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Communications & Fundraising Manager

Sector: Communications, Fundraising, Program Support
Sector: Communications, Fundraising, Program Support
Location: Oak Park, IL
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Full-Time, 40 hours

Description

Women’s Global Education Project (WGEP) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to education and gender equality. WGEP’s mission is to empower young people in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly women and girls, through education to build better lives and foster equitable communities. Since 2004, WGEP girls’ education and literacy programs have impacted over 10,000 people in 73 of the most impoverished communities in Senegal and Kenya. WGEP believes that every girl should have the opportunity to attend school and obtain a quality education.

WGEP recently implemented a USAID-funded program in Senegal—the Our Sisters Read program which aimed to improve the foundational reading skills of primary school children in rural Senegal and create lifetime-learners. Program activities engaged and supported primary-aged school children, their families and communities to create and strengthen a culture of reading while reducing the gender gap in reading and education. The program constructed two library/computer centers; designed and implemented a range of activities to engage and motivate program participants to become avid readers and, most significantly, fostered a community of teachers, parents and villages who support literacy and educational advancement for their children.

In 2018, WGEP began a partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Senegal to pilot a girls’ leadership program called Our Sisters Lead. Emerging leaders among high school girls in rural Senegal will be empowered to become change agents in their own communities through a series of workshops and hands-on service projects. These inspiring young women will then become mentors and role models to young girls who face similar challenges in their everyday lives.

Job Summary

WGEP is seeking a Communications and Fundraising Manager to lead the communications and fundraising components of a growing international nonprofit organization. With a budget of over $700,000, WGEP ‘s revenue is sourced from foundations, individuals, businesses and an annual fundraising event.

The Communications and Development Manager will lead internal and external communication activities. This includes the creation, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic materials such as e-newsletters, annual report, WGEP website and social media. S/he will manage the grant calendar, write proposals, and develop fundraising campaigns. S/he will lead the planning and organization of the annual fundraising event.

This position is an exciting growth opportunity for individuals with an interest in international development who would like to further their exposure to this field.

Responsibilities

Communications

  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic materials including monthly e-newsletters, annual report, information sheets, thank you letters, WGEP website and social media, including regular Facebook updates and twitter posts.
    - Write e-newsletter content and send e-blast via eTapestry software
    - Write and send acknowledgement letters to individual donors
    - Write content/program updates for WGEP website as well as other websites such as Global Giving, Foundation Beyond Belief, Guide Star, etc.
    - Develop and design Annual Report content and layout
  • Represent WGEP to stakeholders, interested parties, and the public
  • Prepare program reports for Board of Directors and Young Professionals Board

Fundraising

  • Write proposals and reports for prospective and current institutional donors
  • Develop donor correspondence & communicate directly with donors and potential funders in support of the current capital campaign
  • Manage calendar of important deadlines for grant reports and proposal
  • Lead planning and implementation of WGEP’s Annual Gala
    - Design of invitation and all gala printed materials
    - Manage event planning and logistics
    - Acquire and coordinate silent auction items
    - Manage volunteers and liaise with on-site personnel
    - Develop content and layout for specific campaigns including annual holiday appeal

Requirements

Essential
• Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree preferred
• Minimum of 3-5 years experience in communications/fundraising/development
• Experience working with Executive Director and volunteer Board of Directors
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Knowledge and ability to use eTapestry donor software or similar
• Excellent communication skills, comfort working with wide-range of constituents.
• Strong understanding of current trends in digital media/social media
• Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management
• Superior organizational skills/ability and exceptional attention to detail
• Ability to work in small office and willingness to implement variety of tasks
• Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel

Desirable
• Knowledge of international development and a passion for girls’ education in developing countries
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite
• Knowledge of WordPress or similar website management system
• French language skills

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@womensglobal.org

Women’s Global Education Project seeks to fill the position as soon as possible.

Salary commensurate with experience. WGEP offers health and retirement benefits.