of PW
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks or projects at one time
  • High level of cross-cultural intelligence with preference given to candidates with previous experience working in a global environment
  • Ability to travel domestically (6 - 8 times per year) and internationally (1 – 2 times per year)

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-5 years business experience in sales, fundraising or other related business experience preferred
  • Related work experiences that may be relevant to perform the essential duties and responsibilities outlined on page one

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

This position may require the team member to work out of a home office. This position may require occasional work on nights and weekends for meetings and/or events. The physical demands for this position are typical for a professional office environment and must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.