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Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Washington, District of Columbia

Category: Other
Field of Interest: Other

Job Description:

Title: Director, CDP Disaster Recovery Funds, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Position Type: Full-Time, exempt

Location: United States, Flexible


The Opportunity

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) seeks a Director to manage all aspects of CDP disaster recovery funds and associated grantmaking and grants management.


This person will act as the manager for CDP’s disaster recovery funds on a day-to-day basis. In collaboration with the vice president, the director will implement, monitor, and refine grantmaking strategies for CDP’s disaster recovery funds, and communicate these strategies to board, staff, nonprofit organizations, funders, and other organizations as necessary. Ultimately, this person will work to allocate dollars for active funds in a manner that meets the medium- and long-term recovery needs of vulnerable affected populations.


Specifically, this person will oversee and manage:

  • The grant awards process for the CDP 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund and subsequent grants management.
  • The grants management efforts for the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, the CDP Global Refugee Crisis Fund, the CDP Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund.
  • Grants management for any subsequent Disaster Funds.
  • The grant committee of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance and associated grantmaking as well as grants management.
  • The grantmaking efforts that flow out of CDP’s partnership with trusted partners.


Responsibilities & Duties

  • Using existing CDP systems, improve upon the processes that guide grants management for the funds.
  • Work with CDP’s director of communications to create collateral materials (digital and paper) that explain CDP’s recovery funds as needed.
  • Identify, research and reach out to organizations within each fund geographic region that have, or will likely, be critical to disaster response efforts.
  • Identify, research, and reach out to local and national foundations that have contributed to disaster response and recovery efforts across the geographic areas under management.
  • Establish relationships with nonprofits and potential grantees globally, provide oversight, grants management and follow-up with grantees.
  • Represent CDP by attending meetings and site visits.
  • Represent CDP and the CDP disaster recovery funds to the public, community leaders, social service, and community-based organizations, disaster experts, and colleagues in the field of philanthropy.
  • Manage grantee relationships and the implementation of program concepts.
  • Promote partnership and a culture of learning among grantees.


  • Oversee active grants, review grant reports, monitor and evaluate progress of grantees, and provide clear communications and guidance to grantees, applicants, and other interested parties.
  • Collaborate with the CDP communications team to ensure that impact stories are shared widely.
  • Manage all administrative functions relating to the fund program and grantees.
  • In collaboration with the vice president and president & CEO, develop methods and systems for analyzing grant impact and effectiveness so that CDP disaster recovery funds can continue to model disaster philanthropy.


The Director will report to CDP’s vice president. Direct reports to the director include a program coordinator. The director is welcome to work from a remote location.


The Organization

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is an exciting venture that is changing the face of emergency-related grant-making, moving it from a reactive and emotion-driven response, to one focused on increasing the effectiveness of the private donor’s dollar for the good of affected communities worldwide. By providing donors with the tools they need to make decisions to support disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, CDP brings more private philanthropic money to disaster response efforts and channels those funds in an innovative and strategic manner. CDP offers three distinct services to donors: 1) Promotion of learning and information through a website and interactive portal, webinars and convenings; 2) mechanisms for pooling resources with a unique preparedness, risk reduction and recovery focus; and 3) custom consulting services to help donors be more strategic in their giving.



  • Graduate degree preferred in a related field; bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of related experience or a combination of equivalent experience and education.
  • Experience in the disaster management field, immediate response and/or long-term community recovery of a local or regional disaster.
  • Experience in grantmaking, a background in philanthropy and/or leadership experience in a nonprofit organization.
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.



  • Mission-driven
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to work independently
  • Team player
  • Deadline driven and detail-oriented
  • Sense of humor



Travel may include up to 40 percent of the director’s time.


Qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume to: by July 15, 2018. Veterans and persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.